IL Heritage Agencies

Illinois State Museum
The Illinois State Museum seeks to inspire exploration of Illinois’ past and present so as to inform and enrich everyday life and to promote stewardship of cultural and natural resources for the future. The Museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois.
Contacts: Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko (Director); Jenn Edington (Director of Interpretation)

Illinois Division of Natural Resources: formerly Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
The cultural portfolio of the IDNR manages, conserves and protects Illinois’ cultural resources, furthers the public’s understanding and appreciation of those resources, and promotes education and science about this area for present and future generations. The Historic Sites Division of the agency oversees 56 historic sites and memorials across the state, covering more than two thousand years of Illinois history. Twenty-six of these sites offer public programs, educational opportunities and events that bring each site to life. You can also download the Passport to History. You can also follow Illinois State Historic Sites on  Facebook
Contacts: Dawn Cobb, Jeffery Kruchten

Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission 
This is  a small state-funded office that manages the history of the state court system. The commission is the premier place for information about emancipation cases. It was created in 2007 to assist and advise the Illinois Supreme Court in acquiring, collecting, preserving, and cataloging documents, artifacts, and information relating to the Illinois judiciary. The Commission seeks to accomplish much of its work in partnership with historical and cultural institutions; bar associations; universities; law schools; and federal, state, and local agencies. The Commission has produced publications, exhibits, and programs to educate the legal profession and the general public about the role of the judicial branch and its importance in interpreting laws. The intended audience gains an understanding of government and civics, resulting in a more engaged citizenry.
Contact:John Lupton (Director); Matt Burns (Administration); Sam Wheeler (Staff)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
This experiential museum enables visitors to step inside key moments in Lincoln’s life, from triumph to tragedy. Immersive displays and theater presentations demonstrate the human costs of slavery and war. Visitors connect with Lincoln and his family through the nation’s premier collection of artifacts. The Library not only holds the greatest collection of material by and elated to Lincoln, it is also the State of Illinois Library (the ALPLM name for the library is commonly misunderstood as referring only to Lincoln).

Contact: Christina Shutt (Director)

Illinois State Historical Society
The Illinois State Historical Society was founded in 1899 to support the Illinois State Historical Library and to encourage research and writing on subjects of Illinois history. Though independent of the State of Illinois and the Historical Library since 1997, the Illinois State Historical Society continues to actively promote the study of Illinois history. The Society encourages everyone from University scholars to local historians to take an active part in Illinois history. The Society is a not-for-profit organization which depends solely on membership dues, gifts, bequests, and foundation grants to support, preserve, and disseminate the story of Illinois and its people. The ISHS sponsors a historical marker program and publishes a scholarly journal (Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society) and a popular magazine (Illinois Heritage), among other activities.

Contact: William Furry (Director)