Illinois State Museum Online Events

In order to promote the safety of our visitors, and in compliance with State guidelines, all in-person special events and programs held inside Illinois State Museum facilities have been canceled. However, online events are being planned and provided. 

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factory workers
Sep 29 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Join Faranak Miraftab, University of Illinois professor and author of Global Heartland, as she explores the global dynamics that lead displaced populations to places like Beardstown, where they work in these necessary and often dangerous occupations.
wooden cradle
Oct 7 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
On average, museums can only exhibit less than 1% of their artifacts. Where is everything else?
Chicago Fire Lithograph by Currier & Ives 1871
Oct 7 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Fire was an ever- present threat in 1800s Illinois, a world filled with wooden buildings lit by open fires. The most devastating fire in our state's history, the Great Chicago Fire, occurred 150 years ago this October.