On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the union. The Illinois Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration of what has been BORN, BUILT & GROWN in the state and a reminder of why we are #IllinoisProud. The links below will show you more about the bicentennial and how the Lincoln Presidential Library is celebrating.
From Illinois to the White House
Throughout 2018, the museum will offer a special exhibit on the lives and legacies of the four presidents who called Illinois home: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. See what made them great communicators. Learn how their wives shaped their careers. Answer trivia questions. Find out what it’s like to read from a teleprompter.
Top 200 of Illinois
Help choose the top people places and things in Illinois history! Every two weeks you can vote online in a new category, like books, athletes, inventions or leaders. You can also see previous categories and find out who made the top 10.
Every day is historic in Illinois! Listen to audio clips about the most fascinating, important or bizarre event on each day of the year.