Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission Collection


Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission Collection


Illinois. Sesquicentennial Commission
Special events
Newman, Ralph Geoffrey, 1911-1998


The Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission was created in 1965 by the 74th Illinois General Assembly to commemorate the 150th anniversary of statehood in 1968. Several events took place across the state as part of the celebration including ceremonies at historic sites, performances, and the placement of a time capsule on top of the John Hancock Center. Several celebrities with ties to Illinois participated in the production of a television show, I Remember Illinois, and a film, Tomorrow is a Day. The commission also produced a commemorative medallion and booklet.

Photographs in this collection images of the members of the Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission, commission events, Illinois historic sites and landmarks, and celebrities participating in commission activities. Also included are several photographs of the first Special Olympics which took place at Soldier Field in 1968.

The finding aid for the Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission Records, 1965-1969 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library may be found at

Items in the Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission Collection Collection

Members of the Illinois Readers Theatre at Northern Illinois University pose on risers with binders in their hands in front of the Illinois Sesquicentennial logo.

Men and women in period dress meet with Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission chairman Ralph G. Newman.

On verso: "General manager Richard Ferris and Ralph Newman, chairman, Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission admire the chocolate Ferris wheel made by pastry chef Heinz Zache honoring the Chicago 1893ers participating in a Diamond jubilee held at theā€¦

Several youth baseball players stand along Comiskey Park's third base line listening to a speaker at a Chicago White Sox Game.

Two female Special Olympics althletes pose with a man in a suit while standing on the awards podium wearing their medals. The inaugural Chicago Special Olympics took place at Soldier Field in 1968.

Collection Tree

  • Illinois Photographic Collection
    • Illinois Sesquicentennial Commission Collection