In 2005, The Center's mural conservators cleaned James Edward McBurney's murals at the Palmer Park Field House. The mural series illustrates the history of Illinois through three narrative vignettes:
• Indian Maidens, with a group of Native-American women on the dunes surveying Lake Michigan.
• Father Marquette & Louis Joliet, where the two central figures are depicted in a canoe with Native-American scouts investigating what would become the Illinois Territory.
• Early American Settlers shows a couple in front of their farmhouse in this newly settled region.