• Image of "Long-nosed god" maskette.
  • Image of Otter effigy pipe, White County, Illinois.
  • Image of Raven effigy pipe, Hardin County, Illinois.
  • Image of Otter effigy pipe, White County, Illinois.
  • Image of kingfisher effigy bone hairpin.
  • Image of Illinois Art Glass.

    Birds ashtray
    The Dearborn Glass Company
    c. 1957-1965
    Fused glass
    Gift of Michael Mueller. 2012.151.2

    Blot square bowl
    The Higgins Studio
    c. 1951-1957
    Fused glass
    Gift of Michael Mueller. 2012.151.9

    Arabesque bowl
    The Dearborn Glass Company
    c. 1957-1964
    Fused glass
    Gift of Michael Mueller. 2012.6.6

  • Image of mourning bodice worn by Mary Lincoln.

    c. 1875-1880
    Illinois Legacy Collection, Illinois State Museum
    Gift of Mrs. F. J. Patterson, 1971.35.746797

  • Image of Illinois Art pottery.

    Vase
    The American Terra Cotta and Ceramic Company
    c. 1904-1906
    Earthenware
    Condell Fund purchase. 1996.94
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    Vase
    Chicago Crucible Company
    c. 1920-1932
    Earthenware
    Condell Fund purchase. 1989.24
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    Vase
    Haeger Potteries
    c. 1940-1950
    Earthenware
    Gift of the Lincoln Land Depression Era Glass Club. 2000.32.1
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  • Image of Illinois flag flown in Vietnam War.
  • Image of portrait company salesmans sample case.
  • Image of blouse purchased in Mexico.
  • Image of nightgown purchased in Paris at the end of World War II.
  • Image of patent model for barb fence.

    H.M. Rose
    1873
    wire, wood
    Gift of Lyman Rose, 1954.020.703447
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  • Image of Anna Pottery pig flask, cotton handkerchief, fair ticket, and souvenir box from 1893 Worlds Fair.

    Handkerchief
    Maker unknown
    1893
    cotton
    Gift of Nancy Batchelder Fryxell. 2013.77.12
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    Souvenir box
    Maker unknown
    1893
    glass, metal, satin
    Gift of Shelley Stewart, 2008.83
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    World’s Columbian Exposition ticket
    Maker unknown
    1893
    paper
    Found in Collection, x-885
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    Pig flask
    Anna Pottery
    1893
    stoneware
    Gift of Margaret Kirkpatrick, 1965.14.745591
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  • Image of wedding shoes.

    1761
    Illinois Legacy Collection, Illinois State Museum
    Gift of Mrs. Robert Gillespie, 1972.028.746876

  • Image of handmade magic lantern.
  • Image of enameled ware dinner bucket.

    Dinner Bucket
    Fancy fare for the working man
    1915
    Illinois State Museum, Illinois Legacy Collection
    Gift of Lee I. Niedringhaus, 2006.149a-d

  • Image of Pickard China bowl painted by Ingeborg Klein.
  • Image of kettle from the Rhoads Kickapoo Indian village site.
  • Detail image of kettle from the Rhoads Kickapoo Indian village site.

Celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial Through Museum Objects

The Illinois State Museum and the Illinois Association of Museums are pleased to present a virtual exhibition titled The Story of Illinois: The Illinois Bicentennial Through Museum Objects. This exhibition consists of objects from the Illinois State Museum’s 13.5-million-object Illinois Legacy Collection along with objects from other Illinois museums, such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Adler Planetarium, Pullman State Historic Site, Wabash County Museum, and many more.

The complete Story of Illinois goes beyond the past 200 years since statehood.  It also includes Illinois history going back millions of years. Over the next year,  museums throughout Illinois will contribute object images with fascinating details that illustrate their significance to the Story of Illinois. Taken together, objects in these collections run the gamut from 400-million-year-old marine fossils to modern art, with millions of objects in between, each with its own story to tell. It is a unique treasure, and it is the foundation of exhibits, educational programs, scholarly research, and pride throughout the state.

We hope you will explore, discover, and learn more about Illinois' unique history, and please share what you learn with others. Then, be sure to visit the contributing museums to see some of these objects firsthand.

To get started, you can browse by selecting Time PeriodCategory, or Object Contributors on the menu bar above, or you can search using the Custom Object Search option.