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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View of museum gallery with several historic dresses displayed
Aug 18 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Join Curator of History Erika Holst for a virtual walk through the Fashioning Illinois: 1820-1900 exhibition to learn about the types of garments worn by 19th century women at different ages and stages of life.
Sewing room, shirt factory, Troy, N.Y. courtesy Library of Congress
Sep 15 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Join Curator of History Erika Holst on a walk through the Fashioning Illinois exhibition to learn how cloth and clothing were made in the 19th century and the impact of textiles on early American life.
black and white photo of a young woman, Caroline Sutherland
Oct 20 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
In the 1930s, a young boy discovered a crumbling stone vault with a metal burial casket inside. Eighty years later, a trunk full of that young woman's clothing was donated to the Illinois State Museum.