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Illinois Bicentennial: Happy 200th Birthday

On December 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the Union. The Illinois Bicentennial celebrates all that is great in Illinois: our history, our people, and our communities. Join the celebration! Learn more about all the statewide bicentennial activities. #ILLINOISPROUD

Illinois Bicentennial 200 Years - 1818 to 2018Augmented Historical Reality
Tuesday, October 23 | 6-8:30 pm
Use photos, artifacts, historic records, and other materials provided by the Glen Ellyn Historical Society to create your own augmented reality. Learn how to create and upload a public augmented reality program to be viewed by Glen Ellyn community members using the HP Reveal app. Register together in small groups of 2-3 people. Reserve your spot.

Ghost Roads of Illinois
Tuesday, October 30 | 7-8:30 pm
Legends abound of haunted happenings and eerie occurrences along the thoroughfares of Illinois. While some may suspend disbelief for these stories and others may remain skeptical, there is no doubting the reality and history of these dead-end roads and abandoned highway alignments. Take a tour through the forgotten and haunted byways of Illinois with David Clark, the Windy City Road Warrior. Reserve your spot.

Aunt-Tillie’s Time Machine
Tuesday, November 27 | 4-4:30 pm
Climb aboard Aunt Tillie’s time machine and travel back over 100 years to visit a newly settled Glen Ellyn. What does the village look like? Who will you meet? Discover the answer to these questions and more during this highly participatory storytime. For kindergarten through grade 2. Reserve your spot.

The Conquest of Illinois
Thursday, November 29 | 7-8:30 pm
Dr. Sam Mitrani, an Associate Professor of History at the College of DuPage, discusses the conquest of Illinois from its native inhabitants — from the War of 1812 and the Battle of Fort Dearborn through the “Blackhawk War” in 1832. Reserve your spot.