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Old Mill Fall Fest
This event gives the public a chance to see the 70 foot Mill which was built in 1872 and view the unique construction inside on the first two floors. Participants will be demonstrating all old time crafts.
Antique Farm Show at Lincoln's New Salem
Horse drawn plows, historic farming equipment and agricultural techniques from the 19th century will be featured during the Antique Farm Show. A display of historic farming equipment will be set up in a field by the Blacksmith Shop near the entrance to the village, allowing Antique Farm Show visitors to learn about the latest developments in agriculture from Abraham Lincoln's time to the early 1900s. The Vintage Ag Association of Menard County will have an antique tractor display in the parking lot by the Visitor Center.
Canal Alliance Congress
August 24, 2014 marked 30 years since the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor had been signed into existence by President Ronald Reagan. The theme for our 3rd Annual Canal Alliance Congress during this anniversary year is “Looking Back, Looking Forward.” We will be looking back at the founding of the national heritage corridor and past projects and how they are doing today. Then we will look forward at projects in the works and only dreamed of, to envision what the Canal Corridor will be like in the future. There are a variety of sections, including panel discussions, pecha kucha presentations (pecha kucha is a presentation with 20 seconds per slide for 20 slides), and networking breaks, as well as an hour lunch. Reservations required.
Our American Cousin and the Assassination of President Lincoln
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln with a production of "Our American Cousin." Audience members will watch the play as seen by the president that evening, then follow along through the tragic moments of the assassination and its aftermath before ending with a journey back to the Goosenest Prairie, home of the president’s beloved step-mother, Sarah Lincoln. Audience members will experience the cultural offerings of 19th-century American theatre and be able imagine the grief and horror of a nation’s response to Lincoln’s murder, and closer to home - the grief of the president’s Coles County kin. Directed by Earl Halbe, volunteers will recreate the play President and Mrs. Lincloln attended that fateful evening when the president's life was tragically taken by the assasin John Wilkes Booth. During these dates the site will feature "Draped in Mourning", an examination of mourning customs of the 19th century.
9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor - Joliet Area Historical Museum
The 9th Annual Red Carpet Corridor including activities at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. It is all about family fun on the most famous road in America - Route 66. This year’s event will be Saturday, May 2, from 8 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, May 3, from 8 AM to 3 PM. Sponsored by the twelve communities which make up the 90-mile linear museum from Joliet to Towanda, the annual festival invites everyone to experience the good life in the slow lane. Each community will produce its own events. From full-blown festivals to antique and craft sales, art sales, car and motorcycle shows, live entertainments, and plenty of yard, garage, and sidewalk sales along the way, everyone is sure to discover something unique. Food, snacks and treats will be in abundance, and there are plenty of historic sites, outstanding free museums and unique mom & pop businesses to help create a nostalgic journey for all to enjoy. Visitors can simply enjoy the drive, stop and have their picture taken with Elvis, or do a little shopping in any of the great stores along the Mother Road.
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than at the Starved Rock Lodge listening to the sounds of Illinois. This collage of music will encompass selections from the early 1900’s to present day. You’ll enjoy listening to piano, guitar and vocal interpretations of: Sounds from a Starved Rock Canyon, My Illinois Home, The State of Illinois Song, Illinois and Crossing Paths. We are pleased and proud to have Mr. Steve Seaborn as our Emcee for this event. From the State of Illinois Song in 1925 to “Illinois”, a more current, original composition by Dan Fogelberg, this afternoon is sure to peak your musical interest. This event will take place in the Great Hall. This a free event and open to the public. Donations are encouraged to continue bringing quality events.
Southern Illinois Music
Local musician Bill Reynolds will lead the audience through a historical journey of music in Southern Illinois dating back to the Civil War.
CITY: Mount Vernon
The Sinking of the Lusitania by Barbara Kay
Hear about the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania from the perspective of one of the survivors. Returning performer Barbara Kay will provide an engaging performance that will educate the audience about this event and its consequences.
CITY: Mount Vernon
Painting with Wine
Join us at the Joliet Area Historical Museum for an evening of flavorful wine and fun as you create your own masterpiece with the help of a local professional artist. Special admission price of $40 for Museum Members and $45 for Non-Members includes all materials, as well as free access to the Museum exhibits & galleries. Register online to reserve your spot now.
Commemorating 150 Years Since the Surrender at Appomattox
Join us in the celebration of the end of the Civil War, Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox, with a wide choice of activities and performances spanning two weekends in Galena. You have your choice of a dinner theatre performance of "Remembering Old Galena" at the DeSoto House Hotel with Civil War-era songs by Galena’s Bell Choir and the celebratory tolling of church bells throughout the city at sunset, an original theatrical production entitled Peace in Union will be performed multiple times at Turner Hall, Dubuque’s Cadenza Choir will perform a prelude of Civil War songs. Be sure to view “Peace in Union” by Thomas Nast and artifacts at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum.
Locust Street Historic Fair
The Locust Street Historic Fair offers crafters, artisans, food vendors, antique car show, train display and historical presentations.
Orson Welles 100th Birthday Festival 2015
A world-class figure in twentieth-century culture, Orson Welles was a tremendous force who excelled in film, live theater, and the broadcast media of radio and television. Come to Woodstock, IL, the town Orson Welles called home, to celebrate his 100th birthday!
Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon
You're invite you to participate in one of the Midwest’s premier half marathons. This is the only race where you can immerse yourself in Lincoln history and enjoy a scenic run past the only home he ever owned, his law office, the Old State Capitol where he delivered his “House Divided” speech, and his final resting place in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Thanksgiving with Lincoln Heritage of DeWitt County
Join us for a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a little history as you meet Mr.Lincoln and discover his ties with DeWitt County. The Thanksgiving meal is catered and tickets are available from the Clinton Chamber & Tourism Office.
Lincoln Funeral Re-Enactment
150th Anniversary Commemoration. Join us as we re-create history in Springfield, IL. Friday May 1: Encampment open to public. Abraham Lincoln Through the Arts presented by Benedictine University at Springfield Saturday May 2: Funeral Train arrives at 3rd St. Amtrak Station. Hearse Procession to Washington and 6th Streets. Opening Ceremony, candlelight vigil, Illinois Symphony Concert. Sunday May 3: Procession to Oak Ridge Cemetery with re-enactment of eulogy, speeches and salutes.
History Comes Alive
Daily Living History Programs at the Lincoln historic sites and throughout downtown Springfield. Most programs are free. For a complete schedule, go to visitspringfieldillinois.com
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum: 10th Anniversary Celebration
April 19, 2015 is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum's 10-year day of celebration. This day will be filled with inspiring moments and history-making experiences. Free Admission. An ambitious agenda for 2015 that includes an Evening With The Creators Series, Family Days, Civil War Ball and much much more is occurring at the museum this year. For a schedule of events, visit TenYearsLincoln.com.
Bishop Hill Civil War Day
A one-time event in honor of Bishop Hill’s Company D, IL 57th Infantry offering living history camp of infantry, cavalry, and battle re-enactments. A period fashion show and Ladies Tea is planned to set the stage. Other activities planned are an embalming exhibit and lecture, a hospital tent, and an evening dance in period costumes. Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln and General John A. Logan will be here, will you? For information call the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, 309-927-3899 or visit www.bishophillheritage.org
CITY: Bishop Hill
Bishop Hill Honor Flight Benefit
The spirit of giving each year is renewed by the Bishop Hill, The Filling Station Restaurant who organizes the annual fundraiser to send the Quad Cities area veterans to Washington, D.C. part of the Honor Flight Network. A barbeque rib dinner, that’s finger licking good right off the grill starts the festivities. Patriot Guard and Legion Riders ride into town and kick off the festivities with an invocation and presentation of colors. Patriotic music is provided throughout the event as well as unique military exhibits and a military retreat is held promptly at 1800 hours with a 21 gun salute and taps. A live auction of donated items, including, locally made artisan craft to sports memorabilia and more is the highlight of the day, besides the eating that is. Golf cart shuttle service from outlying parking areas will be provided to Village Park by Cambridge Cart Sales. Area veterans are provided with a free trip to visit their memorial with priority given to survivors of World War II, Korean War, and any veteran with a terminal illness. Honor Flight Quad Cities operates on donations from organizations and individuals. Representatives from the Honor Flight organization attend the fundraiser. All proceeds from the day’s events are donated to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities, $60,000 and counting. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Civil War Medical Encampment
Springfield's largest outdoor living history education event. The Encampment presents a variety of programs and activities for the whole family, including musical presentations, demonstrations, exhibits and vignettes. Enjoy the largest outdoor living history event in the area, complete with a Civil War living history camps.
Valborg Spring Bonfire
Bring the family and “burn away the old to welcome the new” experience a traditional Swedish bonfire. In Sweden the bonfire, speech and song signal hope in the future. Make this old tradition your own. The Bonfire is held at the Vasa Archives museum. Begins at 6 pm.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Festival of the Sugar Maples
At Coral Woods Conservation Area you will hear how maple syrup was made hundreds of years ago, discover how maple trees produce sap each spring, learn how sap is collected from maple trees and see how maple syrup is made at the evaporator house and even taste a sample. Stop for Breakfast before or after the festival!!! The Lions Club is also hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast simultaneously with the Festival of the Sugar Maples. (Additional Fee for the Breakfast)
Midsommar Music Festival
Music and fun for the entire family, participate in musical workshops, jamming sessions and a barn dance with instructions provided. Main stage concerts are held in Village Park. Main Stage Events begin at 11 am, Maypole procession at 4 pm, and Barn Dance at 7 pm.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Fever River Railroad Spring Open House
For model railroad aficionados-and everyone else who ever enjoyed model trains-this model railroad is something to see. The Fever River Railroad is a 103 by 24 foot HO scale model of a hypothetical railroad. The railroad intersects with models of "real" railroads, each of which can be operated independently-up to 20 trains can be operating at one time. Industries along the railroad right-of-way duplicate either actual facilities or are typically correct of the industries that would be found in the Upper Midwest. The scenery represents the geographical area as well. A collection of railroad memorabilia and pictures are on display.