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Doors Open Illinois

Tiffany Garavaglia
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History

In celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial, Doors Open Illinois will be promoting the iconic historical sites and architectural treasures throughout the state. 

During the month of August, the museums and attractions who promote the history of this great state will be opening their doors to the public over each weekend. This is a chance for visitors to see the history and heritage of Illinois.

The state is being broken into regions for this event and ILLINOISouth falls in 3 of these regions (Great Rivers Country, Land of Lincoln, and Trails to Adventure). Please click here to view the map.

The following locations in our region will be participating:

Rural Heritage Museum 
August 4-5, 2018
187 Fairgrounds Rd. | Pinckneyville
This historic museum pays homage to the challenging times of manual labor and exposure to the weather extremes that was required to make a living. The museum is home to many displays including doctor’s office, dentist office, slaughterhouse, coal mining, steam engine, kitchen display, funeral home and more.

Robinson Stewart House Museum, Ratcliff Inn Museum, L. Haas Store Museum
August 4-5, 2018
110 S Main Cross, 214 E. Main | Carmi
Visitors are invited to learn the history of Carmi with the oldest house in Carmi and with artifacts of White County and surrounding areas. Exhibits include an Abraham Lincoln room, Native American collection, and military and farm collection.

Downstate Governor’s Mansion (Former Hayes Home)
August 4-5, 2018
655 Executive Drive | Du Quoin
This home was built in 1942 by the founder of the Du Quoin State Fair, W. R. Hayes. The home has a colonial revival style with intricate details. It hosts 4 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a formal dining room, sun porch, library bar, large kitchen and more. Guest are invited to see the original beauty and charm of this home.

Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center
August 11-12, 2018
334 Historic Route 66 North | Litchfield
The museum features Litchfield artifacts from 1853 to present and information about the town’s unique placement on the American icon, Route 66.

1st Presbyterian Church
August 11-12, 2018
1221 W. Fillmore St. | Vandalia
This church dates back to Abraham Lincoln’s time in Vandalia. Today, visitors of the congregation will experience a similar service to when Lincoln spent his time there. Guests can also see artifacts from the old church and the Rigg’s Bell.

Fayette County Museum
August 11-12, 2018
301 W. Main St. | Vandalia
The museum is home to many artifacts from when Vandalia was the capital of Illinois. Visitors are able to see Vandalia history, Lincoln history, and numerous displays from the past.

National Road Interpretive CenterNational Road Kiosk
August 11-12, 2018
106 S. 5th St. | Vandalia
The National Road was the first and only federally funded highway built in the country. The bill for the road was signed by Thomas Jefferson in 1806. The road was vital in the expansion of the west. The interpretive center explains the importance of this road with artifacts, videos and more.

Vandalia Statehouse 
August 11-12, 2018
315 W. Hallatine St. | Vandalia
Located in Vandalia, Illinois the Vandalia Statehouse served as the fourth statehouse and is famous for Abraham Lincoln who served in the House of Representatives. The State House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Heritage House Museum
August 11-12, 2018
7487 State Route 177 | Okawville
Learn how people lived before modern amenities with 3 museums: The Schlosser House & Harness Shop & Laundry, The Poos House Museum & Doctor’s Office, and The Brick House.

Mascoutah Heritage Museum
August 18-19, 2018
306 W Main St. | Mascoutah
The Heritage Museum house artifacts from Mascoutah’s 180 years of history. Displays are on 3 floors of the historic 1850’s building. Exhibits include coal mining, farming, and agriculture, printing and publishing which helped put Mascoutah on the map.

 

Visitors are invited to visit these locations on their designated weekends from 9AM-4PM on Saturday and 11AM-2PM on Sunday.

For more information about the Doors Open program or to see all events, please click here.

 

 

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