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Sangamon County Historical Society 
308 East Adams St. 
Springfield, IL  62701



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 
Lincoln Library 
326 S. Seventh St. 
Springfield, IL  62701 

217753-4900 or email


Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Report
Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room, North / 7 pm

Ms. Smith and Ms. Adams will discuss the projects, events and programs planned for Springfield and Central Illinois in commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission was established by the Governor in 2006 to plan and coordinate Illinois’ celebration of the 200th anniversary
of Abraham Lincoln’s birth on February 12, 2009. This is a part of a national effort currently underway to commemorate the bicentennial. The Illinois Commission is focused on informing the public of the impact Lincoln had on the development of our state and nation, and finding the best possible way to honor his accomplishments. Many events are planned throughout the state – from ice cream socials to symposiums to the Illinois Symphony performing music to the words of Lincoln. Educational programs will be presented by local community organizations, colleges, libraries, museums and others. Existing public monuments and sites will be enhanced and new monuments will be created as a permanent reminder of the bicentennial.


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New Book Available

New book on sale at the Iles House during the holiday house tours on December 19, 2007. The project was taken on by the SCHS Project Awards Committee, chaired by Gil Pilapil in honor of Oak Ridge Cemetery’s 150 anniversary. Some forty-three articles about those buried at Oak Ridge are included, along with a history, pictures and a map of the cemetery. In addition there are pictures of some of the businesses mentioned in the stories.

The book sells for $15.00/ $12.00 for SCHS members.

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2005 Cemetery Walk DVD

Don Springer and Dean Williams have produced a DVD of the complete 2005 Cemetery Walk . This is something we have been wanting for a long time and we are pleased to finally have one available. We have purchased several for resale at meetings and other events. Contact the Society to order.