Illinois History

Discover the history, stories and people of Illinois. Visit historic communities, meet American presidents and tour a prehistoric city.


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Abe Lincoln at the Old State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois

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  • Illinois History

    Land of Lincoln

    Check out 10 notable historic sites in central Illinois where the 16th president’s living legacy shines. Follow in Abe Lincoln’s footsteps in New Salem and Springfield.
    Looking for Lincoln
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    Nauvoo is a historic Mormon community founded in 1839 on the banks of the Mississippi River. Explore more than 30 historic sites from 1839-1846.
    Experience Historic Nauvoo
  • Illinois History

    Amish Country

    Plan a trip to picturesque Amish country in central Illinois, where black buggies rule the road, teams of horses plow the fields and the locals greet you with a friendly wave.
    Experience Amish Life
  • Illinois History

    Cahokia Mounds

    Discover America’s ancient past at Cahokia Mounds. This State Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Centre is the remains of a prehistoric city that stood from 800 to 1400 AD.
    Visit Cahokia Mounds

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