Illinois Historic Preservation Division

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The Illinois Historic Preservation Division, formerly Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is a governmental agency of the U.S. state of Illinois, and is a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. It is tasked with the duty of maintaining State-owned historic sites, and maximizing their educational and recreational value to visitors or on-line users. In addition, it manages the process for applications within the state for additions to the National Register of Historic Places.

History of agency[edit]

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) was created by State law in July 1985. What was the agency's oldest bureau, the Illinois State Historical Library, was created in 1889, but the origins of the agency could be said to date back to the state's involvement in building and caring for the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield, Illinois, in 1865.

During the 20th century, the state of Illinois acquired and restored a wide variety of historic properties throughout the state. One key asset, Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site in Menard County, a reconstruction of a village where Abraham Lincoln lived in the 1830s, was established in the 1930s. The agency also administers the Cahokia World Heritage Site which includes the largest pre-columbian construction in the Americas north of Mexico.

The IHPA continued to grow after its creation in 1985, largely because of continued public interest in Lincoln as the bicentennial of his birth approached in 2009. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM), also in Springfield, Illinois, was dedicated in 2005. Unlike most presidential libraries, the Lincoln Library is state-owned.

The proposed 2016 budget of Governor Bruce Rauner sought to eliminate the agency, assigning its duties to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Opponents of the move claimed that the Commerce Department had neither the expertise nor the interest to carry out the agency's functions and that any savings from the agency's 2015 budget of $15 million would be minimal.[1]

In 2017, the Agency was split, with the historic preservation and site management duties falling to a reorganized Division within the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (which manages State Parks and other resources), and the Library (ALPLM) becoming an independent agency.[2]

List of Illinois State Historic Sites[edit]

The following is an alphabetical listing of the more than 50 Illinois State Historic Sites that are under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Historic Preservation Division:[3]

In addition to those above administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Division, other historic sites operated by Illinois state agencies include:

NRHP multiple property submissions[edit]

This List of NRHP Multiple Property Submission in Illinois are properties not part of a historic district but are, rather, listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places after a collective nomination with other similar properties, called a Multiple Property Submission.


  1. ^ "Illinois Historic Preservation Agency fights for survival". Chicago Tribune. April 16, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "Illinois' Lincoln Presidential Library Made Separate Agency". Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  3. ^ "Illinois Historic sites". Illinois Historic Preservation Division. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  4. ^ "Governor Small Memorial and Park". Illinois Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Purple Heart Memorial". Illinois Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Korean War Memorial". Illinois Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 17 January 2019.

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