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We may have celebrated our nation's birthday, but it's the state's too. 20-18 represents Illinois' bicentennial and a new exhibit that recently opened in Springfield recognizes the state's rural history. Erika Holst serves as curator of decorative arts at the Illinois State Museum;
 

 

 
Holst acknowledges many Illinoisans didn't even know Illinois had a state museum until a budget standoff between the governor and General Assembly forced its shutdown for a period of time in recent years;
 

 

 
The bicentennial exhibit at the Illinois State Museum will be on display through next February.

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