Welcome to the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections blog! This blog will highlight different topics in Illinois history, as well as the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Read below to learn more about the upcoming blog series we have planned.

  • If you follow our Facebook account, you may be familiar with our ongoing #SmallTownSaturday series. We will now post new #SmallTownSaturday features here on the blog every other Saturday. We will post previous features on the blog as well. If you would like to learn more about a particular small town in Illinois, please let us know!
  • We will also feature #OnThisDay posts for select dates in Illinois history.
  • In 2018, Illinois will celebrate its 200th anniversary of statehood (1818-2018). For the bicentennial, the IHLC will create blog posts focused on different themes in Illinois history for each month of 2018. Themes will include women in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, colleges in Illinois, African Americans in Illinois, Illinoisans in the Civil War, sports in Illinois, and others. Check back each week to learn more as we celebrate the long and fascinating history of the Prairie State.

Want to know more about a person, place, or event in Illinois history? Email us at ihlc@library.illinois.edu or send us a message on Facebook (Illinois History and Lincoln Collections), Instagram (@illinoisihlc), or Twitter (@illinoisIHLC) and we can feature the topic you’re interested in on a future blog post.

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