Past Exhibits 2017-06-06T16:41:31+00:00

Past Exhibits

December 2016, to May 2017
Lincoln Landing

–An exhibition created by the Give Something Back Foundation that tells the story behind the individuals and organizations who created the dynamic space that is today known as the Lincoln Landing. The Lincoln Landing, which was dedicated by the Lockport Community on the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to improve America’s transportation networks, especially the Illinois and Michigan Canal.

The exhibit also explains the logistic ideals behind the Lincoln Landing’s landscape design and  long horizontals which reflect the landing’s history and earlier uses. Visitors can learn about Artist David Ostro and his creation of the life-size three-headed sculpture of Abraham Lincoln that resides within the story circle on Lincoln Landing near The Gaylord Building.

Visit this exhibit to learn more about Lincoln’s connection to the Lockport Community and the dedication of the Lincoln Landing.


October, to December 2016
Unlocking the Past: Larissa Barnat’s Joliet Prison Photographs


June to October, 2016
Lockport Summer Art Series Trading Card Exhibit

— This exhibit displayed enlarged versions of the City of Lockport’s Summer Art Series Trading Cards. As part of the Summer Art Series, residents and visitors to the area would pick up a map and visit different participating locations/businesses throughout the city to find all 40 trading cards and read the stories on them. All cards have fantasy stories on them about the character featured. Some of the characters being fictional, and some with connections to the city of Lockport.

June to October, 2016
Discarded Memories by Kass Copeland

–This exhibit featured mixed-media art pieces that were created using discarded furniture and household items found in the alleys of the artist’s Chicago neighborhood.  “Often returning to childhood stories and rhymes as resources, her work is rooted in this narrative foundation. Like joining words together to form a story, her pieces reveal themselves as new objects with completely separate histories.”

Feb 4, to June 20, 2016
Unlocking the Past: Larissa Barnat’s Joliet Prison Photographs

–The exhibit highlights community efforts in the preservation and adaptive reuse of the Old Joliet Prison. A student at Lewis University, Barnat visited the prison site in Fall 2015 with the objective of photographing the architectural elements visible from outside the prison walls. Her images capture the unique legacy of William W. Boyington, one of Illinois’ most important early architect.

This exhibit also marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act – Preservation50. Although there is much to celebrate, there is still much work to be done. Larissa’s images have the power to spark the imagination and capture this historical moment.

Feb 20, to May 20, 2015
Lockport on View: Canal Community
–The exhibit features historical photographs of one of the preserved canal communities in the United States. H.H. Carter photographs are at the center of this exhibit. Carter’s early 20th century images provide keen insight into the community. Other images from Lewis University’s Adelmann Regional History Center Collection will be included.

Feb 20, to May 20, 2015
Visions of the I and M Canal National Heritage Corridor at 30
–The exhibit utilizes rarely displayed images that attempt to capture the scope of the nation’s first National Heritage Corridor that stretches 96 miles from Chicago to LaSalle, IL.
June 13 to August 3, 2014
Jason Brammer: Time Machines, Relics and Portals
–A solo artist exhibition featuring steampunk themed pieces; sponsored by the City of Lockport  and curated by the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery.

February 12, 2009 to January 15, 2012
Abraham Lincoln and the I&M Canal
–The display examined the connections between our 16th President and the historic waterway.

September 17, 2011 to January 15, 2012
Places, Pieces and People that Matter
–The display Celebrated Will County’s 175th Anniversary.

October 6, 2010 to September 4, 2011
Lines and Shadows, Discovering the Adelmann Collection
–The exhibit highlighted the diverse collection of canal and regional history artifacts at Lewis University.

October 30, 2009 to December 12, 2010
Lincoln Landing from Dream to Reality
— A display that took a detailed look at the development of the nation’s newest park honoring America’s 16th President.

October 27, 2007 to September 12, 2010
Celebrating Twenty Years: The Gaylord Building on the Public Landing, 1987-2007
–An exhibit that commemorated the historic site’s past, present and future as a unique place.

June 25 to August 6, 2010
Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience
–A travelling exhibit from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum brought to Lockport through a partnership with the Des Plaines Valley Public Library District (now White Oak Library District).

August 21 to September 16, 2009
Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America
–A travelling exhibit from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum brought to Lockport through a partnership with the Des Plaines Valley Public Library District (now White Oak Library District).

May 24 to October 7, 2007
Jewels of the Past: Historic Preservation in the Corridor
–A photographic essay by student of Lockport Township High School.

January 16 to May 17, 2007
Worth: The Friendly Village with Small Town Charm
–Created by the Worth Historical Society.

January 20 to April 1, 2007
Generations of Pride: African-Americans in Illinois
–A traveling exhibit from the Illinois Association of Museums.

December 12, 2006 to January 19, 2007
Lincoln Through the Years, 1846-1865
–A traveling exhibit from the Illinois Association of Museums.

October 10 to December 10, 2006
World War II: Posters of Illinois
–A traveling exhibit from the Illinois Association of Museums.

August 1 to October 8, 2006
Bar None: 125 Years of Illinois Women Lawyers
–A traveling exhibit from the Illinois Association of Museums.

May 18, 2006 to May 18, 2007
Navy Pier: Gateway to the I & M Canal Corridor
–A photographic essay by students of Lockport Township High School.