Illinois Bicentennial


The Story of Illinois through Museum Objects:
Online Exhibition

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The Illinois State Museum and the Illinois Association of Museums are collaborating on a new website in celebration of the State’s Bicentennial. The Story of Illinois will include objects and artifacts from museums and other cultural organizations that tell the history of Illinois. The website will be changing throughout the year with additions from museums across the state.

We hope you will consider being a part of this exciting virtual exhibition. We welcome submissions of objects and artifacts representing the history of Illinois in the areas of anthropology/archaeology, botany, decorative arts, fine art, geology, history, and zoology. Institutions may submit up to five objects that best showcase the story of the Illinois from their collection. All objects remain the property of the contributing institution and objects will be credited throughout the website. All submissions must have a connection to Illinois or an Illinoisan and may not be buildings or places. Click here to view the project guidelines.

Please send your submission and/or questions to [email protected].