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This page about historic Illinois is a supplement to Illinois Social Studies where you will find additional material including history, colleges and universities, capital city profile, lesson plans, state government and more.

Go to Illinois Social Studies - Illinois History - Capital City Springfield, Illinois - Illinois Tourism - Illinois Disasters - Illinois Geography - Illinois Lesson Plans - Illinois Colleges and Universities


A to Z Kids Stuff | Illinois __ General onformation about Illinois for kids including history resources. - From -

Chicago Historical Society History Files ___"Get the inside story on some of Chicago's most memorable events!" Topics the Great Fire, the White Sox baseball scandal and Al Capone. - Illustrated - From the Chicago Historical Society -

Early Illinois History __ A history of Illinois pre and early statehood. - From -

Famous Illinois People Illinoisans  __ You will find a list of famous people who are a part of the history of Illinois. - From -

Find a Grave - Illinois ___Brief biographies of 1,122 'famous' citizens, many with information about their claims to fame, causes of death and burial places, and photos. - Illustrated - From Find a Grave - 


Historical Museums of Illinois - A History Guide __ "Illinois history museums. Learn about historic Illinois and discover the history of Illinois people. Locate history museums in Illinois, place histories, illinois genealogy data, old illinois newspapers, historic illinois photos, state symbols, history timelines and other Illinois history information." - illustrated - From -

History of Illinois __ "Cahokia, the urban center of the pre-Columbian Mississippian culture, was located near present-day Collinsville, Illinois. That civilization vanished circa 1400-1500 for unknown reasons. The next major power in the region was the Illiniwek Confederation, a political alliance among several tribes. The Illiniwek gave Illinois its name. The Illini suffered in the seventeenth century as Iroquois expansion forced them to compete with several tribes for land. The Illini were replaced in Illinois by the Pottawatomie, Miami, Sauk, and other tribes." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia - 
Home in the Heartland ___"Welcome to this exhibit about family life in Illinois from 1700 to the present. You will have the opportunity to meet real people and share in their decision making." - Illustrated - From the Illinois State Museum - 

Horner ___A biography of Governor Henry Horner. - Illustrated - By Howard B. Austin - 

Illinois ___A good overview of the history of Illinois, plus statistics, demographic information, and links to "... selected famous natives and residents." - Illustrated - From Pearson Education, publishing as Infoplease - 


Illinois Entered the Union as the 21st State ___An overview of the history of Illinois, spread over three short pages. - Illustrated - From the Library of Congress - 

Illinois Ghost Towns ___These brief reports about this state's ghost towns are submitted by viewers. - Map - From - 

Illinois: History ___Topics include early inhabitants, Abraham Lincoln and the labor movement. - Text only - From The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. -

Illinois History __ "A Historical Overview of Illinois from Native American Inhabitants through World War II"   You will find a multi-page, in depth history. - From -  
Illinois History Documents, 1673-2000 ___Find dozens of transcripts of letters, diaries, memos, treaties and other historical documents arranged by five time periods. - Text only - From Dr. Clay Skinner -

The Illinois History Resource Page __ One of the best resource sites you will find for Illinois history. - From Mark W. Sorensen -

Illinois State Historical Society __ "The Illinois State Historical Society was founded in 1899 to support the Illinois State Historical Library and to encourage research and writing on subjects of Illinois history."  Learn about the organization, goals and accomplishments. - illustrated - From -

Illinois State History __ "In 1673, French explorers canoed down the Mississippi River, the western boundary of what is now Illinois and eventually northward on the Illinois River. Other expeditions followed and in 1675, Father Jacques Marquette founded a mission at the Kaskaskia Indian Village near present-day Ottawa."  this and more in this general overview of Illinois history. - From -    

Illinois, Timeline of State History __ "Browse a chronological timeline of important events and dates in this state's history. Provides a guide to the state's history, geography, statistical data, and colleges." - From -  

Lincoln Home Tour ___"We are pleased to have you visit the Lincoln Home website. Please use it to learn more about Abraham Lincoln, to take a virtual tour of the Lincoln Home, and to plan your visit to Lincoln Home National Historic Site." History of Illinois. - Illustrated - From the National Parks Service - 


State of Illinois History ___Not an attractive page, but the facts are here. - Text only - From NorthEastern Genealogy - 
Twenty Years At Hull House ___You can read the entire text of Jane Addams' book on these pages. It deals with the author's experiences and observations in Chicago's industrial district at the end of the nineteenth century. - Illustrated - From the University of Virginia - 

The US50 - A Guide to the State of Illinois ___A general state history overview and brief biographies of historic figures. - Text only - From Erik Schubach and -

The Winnebago War and Why Illinoisians are Called "Suckers" ___An interesting article about 'suckers' and 'pukes.' No, I'm not kidding. - Text only - From Gov. Thomas Ford. 1854. A History of Illinois - 


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