Many sites have been open daily during the 2006 summer tourist
season as a result of a budget initiative by Gov. Rod R.
Blagojevich, and these sites will resume that same
seven-day-per-week schedule in the spring of 2007. Nearly
three-quarters of the people who visit Illinois' historic sites come
between spring and Labor Day.
Lewis and Clark State Historic Site
in Hartford will remain open seven days per week through September
2006 to accommodate Lewis and Clark Bicentennial events. Lincoln
Tomb, the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Memorial
and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield will
remain open seven days per week year-round.
The following state-operated historic sites have been open daily
this summer and will return to a five-day-per-week schedule
beginning Sept. 5: Apple River Fort, Elizabeth; Black Hawk, Rock
Island; Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville; Lincoln Log Cabin, near
Charleston; Lincoln's New Salem, Petersburg; Old State Capitol and
Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Springfield; Bishop Hill; Bryant
Cottage, Bement; Cahokia Courthouse, Cahokia; Carl Sandburg
Birthplace, Galesburg; Douglas Tomb, Chicago; Fort de Chartres,
Prairie du Rocher; Fort Kaskaskia, Ellis Grove; Jubilee College,
Brimfield; Pierre Menard Home, Ellis Grove; Ulysses S. Grant Home,
Galena; and Vandalia Statehouse, Vandalia.
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The following state historic sites are open five days per week
year-round: Dana-Thomas House, Springfield; David Davis Mansion,
Bloomington; Metamora Courthouse; Mount Pulaski Courthouse; Old
Market House, Galena; Postville Courthouse, Lincoln; and Vachel
Lindsay Home, Springfield.
For more detailed information about state historic site
An additional $500,000 appropriated to the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency during fiscal 2006 allowed the agency to hire
seasonal workers to open the sites an extra two days per week. A
similar appropriation for the current fiscal year will allow the
same schedule extension in 2007.
Historic Preservation Agency news release]