DuPage County Historical Museum
Who were the people who founded our State of Illinois 200 years ago? What did they dream about? What did they eat? How did they dress? And, most importantly how did they celebrate becoming the 21st state in the United States of America?
Enjoy an evening of partying like it’s 1818 with Ellie of Ellie Presents to celebrate Illinois becoming the 21st state! Sample the food, have your silhouette made, dance the dances, and hear the music that may have played as Illinois celebrated its birthday 200 years ago.
McHenry County Historical Society & Museum
Janette Dwyer, former owner of Quilt Quarters in Geneseo, has spent the past 26 years sewing and collecting quilts. Her collection, which now tops 300, dates from the 1880s to the present day. She will bring about 30 quilts with her for the presentation – including two gems from the Century of Progress at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. She will talk about the quilts, as well as the fair's history, and show off other “bargains” she has uncovered. The Gazebo Valor Quilters, a group of about 40 women from the northwest suburbs, also will honor veterans with quilts that day. A drawing for the Heritage Quilters’ raffle quilt, an homage to World War I titled “Forever Poppies” and a show-and-tell also are part of the program.
Morris Library, SIU Carbondale
Visit Morris Library's Hall of Presidents and Chancellors and view a poster exhibit featuring several early maps from the library's Special Collections Research Center that show how southern Illinois was settled before the rest of the state.
Exhibit is open December 18, 2017 through March 30, 2018.
McDonough County Historical Society
The McDonough County Historical Society is pleased to welcome Dr. John Hallwas, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Western Illinois University, who will give a talk entitled, "W.H.Hainline: Newspaper Editor, Local Historian, and Community Builder." He also will comment on the release of a new book, Memory and Community: The Life and Writings of W.H. Hainline, edited by John Hallwas and Kathy Nichols.
Illinois Bicentennail Commission
On December 3, 2018, we will celebrate Illinois’ 200th birthday with a gala party at the United Center in Chicago.
For 200 years Illinoisans have made exceptional contributions to their communities, to the State, to the country and to society. Throughout 2018, municipalities across the state, communities, colleges, museums, organizations and many others will share those names and stories. The Bicentennial Birthday Gala will be the culmination of a yearlong engagement to commemorate and archive the Illinois Bicentennial Hall of Fame.