Elaine Evans / Thursday, November 30, 2017 / Categories: Bicentennial Event Celebrating 200 Years: The Illinois Bicentennial Macon County Conservation District A new exhibit, "Celebrating 200 Years: The Illinois Bicentennial" is now open in the exhibit hall at Rock Springs Nature Center. In honor of the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018, the exhibit celebrates the first 200 years of Illinois history. In "Celebrating 200 Years," you can learn about the early years in Illinois’ history and discover a very different state from the one we know today. One section of the exhibit explores how Illinois became a state in 1818 and the people who worked to make it possible. You can meet famous Illinoisans from Abraham Lincoln to Enrico Fermi and discover the stories of how people from this state have made history. You can also see many fascinating objects from Illinois history, including a ticket from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and a program from the 1929 Macon County Centennial Pageant, on loan from the Macon County History Museum. "Celebrating 200 Years" is currently open to visitors, and you can see it through January 31, 2018. Admission to the exhibit and Rock Springs Nature Center is free. Rock Springs Nature Center is open Monday-Wednesday and Friday, from 8am-5pm; Thursday, 8am-8pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; and Sunday, 1-5pm. More information can be found at www.maconcountyconservation.org. Location: North Exhibit Hall Rock Springs Nature Center 3939 Nearing Lane Decatur, IL 62521 (Map) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 217-423-7708 Previous Article Heartland~A Musical History of Illinois Next Article Be a Bicentennial Member! Print 168 Rate this article: No rating Please login or register to post comments.