Sangamon Experience


Map of Illinois 1824
Illinois (1824). Courtesy of the Map Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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.

Sangamon Experience Mission Statement

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.

Pillsbury Mill, Springfield. Sangamon Valley Collection.