The Illinois Historic Preservation
Agency (IHPA) operates 56 historic sites and memorials
from U.S. Grant's home in Galena to the Kincaid Mounds
near Unionville covering more than 10,000 years of
Illinois History. These sites include the world-famous
Dana-Thomas House, a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece,
Cahokia Mounds, a World Heritage Site, and Lincoln's
New Salem, the highest attended site of all the Lincoln
Sites. The Agency also administers the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum. The library is the
state’s chief historical and genealogical research
facility that is home to the state’s world-renowned
Abraham Lincoln collection. The library houses the
Agency's collection of more than 12 million items
of Illinois history. The museum combines scholarship
and showmanship to communicate the amazing life and
times of Abraham Lincoln. IHPA administers all state
and federal historic preservation and incentive programs
in Illinois, including the National Register of Historic
Places. Thank you for visiting.
Garden lovers can put on their
walking shoes June 21-22 and discover Bloomington-Normal’s
hidden treasures during the 17th Annual Glorious
Garden Festival Garden Walk, hosted by the David
Davis Mansion State Historic Site.
This year’s event provides
walk-through tours of 11 private gardens, all
located within convenient driving distance from
one another. The Garden Walk will be held rain
or shine. The hours are 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday,
June 21, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June
Tickets are $15 in advance, $18
the weekend of the event and $7 for anyone under
18. They may be purchased in advance at the Garlic
Press and Schnucks Supermarket in Normal, and
Casey’s Garden Shop, the Copy Shop, Grieder
Sod and Landscaping, Schnucks Supermarket, Sunburst
Nursery/Penn Landscaping, Wendell Niepagen Greenhouses
and the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington.
Tickets may also be purchased
or at the David Davis Mansion the weekend of the
The walk is a fundraiser for
the David Davis Mansion Foundation, which provides
private support for the state-operated historic
This year’s theme is “A
Community of Gardens.” From the whimsical
to the classical, the gardens offer an abundance
of flowers, water features, garden art and unique
plants. The tour features a show-stopping garden
in a wooded area once owned by the family that
built Ewing Manor. Other stops include: a Victorian-style
house featuring architectural plants and perennials,
layered with a virtuosic use of annuals and tropicals;
a double-lot garden designed with thoughtful transitions
from indoor to outdoor living spaces; a lovely
woodsy garden; and much more.
Staff representing local landscape
sponsors will be on hand to provide expertise
and insights. Rain or shine, visitors will be
inspired by the creativity of some of the community’s
most talented gardeners.
The garden walk begins on the
grounds of the David Davis Mansion at 1000 Monroe
Drive in Bloomington. Easy ticket and map pick-up,
with drive-through service and free parking on
the Mansion grounds, is available during the entire
Garden walkers may also shop
at the gardeners’ market place on the mansion
lawn. All Glass Flowers, Green View Landscaping,
Ecology Action Center, Fused Glass, Jim’s
Ornamental Garden Iron and craft demonstrations
by Joe Ramholz are some of the vendors and artisans
Visitors can enjoy complimentary
tea and desserts served under a tent on the mansion
lawn. Tours of Sarah’s Garden will be conducted
by members of the University of Illinois Extension
Master Gardeners in McLean County, and visitors
can learn from these experts how to make their
own Victorian gardens using heirloom plants from
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and other
famous American gardens. Guided tours of the Davis
Mansion will also be offered. WJBC AM and FM will
do a live remote broadcast from the lawn of the
Davis Mansion during the garden walk.
Corporate sponsors for the Glorious Garden Festival
are Casey’s Garden Shop, Chizmar Landscaping,
Green View Companies, Grieder Sod & Landscaping,
Original Smith Printing, Solid Ground Gardening,
Sunburst Nursery/Penn Landscaping, Wendell Niepagen
Greenhouses and Garden Center, WJBC AM 1230 &
FM 93.7 and Zimmerman & Armstrong Investment
Proceeds from this year's event
will support restoration of the historic Sarah’s
Garden, a long-term project that involves research
and the reintroduction of difficult-to-find heirloom
plants and seeds. Proceeds will also be used to
develop new school programs featuring the garden
and to help keep the mansion open to the public.
The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, administered
by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency,
was built in 1872 for Supreme Court Justice David
Davis and his wife, Sarah. The site is open Wednesday
through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free
For more information, contact
the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site at
309/828-1084 or visit their website.
Wine Unveiled to
Support the Fort!
June 23, 2013
Apple River Fort
Nearly 200 years ago, three women
named Elizabeth helped defend a tiny fort from
an attack during the Black Hawk War. Now a northern
Illinois winery will celebrate their heroism at
the Apple River Fort State Historic Site by revealing
a new label for their “Elizabeth”
The public is invited to join
the celebration on Sunday, June 23, at 1 p.m.
Massbach Ridge Winery will provide samples, hold
a tasting and sell bottles of its wines. Music
from the Terrapin Ridge Ramblers will add to the
The new label was selected from
submissions to a public contest earlier this year.
The winning designer will be announced Sunday,
receiving $100 and three bottles of wine.
The label celebrates the strength
and courage of all pioneer women in the region,
but particularly the three Elizabeths who helped
the militia repel Chief Black Hawk's attack on
June 24, 1832.
Massbach Ridge Winery supports
the Apple River Fort Historic Foundation with
proceeds from its “Black Hawk” red
and “Elizabeth” white wines.
Kathleen Morgan, a member of
the Apple River Fort Foundation’s board,
said good crowds have shown up for the debut of
past label designs, showing that local residents
feel a strong connection to the fort and its heritage.
The reconstructed fort is located
along U.S. Route 20 and is open for free public
tours. For information call 815/858-2028, email
or visit, www.appleriverfort.org.
18th Annual Contemporary
Indian Art Show
July 13-14, 2013
State Historic Site
Twenty-five American Indian artists
from across the nation and from more than a dozen
tribal affiliations will display and sell a wide
variety of fine art during the 18th Annual Contemporary
Indian Art Show scheduled for Saturday and Sunday,
July 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Interpretive
Center in Collinsville, Illinois.
The Art Show will feature numerous
paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache
and other media; pen and ink drawings; metalwork;
sculptures in antler, wood and clay; pottery in
traditional and contemporary forms; exquisite
jewelry in silver, gold, precious stones and beadwork;
carved, decorated and painted gourds; traditional
dolls and Indian flutes; and more handmade items.
The show is free and open to the public and will
be held inside, and there will be something for
everyone and in every price range.
A Preview Reception will be held
Friday, July 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. offering the
opportunity to meet the artists, be the first
to see and purchase the artwork, and vote for
the People’s Choice Award. Judges will award
ribbons and cash prizes to the top four artists
in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional
categories. The Cahokia Mound Builder award will
also be presented to those who have made a major
impact on the preservation, development and interpretation
of Cahokia Mounds and its surrounding archaeology.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.
There is a fee for the Preview Party. Tickets
are required and may be ordered by calling 618/344-7316.
Cahokia Mounds State Historic
Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation
Agency, is just eight miles from downtown St.
Louis in Collinsville, Illinois off Interstates
55/70 (Exit 6) and Interstate 255 (Exit 24) on
Collinsville Road. For more information call 618/346-5160
or visit www.cahokiamounds.org.
Conference on Illinois History Springfield
The Fifteenth Annual Conference
on Illinois History has been slated for September
26-27 at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center
Board of Trustees
Sunny Fischer, Chair
Daniel J. Arnold
Julia Sniderman Bachrach
D. Jeanie Cooke
Melinda Spitzer Johnston
Gary L. Hammons
Dr. Theodore Flickinger