Sesquicentennial Houses of Worship Award

Illinois State Historical Society   |   Strawbridge-Shepherd House   |   PO Box 1800   |   Springfield, IL 62705-1800

 

ISHS SESQUICENTENNIAL HOUSE OF WORSHIP AWARD

Since 2010, the Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) has recognized Illinois houses of worship that have served their congregations continuously for 150 years or more.

The ISHS Sesquicentennial House of Worship Awards Committee invites potential sesquicentennial houses of worship to complete an application and return it, along with appropriate documentation and a non-refundable payment of $50 (administrative fee), to the ISHS. The administrative fee supports the work of the ISHS, a private not-for-profit organization that receives no tax dollars from state government bodies.

Each recognized house of worship will receive a certificate from the Illinois State Historical Society recognizing its sesquicentennial anniversary and have its history recorded at the Society as well as at the Illinois State Library for the use of future researchers. Recognized houses of worship will be honored at a special luncheon.

We look forward to recognizing your house of worship as part of our state’s history.

Deadline for application submission is June 30, 2026. Recognized houses of worship will be honored at a special luncheon in Springfield in the fall of 2026.

Please share this with any congregations you think might be eligible! If you have questions, please call us at 217-525-2781 or contact us at Kim.Jones@historyillinois.org

 


 

 

 

 

Sesquicentennial House of Worship Award

Pay your Sesquicentennial House of Worship Award fee online.

$50.00 Payment

 

 

 

 

Previous Recipients

Sesquicentennial Houses of Worship Award

Illinois State Historical Society   |   Strawbridge-Shepherd House   |   PO Box 1800   |   Springfield, IL 62705-1800