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Historical Markers

Across the Illinois campus, bronze historical markers commemorate some of the University’s world-changing achievements, discoveries, and creations. This web page created by the Office of Public Affairs provides the text and locations of the...

Lincoln Hall at 100

In 2011, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences launched the ambitious “Lincoln Hall Project,” an initiative to celebrate a major renovation of Lincoln Hall by celebrating the history of the building, the college,...


First published in 1895 as a junior class project, the Illio yearbook has served as not only a keepsake item for graduating seniors, but also a valuable document of student life at the University...

Alma Mater

Crafted by the renowned sculptor and alumnus Lorado Taft ‘1879 and unveiled on Alumni Day, June 11, 1929, it depicts, in Taft’s own words, “a benign and majestic woman in scholastic robes, who rises...


Memory Lane

Click on the images below to read about events in University of Illinois history.

Illini Hall 1940