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Vintage Voices Living History Tour
Relive the past firsthand as local actors/historians "bring to life" some of Alton's most interesting citizens. Individuals and groups will have a chance to learn about the women and men who shaped the city's rich history, View some vintage costumes and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the City and National Cemetery. www.AltonLittleTheater.org.
Lincoln Funeral Commemoration
Join us as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death with a showing of his replica coffin and presentations by historical speakers including Mary Todd Lincoln and more!.
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.
Fort Obie Rendezvous and Living Hitory Encampment
Visit the old world featuring a tipi encampment, black powder shoots, pre-1840 demonstrations, bow-shoots, tomahawk and knife throwing, primitive fire-starting, and 1840 trade goods. Open: 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Admission $2.00 per person.
Civil War Days
Kennekuk County Park takes a trip back to the 1800's when the Civil War re-enactments take over the Park. Participants from around the country come to the Danville area for this one-of-a-kind weekend experience.
The Fab Four at the Effingham Performance Center
Experience the best Beatles tribute ever by The Fab Four at 8 p.m. Hear your favorite timeless classics and relive the sixties with their uncanny recreation.
Greene County Days
Come out to Greene County this September 11, 12 and 13 to see history come to life! The James J. Eldred House will be open and there will be live period music, food vendors, guest speakers, a Civil War encampment, demonstrations and much more! Carrollton will have live music, crafts, baked goods and demonstrations on the courthouse lawn. The Historical Society will have artisan demonstrations along with arts and crafts. Eldred hosts the Baptist Church's salad luncheon. Rockbridge, Hillview, Haypress, Roodhouse and White Hall will also be serving up great food and entertainment! Don't forget to find a treasure or two to take home from the county wide yard sale.
James J. Eldred House Fall Festival
Historic Greene County is coming alive with people, places, and objects from the past during the annual James J. Eldred House Fall Festival. The festival will be held September 12-13 at the James J. Eldred House Historic Site. This year our Civil War reenactors will return and present new battles and educate about the times and equipment used. We will once again be hosting our Eldred Family Ice Cream Social and our annual Eldred Family Ball. We will also have have period vendors and music by The Fieldon Spring Band. The Eldred House will be open for tours.
Fulton Fall Festival
Activities for the entire family will be held all day long on Saturday in downtown Fulton and include inflatable rides, pumpkin painting, games, balloon artist, gunny sack races, face painting, games, a straw bale maze, make n’ take crafts, and more. Heritage Canyon will be open both Saturday and Sunday where you can explore life in the log cabin settlement, blacksmith and woodworking shops, Early American crafters in period clothing, vintage farm machinery, a covered bridge, church, one-room school house & demonstrations of pioneer living. Go to our website for a full listing of events.
Join us for the return of the Grafton Rendezvous on the banks of the Illinois River. See pre-1840 history come to life and experience what a busy river port was like during that period. Traders will demonstrate candle and rope making, bead working, wood carving, metal working and leather crafting. There will be tomahawk and knife throwing and much more. Bring the family and enjoy the fun.
Dinner and a Little History: Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard The Swiftwalker
Hubbard was 18 when he arrived in Chicago in October of 1818 as a clerk working in the fur trade. After the fur trade ended in Illinois, Hubbard built the first brick commercial building, opened the first meat packing plant in Chicago, helped create the Chicago Board of Trade and the Union Stockyards. He campaigned for and was later appointed as a commissioner responsible for building the I&M Canal. In his long and active life, Gurdon Hubbard saw Chicago grow from a town of four and a half houses, a fort and a Potawatomi town, to more than a half million people by the time of his death in 1886. Speaker: Gary Mechanic, veteran tour guide and storyteller for Friends of the Chicago Portage will bring his story to life. Reservations required. 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Canal Corridor Association. $24 for CCA members, $29 for non-members.
Starved Rock Country presents Legends Tribute
The Legends Tribute is a musical tribute to the stars. This year's performers will be all about rock, soul and country; performing as Elvis Presley, Barry White and Johnny Cash.
West Fork Encampment
Re-creation of Frontier and Military life of the 18th century nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Lou Yaeger. There will be cannon demonstrations, period food, music and many more historical demonstrations. Located at Picnic Area #4.
Fort Massac Encampment
This annual reenactment of late-1700s Illinois life on the frontier prairie features blanket traders, merchants, military units, fife and drum corps, and period-style food from more than 20 vendors. The encampment offers military drills, mock battles, along with story telling and children's activities.
Massiac Marines Living History
Re-enactors depict the French and Indian War period, as living historians. Visit the Garrison for the Massiac Marines on Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis.
Civil War Encampment
Don't miss this favorite annual tradition when members of the 10th Illinois Regiment and their families spend the weekend on the Mill grounds depicting what life was like in a Union military camp. Complete with authentic clothing, weapons, and tools, this event will take you back in time to the 1860s. Experience black powder firing demonstrations and drills, cooking, toys, and crafts. The members of this regiment are excellent presenters who pay attention to historical accuracy, and they are extremely dedicated to creating a unique and unforgettable experience.
Lincoln’s Trial & Tribulations
Join us for an intimate dinner theater experience in beautiful historic settings while experiencing Lincoln from a whole new perspective - event held on three dates: Aug 29, Sept 19, Oct 3. Savor a delicious period meal. Hear and watch the story of the 1847 Matson Slave Trial unfold. It is one of the top ten trials in Lincoln’s career and one of the top five in Coles County. It is an evening out of the ordinary!
Canal Boat & Trolley Tour
Start off with a delicious hot lunch at Starved Rock Lodge. Next, board one of our trolleys for a ride through historic downtown Utica and stop at Cattails for shopping. Your trolley will also take you on a relaxing ride to LaSalle where you will board the canal boat. Step back into time with period dressed interpreters on this 1-hour boat ride. There is minimal walking involved in this tour and restrooms are available throughout. For more information or to reserve call 815-220-7386. $39.00 Adult $34.00 children 10 and under. 11:00a.m. every Friday May through October.
Buddy Holly/Herman's Hermits
Enjoy a tribute to Buddy Holly, Herman’s Hermits and more! Mike Bruccoleri will bring back great memories with Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Kind of a Drag and other favorites of that time! Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Times: 11:30am - 2:45pm. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Michael St. Angel takes the stage as “The King of Rock and Roll." You can rock to the hits that made Elvis famous such as Jailhouse Rock, Hounddog, Love Me Tender and many more. Keep the spirit of Rockin’ and Rollin’ alive! April 19/Evening; April 20 & 21/Matinees - Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $37.00 per person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Fort LaMotte Days
Step back in time in an authentically reconstructed fort from the early 1800's. Relive history as settlers, militia, traders and craftsmen gather at Fort LaMotte. Friday is set aside for school children. Saturday and Sunday are open to the public.
Candlelight Tour of New Salem
Bring the family to experience New Salem village after dark. Interpreters in period clothing will welcome you into the reconstructed log homes of the historic village where Abraham Lincoln lived for six years.
Fall Festival at New Salem
Typical autumn life on the 1830s Illinois prairie will be demonstrated. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and fishing with nets. Demonstrations of meat smoking will take place in one of the log village's period smokehouses, and wild game cooking will be demonstrated in the log homes. Visitors can step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.
Traditional Music Festival
Listen to bluegrass and folk music played on traditional instruments as you stroll among the log cabins and garden paths of the reconstructed pioneer village where Abraham Lincoln lived and worked as a young man.