The Illinois Guard in History

June 13, 2018 - Springfield, IL

Today Jo and I took the opportunity to explore a historical site that is a little off the beaten path--the Illinois Military History Museum in Springfield, IL. Located just north of the Illinois National Guard's Camp Lincoln, it is a well-designed series of exhibits located inside a historic landmark.

In the next sections, I will present the exhibits--indoors and outside--in sections relating to the conflicts reflected by the various exhibits. Enjoy the images!


War of 1812


Indian Wars


Mexican War


Civil War



Spanish-American War


World War I




World War II


Korean Conflict


Vietnam War


Desert Shield/Desert Storm


Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Support


Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom


Homeland Security


Community Assistance & Support to Civil Authorities


Outside Vehicles, Equipment, and Aircraft

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If you are in central Illinois--or plan to visit--this is a stop well worthwhile. You will only spend about 90 minutes, but the historical treasures are worth the time.

Illinois State Military Museum

1301 N MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, IL 62702

(217) 761-3910

Hours are 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday