Picture of an open archival folder containing a Civil War letter and envelope as well as a photograph of a Civil War soldier. Image also includes an open diary on book supports and an archival box. All items are found in the Stephen A. Forbes Collection at the IHLC.

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.
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