For the next year, we are celebrating a special anniversary here in Illinois.
It is the bicentennial that got underway Sunday in Springfield.
And we plan to bring you every step in a journey we're calling Home and History: Celebrating 200 Years.
It began on an unusually warm December day as a museum prepares to unveil a new exhibit: From Illinois to the White House; Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama.
"We have a lot of back and forth to this. Yes and no, that type of thing. But at the end of the day, it's a great product that comes out. So, it's well out over a year, at the end of the day," said Alan Lowe, Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
With writing samples and other personal items from the four presidents, it opens to the public March 23.
"These lives of these four men, have been so amazing. And you see how they became leaders, how they led the nation," Lowe said.
You can also look for an official craft beer in your local stores from Hand of Fate Brewing, only up and running in Petersburg, IL for 18 months.
They won a contest at the State Fair this summer to earn this honor.
"I was dumbstruck. Really, hehe. And, really, then it kind of hit me about the amount of work and logistics that were going to be involved. There's been a lot of that and there's still a lot more to go. But we're excited for the next year," Head Brewer Mike Allison, said.
Dozens turned out at the Lincoln Library Sunday to try that new beverage and toast the 21st state, officially recognized on Dec.3, 1818.
You can expect to see educational lessons at your local schools about this event over the next year and flag raising ceremonies begin during the lunch hour on Monday.
For a list of Bicentennial events, check this Link.