What's being billed as the "first and only comprehensive exhibition" celebrating the Illinois bicentennial will open at the Peoria Riverfront Museum next month.
"Celebrate Illinois: 200 Years in the Land of Lincoln" will debut Feb. 3. More than 240 historic object and narratives of famous Illinoisans will be told.
“I hope visitors take away an interest and pride in the state’s history. You really start to see how many amazing individuals have lived and worked here who’ve made a positive lasting impact,” said exhibition curator Lottie Phillips. “There is truly something in this exhibition for everyone.”
Presidential artifacts include Ulysses S. Grant's belt buckle, Ronald Reagan's Eureka College diploma and 1957 Golden Globe award, and a pen used by Barack Obama to sign his first executive order.
Other notable items include a 1995 World Series hat signed by Jim Thome and the battling helmet and gloves worn by Ben Zobrist during his hit during Game 7 of the 2016 World Series that led the Cubs to a historic victory.