"Many people will visit Illinois during
the Memorial Day weekend, and many state residents will have
Memorial Day off," said Robert Coomer, director of the Illinois
Historic Preservation Agency. "Governor Blagojevich has urged us to
make Illinois' historic treasures available for all to see during
this holiday, and we are pleased to make that happen."
Most state historic sites operate on a
five-day-per-week schedule and would have been closed on Memorial
Day since it falls on a Monday, one of the days when sites are
Under the governor's direction,
three sites -- Lincoln's New Salem, the Old State Capitol and
Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices -- have resumed seven-day-per-week
operations for the tourist season this year, and his proposed budget
would allow most of the state's other historic sites to be open
seven days per week during the 2006 tourist season.
The newly-opened Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Museum will also be open on Memorial Day.
The following state historic sites
will be open on Memorial Day:
A reconstructed log fort marks the site of an 1832 Black Hawk War
The state operates the Colony Church, Bjorklund Hotel and Bishop
Hill Museum as public sites from an entire 1846 Swedish community.
Black Hawk, Rock Island.
The Hauberg Indian Museum depicts the daily lives of the
indigenous Sauk and Mesquakie tribes, and the site features a
large natural area for hiking.
Cahokia Courthouse, Cahokia.
Constructed in 1737, this French log building was the government
center of the old Northwest Territory until 1814.
Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville.
This World Heritage Site preserves the remnants of a huge Indian
city that thrived from 700 to 1100 A.D. It includes a world-class
museum and the tallest prehistoric earthen mound in the Western
Carl Sandburg Birthplace, Galesburg.
This small cottage was the 1878 birthplace of poet and author Carl
Dana-Thomas House, Springfield.
Designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this lavish 1904
residence has been fully restored and is the most complete of
Wright's early Prairie-style dwellings.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice and close Lincoln ally David Davis and
his wife, Sarah, built this lavish Victorian mansion in 1872.
David Davis Mansion, Bloomington
The tomb is the final resting place of Stephen A. Douglas, one of
the most prominent political leaders in American history.
Douglas Tomb, Chicago
A reconstructed stone fort duplicates one built by the French in
the mid-1700s. From the fort the French controlled much of the
Mississippi River Valley until the French and Indian War.
Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher
The earthworks are all that remain of this mid-1700s French fort,
which now provide visitors with a majestic view of the Mississippi
River. A nearby campground allows overnight stays.
Fort Kaskaskia, Ellis Grove
The grateful residents of the northern Illinois community of
Galena presented this house to hometown hero Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
when he returned from the Civil War in 1865.
Ulysses S. Grant Home, Galena
Jubilee College, Brimfield.
This 1839 Episcopal seminary lives on in a wonderfully restored
main building, outbuildings and 3,000 acres of open fields and
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A new museum and a reconstructed fort commemorate the five months
the Lewis and Clark Expedition spent in Illinois preparing for
their momentous Journey of Discovery.
Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices,
Springfield. The only
surviving structure in which Abraham Lincoln maintained working
law offices, this building features a period post office, federal
courtroom and Lincoln's fully restored office.
Lincoln Log Cabin, Lerna.
This living history farm accurately re-creates an 1840s farm where
Abraham Lincoln's parents lived in rural Coles County.
Lincoln's New Salem, Petersburg.
A re-created 1830s village complete with more than 30 log
buildings transports visitors to the place Abraham Lincoln called
home for six years.
Lincoln Tomb, Springfield.
The final resting place of the 16th president, his wife and three
of their four sons is located in the nation's second-most-visited
This 1790 home, one of the oldest of its kind in Illinois,
displays the unique vertical log construction on French dwellings
in the Mississippi River Valley.
Martin-Boismenue House, North Dupo
Abraham Lincoln argued cases in this 1845 courthouse, which
features a fully restored courtroom and exhibits.
Metamora Courthouse, Metamora
. This courthouse
was the center of Logan County government from 1848 to 1855, and
Abraham Lincoln argued cases there as an attorney. Its
second-floor courtroom has been fully restored.
Mount Pulaski Courthouse, Mount
The Market House was the focal point of community life, and the
restored 1845 building now includes displays about Galena's
Old Market House, Galena
This building served as the seat of Illinois government from 1839
to 1876. Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas and many other famous
Illinoisans served there as legislators.
Old State Capitol, Springfield
French-American entrepreneur and politician Pierre Menard built
this elegant residence in the early 1800s on a bluff overlooking
the Mississippi River. It is the finest example of French Colonial
architecture in the central Mississippi River valley.
Pierre Menard Home, Ellis Grove
This reproduction of the 1840-1847 Logan County Courthouse
re-creates the years when Abraham Lincoln, David Davis and others
practiced law here as circuit riders.
Postville Courthouse, Lincoln
The birthplace and residence of poet, author and artist Vachel
Lindsay is just south of Illinois' executive mansion and features
some Lincoln connections as well.
Vachel Lindsay Home, Springfield
The oldest remaining capitol building in Illinois hosted Abraham
Lincoln and other state legislators until 1839, when the state
capital was moved to Springfield.
Vandalia Statehouse, Vandalia
These memorials, all located in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery,
recognize Illinois residents who fought and died in the three
Illinois Veterans Memorials -- World
War II, Korean War and Vietnam.
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