Normal in McLean County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Illinois State Normal
Looking for Lincoln
but that was all” (Abraham Lincoln, Autobiography, 1859).
The founders of Illinois State Normal University believed that when Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Land Grant Act into law, in 1862, that their vision for the university would be realized. The Morrill Act had granted 30,000 acres of land to the states to create and support agricultural and technical colleges. The normal university was an innovation in the Midwest; there were a few in the Eastern U.S. But Fell, and others, intended “to draw around the new institution the different colleges —classical, agricultural, industrial, law, medical, and the other departments of a university — until in the end the State should have here a grand university.” Instead, Morrill Act funds were used to start the University of Illinois. The museum seen here was to be a foundation for a science program that included biology and geology.
Erected by Town of Normal • McLean County Museum of History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Looking for Lincoln series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
Location. 40° 30.558′ N, 88° 59.583′ W. Marker is in Normal, Illinois, in McLean County. Marker is on South University Street north of Dry Grove Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is near DeGamo Hall on the Illinois State University campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Normal IL 61761, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Highland Historic District (approx. ¾ mile away); A Station and a Home (approx. 0.9 miles away); Normal, Illinois (approx. 0.9 miles away); Cedar Crest Historic District (approx. 0.9 miles away); Historic Camelback Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); Van Leer's Broadview Mansion Bell (approx. 0.9 miles away); Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's School (approx. 1.2 miles away); Franklin Square Historic District (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Normal.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 13, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.