Learn about the history of the state of Illinois and the people who lived in the area. There is information about major events, early pioneer life, notable people, and historical landmarks. Includes historical maps, primary documents, lesson plans, games, timelines, and video clips. There are links to eThemes Resources on Illinois state facts, state flag, geography and landforms, and Abraham Lincoln.
Illinois Facts: History
This site provides information about Illinois from 1673 to 2005. Includes timeline, historical maps, and historic sites.
The US50: General Illinois State History
Read general information about history and historic figures of Illinois. Includes information such as geography and state quiz. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Of Time And The River: 12,000 Years of Human Use of the Illinois River
This site features the Illinois River regarding its history, creation, and changing ecology. Includes interactive video clips and teacher guides.
Illinois History Project
This site provides detail information about various aspects of Illinois history such as historical stories, notable events, famous people from Illinois, and more. Note: The reading level is appropriate for older students and there are links to external websites.
Lesson Plan: The Great Chicago Fire: Did Mrs. O'Leary's Cow Really Cause It?
In this lesson plan, students will learn about the Great Chicago Fire and investigate the cause of fire. Note: This site includes ads.
Wild Illinois History
Learn about wild Illinois history and early settlers' venture through interactive stories. Includes lesson plans, games, and video clips.
At Home in the Heartland Online
Learn about family life in Illinois from 1700 to the present. Click on different tine period to learn more about people and their lives.
eThemes Resource: Illinois: State Facts
Learn the history, state symbols, statistics, fun facts and trivia about the state of Illinois. Explore state maps and trace the borders. Includes games, quizzes, and lesson plans. There is a link to eThemes resources on state flag.
eThemes Resource: Illinois: State Flag
Find out the meaning of the symbols and colors on the Illinois state flag. Learn the history of its adoption and design. Includes photographs and coloring pages. There is a link to eThemes Resources on Illinois state facts.
eThemes Resource: Illinois: Geography and Landforms
Learn about Illinois regions, its geography, landforms, and resources. Find out about the geological highest and lowest points of the state. Sites include relief maps, print-outs, photographs, and lesson plans. There are links to eThemes Resources on Illinois state facts and state flag, and the geography of the Midwest region of the United States.
eThemes Resource: U.S. President: Abraham Lincoln
These sites are about Abraham Lincoln and include many primary documents. Learn about America's famous 16th president and the difficult time period he lived in. Includes timelines, biographies, and famous speeches. View photographs of Lincoln and two memorials that honor him. There is also information about John Wilkes Booth and Ford Theatre. Includes links to eThemes Resources on the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, and Presidents Day.