ILLINOIS STATE FAIR -- History is serious fun and games at the Illinois State Fair!
ILLINOIS STATE FAIR -- A ribbon from the 1894 Illinois State Fair is one of the newest acquisitions on display at the Illinois State Fair Museum.
HOOPESTON -- A huge street party Saturday night will raise money to restore an iconic building in one local community.
CLINTON -- One of the soldiers buried at Clinton's Woodlawn Cemetery has a matching headstone where the Battle of Shiloh was fought.
PAWNEE - Coal-mining brought Pawnee into its own, bringing people and even the town's own rail line. Local author and historian Skip Minder shares some Pawnee history.
CLINTON -- A walking tour will highlight the town's role in DeWitt County and even national history!
SPRINGFIELD -- Did you know that Illinois was once oceanfront property? Fish fossils help tell the story of changes over the last five million years in a permanent exhibit at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.
CLINTON -- Clinton was founded as a stopping point between Decatur and Bloomington. Many changes have happened in the last century and a half!
SPRINGFIELD -- The Lincoln Library, the public library of Springfield, now hosts an exhibit on the old Pillsbury mill.
MAHOMET -- Whether you lived in the 21st century or the 19th century, little devices have made our lives easier. Valerie Hall of the Museum of the Grand Prairie shows us a few tools and devices that Central Illinoisans of the late 1800's just couldn't live without!
TUSCOLA -- This weekend, Tuscola will celebrate Train Day, part of National Train Day.
DANVILLE -- The Vermilion County Museum celebrates it's 50th anniversary with family-friend activities and historic characters.
SPRINGFIELD -- Work began this week on a projected $1+ million rehabilitation project that will restore one of Springfield's oldest structures to its Lincoln-era appearance.
SPRINGFIELD -- It's a national model of historic restoration right here in Central Illinois. The Old State Capitol in Springfield was built, added to, then "unbuilt" and restored: stone by stone and plank by plank.
BEMENT -- Just like today, in the old days, fire could be devastating. So inventors came up with an array of firefighting devices, some of which are on display in a new exhibit at the Bryan Cottage Historic Site in Bement.
SPRINGFIELD -- An area museum is using an old film recorder and film reels to help tell the story of soldiers' experiences during the Korean War.
MAHOMET -- Artifacts recently donated to the Museum of the Grand Prairie, including lice combs, dinnerware, and children's toys, shed new light on life in Central Illinois in the 1830s.
He's a world-famous architect who designed a home in Springfield for music-loving social reformer Susan Lawrence Dana. A century later, the music returns with a series called Made for Music, debuting this weekend. ciLiving's Matt Metcalf got a tour of the home and a preview of the first concert featuring seven-time Grammy Award-winning Paul Wertico of Wertico Cain & Gray.
It’s home to the largest archive of original music by famed band leader John Philip Sousa. But this archives is also preserving music of the modern period that was written, performed, and created right here in Central Illinois.
Remember when received mail was a thrill? When you received a postcard, you knew someone was thinking about you- and travelling to somewhere exciting. Postcards tell an important historical story, too, showcasing the places citizens considered the "pride" of their town. Matt Metcalf takes you on a postcard tour of Urbana.
Next time you attend a University of Illinois basketball game at Assembly Hall, stop and look around. You're in the presence of architectural greatness! It's construction was- and still is- an architectural feat! CI Living's Matt Metcalf looks back at the construction of Assembly Hall... completed 50 years ago just in time for the first game in March 1963.