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General Websites

Illinois Websites

  • The Chicago Historical Society provides a brief summary of the impact of the Civil War on the city.
  • The Illinois Humanities Council has created the Illinois Civil War Sesquicentennial website where you will find a statewide calendar of events related to the Sesquicentennial, a timeline of Illinois and the Civil War, images and artifacts of the era, downloadable PDFs of Civil War-related articles and educational materials, suggestions for further reading on topics throughout the site, and feature articles.
  • Northern Illinois University has collected a wealth of primary source material and articles written by Drew E. VandeCreek, Ph.D about the role Illinois played in the Civil War.

Local Activities

  • Every summer, the Lake County Discovery Museum (Dunn Museum) has their Civil War Days event, which includes Civil War encampment, reenactments, and demonstrations and an exhibit highlighting the technologies that influenced the war.
  • Don’t forget, the Library has 4 passes (admits 2) each week that provide free entry to the museum through the Museum Adventure Pass program. Visit the Youth Services Desk for details and restrictions.
  • The Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook was a stop on the Underground Railroad. A Civil War encampment is scheduled for September. This museum also participates in the Museum Adventure Pass program. Visit the Youth Services Desk for details and restrictions.