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OUTDOOR ILLINOIS is published monthly by the Department of Natural Resources, Office of Public Services, 524 S. Second St., Springfield, IL 62701-1787, phone (217) 782-7454, e-mail

(Publication number: ISSN 1072-7175)
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George H. Ryan    Governor
Brent Manning    Director
Andrea Moore    Assistant Director
James D. Garner    Deputy Director
Jim Riemer, Jr.    Deputy Director

STAFF: James L. Fulgenzi, office director, Liz Pensoneau, editor; Kathy Andrews,Joe McFarland and staff writer; P.J. Perea, staff writers, Adele Hodde, chief photographer; Chas. J. Dees, staff photographer; Charles J. Copley, design & layout; Cheryl Gwinn, production coordinator; Vera Lynn Smith, circulation.

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On the cover...
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May 2002


Brent Manning

This month marks the 125th anniversary of the Illinois State Museum. Founded in 1877 to care for and interpret the geology and biology collections from the state's first geological survey and the Illinois Museum of Natural History at Normal, the Illinois State Museum has evolved into one of the finest state museums in the country. It is the only museum with the mission of telling the story of Illinois-its land, life, people and art.

Behind-the-scenes, the museum's Research and Collections Center houses more than 8 1/2 million objects representing anthropology, zoology, botany, geology and fine and decorative arts. The center, also located at Springfield, is used more and more for public educational programs, and it is a priority to make the museum's outstanding collections that are housed there more accessible to the public. Information about them is continually being added to the museum's website.

The museum is committed to making its resources available to people far beyond those who are able to visit its facilities On its website, you will find a wealth of information about Illinois' prairie and forest ecosystems. Native American life in Illinois, Ice Age environments and the giant animals that roamed Illinois 16,000 years ago. You'll also have access to teacher guides and lesson plans, information on the museum's collections and much, much more.

The museum hosts a wealth of public programs and activities throughout the year. And in 2002, to commemorate its 125th anniversary and the 75th anniversary of its Dickson Mounds Museum, a year-long series of special events is in full swing.

On May 25, exactly 125 years from the very date of the museum's founding, a family celebration will take place on the lawn at the Springfield facility. The clock will be rolled back, and an evening of fun for everyone will ensue at the "Lawn Chair Drive-in Block Party." Activities will include "creature-feature" hands-on children's activities, a miniature circus, tours of exhibits, music, an outdoor showing of a 3-D movie and food at long-ago prices. The evening will culminate with fireworks. Bring your lawn chair, and join in the festivities.

Special anniversary events are planned at all of the museum's branch facilities. The Illinois Art Gallery in the James R. Thompson Center, Chicago, is being completely refurbished and will reopen with an evening celebration in June. The first exhibit presented in the renovated gallery will be an outstanding collection of Illinois Amish quilts.

Dickson Mounds Museum in Fulton County has planned a special anniversary celebration on Sept. 8, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., with music, pageantry, videos, performances, children's activities and refreshments. The 1839 Waterford School, now being renovated, will be officially reopened, and special events are planned focusing on the rural history one-room schoolhouses.

Additionally, the museum is sponsoring an anniversary lecture series. Dr. Daniel Fisher will be at the Springfield facility on Sept. 28 as part of a "Mastodon Mash" science fair and will talk about the latest news on this Ice Age giant. Special lectures also will be held in conjunction with the opening of the new natural history exhibition later this year.

I invite you to discover Illinois' rich natural and cultural heritage through a visit to the museum and its information-rich website, and also to help celebrate the museum's 125th anniversary by participating in the many exciting and fun-filled events that are corning up during the remainder of the year.

Outdoor Illinois

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