Since 1961, the Sangamon County Historical Society, a
not-for-profit organization, has been in the forefront of
preserving and supporting the history of Sangamon County.
Society members have contributed to the collection and
preservation of local history through the Sangamon Valley
Collection of Springfield's Lincoln Library, the oral
history program at the University of Illinois at
Springfield, and with various publications on area history.
Members have enjoyed a variety of special programming on
the varied and important history of Sangamon County. These
programs include the monthly guest speaker programs, the
"Annual Walk Through Oak Ridge Cemetery," and the Annual
Lincoln Colloquium, a conference on Abraham Lincoln.
The mission of the Sangamon County Historical Society is
to perpetuate and create
interest in the history of Springfield and Sangamon County,
and promote educational and literary purposes.
The Sangamon County Historical Society does not maintain
a research library. All inquires about Sangamon County
histories are referred to the Sangamon Valley Collection at
Lincoln Library in Springfield, Illinois. The SVC is
the local history and genealogy collection for the city of
Springfield and Sangamon County.
Sangamon Valley Collection
326 S. Seventh St.
Springfield, IL 62701
217753-4900 or email
Save the Dates!
- September 16: Monthly
Program, 7 pm at Elijah Iles House: A different look at
the early history of Springfield will be the topic of the
Society’s September program to be held in the Elijah Iles
House. The House’s Farrell and Ann Gay Museum of
Springfield History is currently hosting an exhibit called
“Springfield As Urban Frontier” which was created by the
Sangamon Valley Collection in cooperation with Sangamon
Researchers. The purpose of the exhibit is to show how
much more urban Springfield was in its early years. The
city offered a number of amenities that one would expect
to be found only in older and larger communities. Curtis
Mann, manager of the Sangamon Valley Collection, will
discuss various elements of the display and provide
further details about Springfield’s commerce, tradesmen,
- October 5: “Echoes of Yesteryear,” the Sangamon
County Historical Society’s 12th annual cemetery walk,
will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery from noon to 4:00. The
walk will commemorate the hundredth anniversaries of both
the Abraham Lincoln Association and the 1908 race riots in
- October 21: The Society’s monthly meeting will
be “Statehouse Statuary.” Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Members
only will tour the Capitol grounds looking at the
commemorative art work and ending at the Pasfield House.
The tour will be led by Carl and Roberta Volkmann, authors
of the recently published Springfield's Sculptures,
Monuments, and Plaques.
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