Illinois, a Great Place to Learn
Colleen, Age 10, Barrington, IL

There are many places I would love to visit in Illinois. Chicago, Lincoln, and Springfield Illinois are all rich in history and special in their own ways.

When I visit Chicago I would go to the Field Museum. The Field Museum was included in Illinois on September 16, 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago. Its purpose is the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and to keep and display objects illustrating art, archaeology, science, and history. In 1905, the museumís name was changed to the Field Museum of natural history to honor the museum's first major sponsor, Marshall Field, and to better reflect its focus on the natural sciences.

In 1921 the museum moved from its original location in Jackson Park to its present site on Chicago Park District property where it is part of a lakefront Museum Campus. The Field Museum attracts the second most visitors a year.

Lincoln, Illinois is my second choice as where I want to go in Illinois. In Lincoln, Illinois Lincoln College is a great university to go to. It was recognized in 1865 to fill the need for an organization of higher learning in central Illinois. Commissioners investigated several sites, and in December, 1864, selected Lincoln, Illinois. On February 6, 1865, a contract for the new university was secured. Lincoln, Illinois was named after Abraham Lincoln the President of the U.S, and a former resident of Illinois.

Springfield is another historic site hosting the Executive Mansion also known as the Governor's Mansion. This beautiful house has served as the official residence of Illinois Governors and their families since Governor Joel Matteson took up residence here in 1855. The Illinois Executive Mansion is one of the three oldest continuously occupied Governorís Mansions in the country.

Illinois is rich in history and is a great place to visit. Illinois rocks!!


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