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Illinois history agency expands public outreach through social media

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[January 19, 2013]  SPRINGFIELD -- Members of the public and the news media now have two new ways of getting the latest information about activities at Illinois historic sites: Twitter and Facebook.

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has launched social media accounts to share pictures, announcements, news releases and anything else related to activities at more than 60 historic sites and monuments operated by the state of Illinois.

The agency can be found on Twitter under the name @ILhistory. Most tweets will include the hashtag #ILhistory. Here's a direct link:

The Facebook page is

In addition to news about IHPA sites, the social media accounts share information about Illinois history from a broad selection of magazines, blogs and websites. The goal is to give visitors easy access to Illinois' rich heritage, from Abraham Lincoln to the Chicago blues to Native American mound-builders.

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The IHPA's mission is to preserve and promote the culture and history of the state of Illinois. In addition to operating historic sites and memorials, the agency oversees the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, places Illinois sites on the National Register of Historic Places, manages tax incentives for historic rehabilitations, and coordinates the Illinois History Expo program for Illinois middle school and high school students.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will continue its strong presence on social media at and

For more information, visit

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency].

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