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Download 'Experience History' App

A new app from the Illinois Historic Preservation Division of IDNR  was developed in conjunction with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology. The app offers information and photos that will help visitors get the most from their trips to state historic sites.  The 'Experience History' app also allows history fans to support Illinois' historic sites with digital donations, an option that has been added to the agency's website, too.

"Our sites bring Illinois history to life, and we want people to enjoy them as much as possible. This is a great example of using innovation to celebrate Illinois' rich history in a contemporary format," said Heidi Brown-McCreery, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Division. 

"In a time when people are less likely to carry cash, it gives them a convenient way to show their support and appreciation for a site by making a donation," Brown-McCreery added.

It features a list of all historic sites, a link to the agency events calendar, multiple photos of each site and background information on each one. Even more features will be added in later versions. 

NOTE ANDROID USERS ONLY:  The donation payment processing function in the Illinois History mobile application for Android devices is currently down.  Donations are still being processed through the web site at  We apologize for the inconvenience.