Adams County, Illinois: The First 200 Years 1825-2025 Bicentennial Edition

Retail Price: $49.95 pre-publication

For two centuries, Adams County, Illinois, has become a center for both agriculture and business, beautiful homes and rich traditions right alongside the Mississippi River. It’s a county filled with folks known for hard work, steadfast faith, and family values.

To celebrate our county’s upcoming 200th anniversary in 2025, the Adams County Bicentennial Committee, led by chairman Chuck Scholz, is proud to announce a new comprehensive historical book of the county, its people, and its communities, highlighted by hundreds of photographs representing all eras and aspects of local Adams County history.

We Need Your Help!

The Adams County, Illinois Bicentennial Book will contain never-before-seen photos, sketches, and highlights of our county throughout the years. To make sure the book fully represents the county and its people, we want to include YOUR photos! This book documenting the history of our county is for everyone who lives or has lived in Adams County!

If you have a photograph representing something of historic significance to Adams County, please send it in. We cannot guarantee the image will be included, but we are interested in unpublished photos that help tell our collective county history.

You may send original photographs and we will handle them with care, or send professional duplicate prints (no Xerox copies, please) of any irreplaceable photos.

If mailing or dropping of please write your name, address and a caption on the back explaining who and what is depicted in the photograph and, if possible, the date it was taken. All photographs will be reviewed for content and clarity with the goal of using as many as we can, and all will be returned when the book is completed.


Quincy Public Library
c/o Adams Co. Bicentennial History Book
526 Jersey Street • Quincy, IL 62301

In addition, high resolution photos may be emailed to:

Or you may upload your historic stories and/or photos here.

Adams County Illinois

  • Drop files here or
    Max. file size: 300 MB.
      Word files only—do not embed photos in your story
    • Drop files here or
      Max. file size: 300 MB.
        JPEG, TIFF, or PNG files only. For best reproduction in print, file size should be 500kb or larger. The first photo is free; additional photos are $15.00 each.
      • Thank you for submitting your history and photos. While no book purchase is required for your submission, only those who order in advance at the special pre-sale price are guaranteed receiving a copy of the book. To reserve your copy now, scroll to the top of the page.

      There is NO CHARGE for having your photos published in the Adams County, Illinois Bicentennial Book. Your pictures (and any book orders) should be sent in no later than September 30, 2024.

      Questions? Call 573-472-9800 or email

      Ideas for Never-Before-Published Photos to Submit:
      • Significant People and Places
      Important citizens, business and civic leaders, veterans, and notable figures
      • Buildings
      Homes, barns, and other landmark buildings
      • Events/Acitivities
      Parades, political rallies, disasters, etc.
      • Businesses
      Drug stores, general stores, banks, doctors offices, factories, etc.
      • Schools
      Buildings, schools activities, graduating classes, sports, school buses, etc.
      • Transportation
      Early automobiles, boats & bargers, road construction, trains, etc.
      • Organizations
      Garden clubs, 4-H, military, civic, etc.
      • Churches
      Buildings, events, baptisms, revivals, etc.

      Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.

      Book Details
      Pages: To be determined pages
      Product Dimensions: 8.5" X 11"
      Cover Type: Hardcover
      Case Quantity:

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