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Doors Open: Lincoln & the Canal Exhibit
August 25, 2018 - August 29, 2018
Explore architectural treasures throughout the state as they open their doors to the public during four weekends in August.
Coinciding with the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018, Doors Open Illinois will see iconic historical sites and architectural treasures throughout the state open their doors to the public during four consecutive weekends in August. It’s a chance for visitors like you to get a special glimpse of our history and heritage.
Enjoy two exhibits in the Visitor Center: Abraham Lincoln and the I&M Canal and selected photographs of the I&M Canal National Heritage Area by Edward Ranney from the exhibit and book Prairie Passage: The Illinois and Michigan Canal Corridor.
The Lincoln exhibit explores Abraham Lincoln’s connection to the Illinois & Michigan Canal, from his early days in Illinois and the creation of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, to his desire to expand it during his Presidency.
Also enjoy the selection of Edward Ranney’s black-and-white photographs are from the exhibit and book Prairie Passage: The Illinois and Michigan Canal Corridor.
The Illinois & Michigan Canal is a 96-miles hand dug canal that stretches between LaSalle and Chicago, Illinois. When completed in 1848, the Illinois & Michigan Canal was the final link in a national plan to connect different regions of the vast North American continent via waterways, linking the waters of the Illinois River (and ultimately the Mississippi River) with those of Lake Michigan.