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Abraham Lincoln in Illinois

Abraham Lincoln made Illinois his home in 1830 and spent most of his life here. Springfield, Lincoln, Bloomington and Pontiac are all cities steeped in history and fascinating stories of the life and career of our 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

The Story of Lincoln in Illinois

Trace Abe's Footsteps

Follow in the steps of Abraham Lincoln as you explore the history of his fascinating life in New Salem, Vandalia, Springfield, Danville and Bloomington.

Lincoln actor in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield

Lincoln Historic Sites

History Comes to Life

Illinois has more Lincoln historic sites than anywhere in the country. Explore the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage area and discover the fascinating history of one of the United States' most revered presidential figures.

Explore the Land of Lincoln

Explore More of Illinois' History

A temple with lights on behind trees and a river

Historic Sites in Illinois

Historic Sites

Illinois History Museums

History Museums

Historical Reenactments

Historical Reenactments in Illinois
A weathered bronze statue of a World War I-era "doughboy" solider adop a granite plinth

National Heritage Areas

National Heritage Areas in Illinois

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