The Illinois State Museum has been a supporter of I & M Canal Regional Special Collection since its inception. We are honored to be a participant in the Corridor in Time digital exhibit. The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois’ natural, cultural, and artistic heritage. The Museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois. The Illinois State Museum is headquartered in Springfield with branch facilities in Chicago, Lockport, Lewistown, and Rend Lake.
Researchers in the Illinois State Museum’s interdisciplinary Landscape
History Program integrate geology, botany, zoology, and archaeology to document
long-term changes in climate, landforms, plant and animal communities, and
human interactions with the land, with special emphasis on the Pleistocene
(Ice Ages) and Holocene (the current Interglacial). Archaeologists, historians,
and art historians explore the rich cultural history of Illinois from the
earliest Native American populations to the ethnically diverse populations
Environmental Change in Illinois:
Current Interglacial Environments:
For Further Reading
Killey, Myrna M., Illinois’ Ice Age Legacy. Geoscience Education Series 14. Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign, 2007.
Styles, Bonnie W., Changes: Dynamic Illinois Environments. The Living Museum 66 (2-3):6-16. Illinois State Museum, Springfield, 2004.
Theodor, Jessica and Jeffrey
Saunders, Illinois’ Rocky Past. Illinois' Rock Past Unearthed.
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, 2004.