Sangamon Experience presents the history of the Sangamon Region through an on-campus exhibition space, online projects, and community collaborations.

Sangamon Experience is a multifaceted initiative that highlights the history of the Sangamon Region of central Illinois. Sangamon Experience includes a interactive exhibition space at UIS, a dynamic website to share and promote local historical activities, online historical research, and customized community partnerships.

We aspire to increase awareness of local history, bring new voices and greater diversity to its stories, serve as a training ground for the next generation of public historians, sponsor events that will bring partner organizations together, become the best online calendar of local history events, and more. Sangamon Experience seeks input from local historical and cultural organizations to help supply materials, ideas, and research for upcoming programs and exhibits. If you are interested such collaborations, please contact us.

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Performing Arts Center, One University Dr., Springfield Illinois, 1st Floor


9am- 5pm

Current Projects


Sangamon Experience

Our Lives, Our Stories

We want many voices involved in telling the story of Sangamon County. Your voice, and your video, can help tell the story of our area of Illinois.

Sangamon Experience

COVID-19 Project

The Sangamon Experience is seeking to record and preserve the personal responses of University of Illinois at Springfield students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Mission

Sangamon Experience provides a broad perspective of the history of the Sangamon region through the presentation of a wide variety of exhibitions and activities developed for and from multiple communities. Activities will include projects developed from oral histories, archives, images and other resources to encourage participants to effectively create their own sense of local history.

Sangamon Experience also provides a comprehensive online platform for the presentation of materials; engage local organizations as partners in the effort to seek out and present materials for exhibition and information; and coordinate a combined calendar of events for activities of local interest.

The Campus Exhibition Space

the sangamon experience exhibition space.

Find out more about our exhibition space now open in the UIS Public Affairs Center.

The Sangamon
Experience Team

The Faculty Lead, Students, and the members of the Community Advisory Board that compose the Sangamon Experience Team

Department Events

No upcoming events at this time. Check back soon!
Jan 08, 2024
“The Struggle for Change,” a new exhibit by the University of Illinois Springfield’s Sangamon Experience, will tell the history of underrepresented people in…
Feb 02, 2023
Sangamon Experience and the Diversity Center at the University of Illinois Springfield will host two Black History Month events that are free and open to the…
Sep 06, 2022
WHAT: Sangamon Experience at the University of Illinois Springfield invites the public to attend “Dennis Williams: Prominent 19th Century African…
Jul 26, 2022
Sangamon Experience at the University of Illinois Springfield presents a new exhibit, “Susan Lawrence Dana: A Woman of Progress,” opening Aug. 1, 2022, on the…
Apr 25, 2022
WHAT: Sangamon Experience at the University of Illinois Springfield will premiere the original documentary, “Sangamo Country: 200 Years of Sangamon County.”…