Events & Programs

Looking for something new to do? Check out our upcoming events and programs. Tune into a livestream, or watch a recording of a past program on our YouTube channel.

2024 History Makers Gala
Tuesday, June 18th
5:00pm – 8:00pm

Each year, the History Makers Gala recognizes long-standing residents whose outstanding, life-long contributions of time and ta...

Sweet Greeks: First-Generation Immigrant Confectioners in the Heartland with Author Ann Flesor Beck
Saturday, April 20th
1:00pm – 2:00pm

The Museum is pleased to host Dr. Ann Flesor Beck for a program exploring the history of the first generation of Greeks coming ...

Online + In Person
Josh Henderson's "One More Night" presented by pt.fwd
Tuesday, April 23rd
7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Museum, in partnership with pt.fwd, is excited to host composer and musician Josh Henderson for his "One More Night&qu...

2024 Futures in History Camp Registration Begins
Wednesday, April 24th

Futures in History Camp 2024 is coming! This 5-day camp experience includes facilitation by Museum staff and other experts, all...

For kids
A Black Woman’s Journey from Cotton Picking to College Professor: Lessons about Race, Class, and Gender in the United States with Author Dr. Menah Pratt Clarke
Thursday, April 25th
12:10pm – 1:00pm

A Black Woman's Journey from Cotton Picking to College Professor: Lessons about Race, Class, and Gender in America...

Sembrando Raíces: Oral Histories of Latinos in Central Illinois
Saturday, April 27th
9:00am – 12:00pm

Join us in hearing from ISU seniors in Dr. Maura Toro-Morn's sociology capstone class who have conducted oral history inte...

Online + In Person

Plan Your Visit

With five exhibit galleries, a hands on Discovery Room, and four floors of Museum to explore, there's a lot of history to get caught up on. So let's cover the essentials to help you plan your Museum visit.


Explore the rich history of McLean County in our five permanent exhibits, hands on Discovery Room, and numerous displays. Our online exhibits bring McLean County history to you, wherever you are.


The Museum has thousands of online and on-site resources for researching local history topics and genealogy. These are some of our most popular resources.


Our educational programs reach thousands of students, seniors, and community members each year.

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Cruisin' with Lincoln on Route 66 Visitor's Center

Cruisin' with Lincoln on Route 66 Visitor's Center contains a gift shop and local tourism information. We feature locally produced products, Abraham Lincoln souvenirs, and Route 66 souvenirs. When you visit the Museum, you will enter and exit through the Visitors Center!

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