1818 - 2018

The State of Illinois began a year-long celebration commemorating its admission into the Union. Illinois' literary heritage is as expansive as its geography.

Illinois' Bicentennial Events at Orland Park Public Library

Ten People From Illinois Who Changed History: Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m.
Did you know that Walt Disney, Betty Freidan and Charles Walgreen also called the Prairie State home? Join historian Leslie Goddard as she reviews ten intriguing people from Illinois, including heads of state, newsmakers, inventors and others. They are all from Illinois--and they all changed the world.

Restoring the People's House: Tuesday, September 18 at 7 p.m.
This presentation will offer interesting insights and inspiring stories about the Illinois Executive Mansion, home to Illinois Governors and their families since 1855. Justin Blandford will remind audiences of the significance of our Executive Mansion and reconnect them to the history of leadership that we share as Illinois residents.

Illinois At 200: Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m.
Experience 200 years of state history testing your knowledge of state trivia and try your luck at winning a prize. Along the way, hear stories about the creation of the state, how your community got its name, and some of the strange and humorous tidbits of Illinois lore

Afternoons at OPPL - From Prairie to Farm to City: Music to Commemorate Illinois: Thursday, October 11 at 2 p.m.
This program includes songs about farmers, workers and labor struggles, disasters and tragedies. Blues and maybe even a little Rock and Roll. Join Phil Passen for this really informative and entertaining look at Illinois its history and its people.

Cemeteries in Chicago Mystery and History: Thursday, October 25 at 7 p.m.
A look at some well known and not so well known cemeteries in the Chicago land area. Bob Trzceciak will talk about architecture, who's buried there and some paranormal history

Happy Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash (Youth): Saturday, November 17 at 2 p.m.
In 2018, the great state of Illinois will be 200 years old. The bicentennial of the state calls for a celebration! In this program, Terry Lynch will discuss everything from Illinois' early years, historical happenings, and famous Illinoisans. It's going to be a party!

Our Land Between the Rivers, Illinois In Story & Song: Tuesday, November 20 at 7 p.m.
Take a whirlwind trip back through time to the early days of the origins of our State and where it's name came from, the Illiniwek Nation of Native Americans. Barry Cloyd provides an in-depth focus, both through narrative and song, into some of the most important events and people who have shaped the amazing history of our State.

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