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.
The Midwest’s largest
gathering of 1700s era soldiers, settlers, traders
and campers, the 43nd Annual Rendezvous at Fort
de Chartres, will be held Saturday and Sunday,
June 1 and 2 at Fort de Chartres State Historic
Site near Prairie du Rocher. The event is free
and open to the public, and the parking fee has
been reduced to $5 per car this year.
Rendezvous features 1700s military
units, traditional craft demonstrations, period
music and dancing, black powder shooting events,
cannon firings and more from the time when France
controlled what is now the State of Illinois.
Many activities feature public participation.
The event is cosponsored by the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency, Les Coureur de Bois de Fort
de Chartres, and Save Illinois History.
Each day’s activities begin
with the Opening Ceremony and Posting of Colours
at 10 a.m. The Retreat Ceremony ends each day’s
activities at 4:30 p.m. An 18th century military
tactical demonstration (mock battle) takes place
at 2:15 p.m. each day, and the French Marines
of Fort de Chartres will drill at 11 a.m. both
days. Mass will be held Sunday, June 3 at 8 a.m.
at stage # 1, and a Protestant service, also at
8 a.m., at stage # 2. A dance for all participants
and visitors featuring period music and dancing
will be held Saturday, June 1 from 8 to 10 p.m.
at the fort.
The re-creation of a trial held
exactly 287 years ago that weekend will be presented
at 1 p.m. both days at stage # 1. The soldiers
and ladies of the Fort de Chartres French Marines
will present a “Law and Order of the 18th
Century” vignette of a slander trial that
took place June 4, 1725 between Marie Medand and
Blanche, the wife of a French Marine drummer.
The big guns come out at Rendezvous.
The fort’s 6-pound cannon will be fired
hourly both days, preceded by an instruction in
the art of cannon firing by the French Colonial
Artillerie. La Grande Cannon Fusillade (The Big
Cannon Shootout) will be held from 11 a.m. to
2 p.m. on Sunday. It’s loud, it’s
fun, and it’s fascinating to watch the state
of the art in military technology from the mid
Rendezvous is famous for its
period shooting and military competitions. Saturday
and Sunday will feature rifle aggregate and smoothbore
competition from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Primitive
Archery shoot will be held from 10 a.m. to noon
both days. Knife and hawk throwing competition
will be held both days from noon to 2:30 p.m.,
and visitors can try their hand at throwing a
The models will take to the historic
runway at 3:30 each day as the 18th Century Fashion
Show hosted by Ted Mueller returns to stage #
1. Clothing worn by both men and women from all
walks of life in the 1700s will be modeled.
Scores of period artisan and craft demonstrations
will include pottery, blacksmithing, silversmithing,
coopering, pewter casting, felt making, silk ribbon
embroidery, weaving, woodworking, basketry, treenware
making, silhouette cutting, and cordwaining. Many
items will be for sale.
Period music and dance will be
offered both days. Entertainers include Great
River Fife and Drum Corps; Prairie du Rocher La
Guiannee Society with the String Connection; Tippecanoe
Ancient Fife and Drum Corps; The Peacocks Band;
Booneslick Strings; Traveler’s Dream; and
the 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Pipes, Fifes
& Drums. Dr. Theophratus von Gerlach will
present “The Future of 18th Century Medicine”
each day at noon.
Eighteenth Century swordplay will be demonstrated
by Robert Bruce Sikes of the Black Knights Fight
Group of St. Louis. His periodic demonstrations
of fencing both days of Rendezvous will include
the history of swordplay, fencing techniques,
and a sword display table.
Working oxen demonstrations will
take place periodically just east of the fort.
The River Gate Food Court will feature a variety
of period food, drink and musical entertainment
under a large tent.
Those who utilize the special
event parking area near Fort de Chartres will
be charged $5 per car (reduced from $7 last year)
and $10 per bus. There will be no modern camping
Fort de Chartres State Historic
Site is located four miles west of Prairie du
Rocher and 37 miles south of Belleville. Take
Route 3 to Route 155 and follow the signs. For
more information call 618/284-7230, email email@example.com,
or visit www.ftdechartres.com
on the web.
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
June 2, 2013
State Historic Site
The “Champagne British
Car Festival Weekend” (May 31-June 2) culminates
with a public display of antique and contemporary
British automobiles on the grounds of the David
Davis Mansion State Historic Site on Sunday, June
The annual event is organized
by the Illinois Flat Landers British Car Owners
Club, and approximately 150 cars are expected
with Triumph being the 2013 featured marque. Other
manufacturers will include MG, Lotus, Jaguar,
Sunbeam, Austin-Healey and many others.
The Old State Capitol will morph
into a Civil War field hospital injected with
a healthy dose of fun and music as the annual
Civil War Medical Encampment returns Friday, June
7, through Sunday, June 9.
Before the encampment begins
in earnest, Dr. Guy Hasegawa will speak Wednesday,
June 5, at 5 p.m. about artificial limbs available
to wounded soldiers during the war. He is the
author of Mending Broken Soldiers: The Union and
Confederate Programs to Supply Artificial Limbs.
The encampment includes a day
of hands-on activities for children, a display
of medical equipment on Friday, Civil War songs
around the campfire, a visit from Abraham Lincoln,
concerts and more.
The event, which kicks off a
summer schedule of “History Comes Alive”
programming in downtown Springfield, also will
highlight the role of the Ladies Soldiers’
Aid Society and Illinois’ mobilization effort.
During the Civil War years, the
Springfield Ladies’ Soldiers’ Aid
Society often used the Illinois capitol as a base
of operations. The society was formed in August
1861 to gather food, clothing and other supplies
for Illinois soldiers, especially the sick and
wounded. The building served as a collection point
for donations of food, clothing and other necessities.
The capitol also housed the office
of the Adjutant General, who was responsible for
organizing the state’s effort to raise troops.
Illinois would eventually send 250,000 troops
to the front. During the encampment there will
be mustering events and attempts to recruit people
to serve in Mr. Lincoln’s army.
Click here to see the complete
of events. The Old State Capitol is located
at the corner of 6th and Adams Sts in downtown
June 2, 2013
State Historic Site
Knowledgeable docents will walk
visitors back in time as they stroll the streets
for this unique community, while telling the story
of the town's beginnings, its history and the
restoration work being done today. Tour includes
admission to the Visitor Center, exhibits, 20-minute
introductory video and guided walking tour.
$7 adults/ $5 seniors/ $5 students.
Please call our House Tour Information
Line at the Historic Pullman Visitor Center for
questions at 773/785-8901.
Pullman State Historic Site,
administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation
Agency, is located at 11057 S. Cottage Grove Avenue
in Chicago. Free parking is available. Transportation:
Metra Electric Trains to 111th or 115th Streets
from Millenium Station; or I-94 to I-57 and exit
at 111th Street (exit 66A), and travel west on
111th to Cottage Grove.
June 9, 2013
State Historic Site
The Raptor Awareness Show will
be held at 2 p.m. in the Interpretive Center auditorium.
No admittance after the show begins. Representatives
from the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis will
bring live birds of prey, such as owls, a hawk,
falcon, buzzard, and possibly an eagle, and discuss
the differences and similarities of the different
species. The highlight of the show will be when
birds are released to fly over the heads of the
Starts at 2 pm no admittance
after the show begins. Free.
Cahokia Mounds, 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 I-255 (Exit 24) on Collinsville Road. There
is no admission fee but a donation is suggested.
For more information or a calendar of events,
call 618/346-5160 or visit www.cahokiamounds.org.
Board of Trustees
Sunny Fischer, Chair
Daniel J. Arnold
Julia Sniderman Bachrach
D. Jeanie Cooke
Melinda Spitzer Johnston
Anthony J. Leone, Jr.
Dr. Shirley J. Portwood