Morgan County Historical Society
Under the auspices of the Morgan County Historical Society (MCHS), Prairieland Chautauqua will produce Illinois: A Bicentennial Celebration. This event consists of twelve, independent, hour-long programs presented over the Labor Day weekend, 2018, reflecting on 200 years of Illinois history. This event is free and open to the public.
Liberty Bell of the West Chapter, Illinois Society, NSDAR
The Liberty Bell of the West Chapter, Illinois Society, NSDAR will erect a monument in Chester, Illinois at a site between the Randolph County Court House and the Randolph County Museum. The monument will honor Randolph County's patriots of the American Revolution while recognizing the county's heritage as the birthplace of Illinois. The dedication of the monument will coincide with the observance of the Illinois Bicentennial.
The 37th Quilt Show sponsored by the Decatur Quilters Guild will be held at the Decatur Civic Center on June 29-30, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The featured speaker both days will be Suzi Perron, author of Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement. Over 200 quilts from Illinois quilting artists will be on display with a special display of past quilts by guild members. Many vendors featuring fiber arts for quilting enthusiasts will be present.
In August, 2018, Illinois will celebrate its 200th anniversary of statehood. In addition, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site is celebrating its 100th year of live performances in Kelso Hollow, home to Theatre in the Park. For a century people have flocked to New Salem for live entertainment which makes it the longest continuously running outdoor venue in Central Illinois. Theatre in the Park will continue its tradition of historical/period productions as well as the founding of the United States of America and Illinois’ statehood by presenting 1776 as the opening production of its season. Theatre in the Park believes this production will be a perfect event to help kick-off a summer of bicentennial events in Central Illinois.
Show Times: May 18-20, 2018; 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
This Illinois Bicentennial event is perfect for adults and children alike. The program, “Happy Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash, 1818-2018”, will be presented by actor Terry Lynch of Histories For Kids. This professional program will encompass the early years of Illinois historical happenings as well as some famous Illinoisans. It will be hosted by the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution Fort Dearborn Chapter of Evanston which was organized in 1894 (with a co-sponsorship by the Skokie Valley Chapter).