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Illinois History

Rich Egger

Visitors will notice a new feature at the Western Illinois Museum. An elevated stage has been installed to look like the front porch of a home. Museum Director Sue Scott said it’s a nod to small town life.

Rich Egger

An open house will be held Sunday, October 18, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the historic site in a valley in western McDonough County. It's one of the few times Vishnu Springs is open to the public.

Enjoy Illinois

More than a dozen historic sites in Illinois will be closed to the public for an extra day each week.

Railroads Laid the Foundation for Modern Illinois

Nov 15, 2012

The difference between Illinosi towns that thrived and those that faded away, many times, was the presence of a railroad. That’s according to historian and chair of Western Illinois University's Department of History,  Simon Cordery.