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Illinois: History

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.


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This site provides information about Illinois from 1673 to 2005. Includes timeline, historical maps, and historic sites.
Read general information about history and historic figures of Illinois. Includes information such as geography and state quiz. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This site features the Illinois River regarding its history, creation, and changing ecology. Includes interactive video clips and teacher guides.
In this lesson plan, students will learn about the Great Chicago Fire and investigate the cause of fire. Note: This site includes ads.
Learn about wild Illinois history and early settlers' venture through interactive stories. Includes lesson plans, games, and video clips.
Learn about family life in Illinois from 1700 to the present. Click on different tine period to learn more about people and their lives.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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