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Step back in time as history comes to life, enjoy classic cars and music of a bygone era, or savor the best in bar-b-que and blues. You'll find hundreds of special events happening all year long.

E.g., 04/17/2015
E.g., 04/17/2015
2014-11-22 00:00:00 -- 2016-02-29 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
This exhibit focuses on Lincoln's best-known speeches while teaching visitors about Lincoln's transformation, ultimately putting the United States on track to become the first bi-racial democracy in world history. This exhibit is a collaboration with the Chicago History Museum and will be an inspiring and reflective commemoration of Lincoln's death. Roughly ninety to one hundred original objects, including the Lincoln family carriage and the death bed of Abraham Lincoln, will be on display. Museum admission is required
2015-01-31 00:00:00 -- 2015-12-31 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol
In a span of one week back in 1865, Illinois lawmakers ratified the constitutional amendment ending slavery and abolished the state’s racist “black laws.” The Old State Capitol State Historic Site will celebrate the 150th anniversary of those accomplishments with an exhibit throughout 2015. Developed with Secretary of State Jesse White’s office, the display explains the constitutional amendment and the change in Illinois laws.
2015-03-08 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-13 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Exhibition at the Illinois State Museum Springfield Gallery. Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art explores the various ways artists choose to combine language in their visual art. Works by emerging and mid-career artists from throughout the state are featured alongside works selected from the Illinois State Museum Fine Art Collection. This exhibition showcases art that incorporates words, letters, or text for narrative or graphic impact. It features art by self-taught artists and works by academically trained contemporary artists working in both traditional and new media.
2015-03-10 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-31 00:00:00
Location: 1 Old State Capitol Plaza (6th and Adams)
This 90-minute, 10-block walking tour uses the Lincoln sites as the backdrop for the strange and bizarre history surrounding Lincoln's life and death. Stories begin with his last visit to his law office and laying in state in the old capitol. At the church hear how the Lincoln's found their way into the church through the death of young Eddie. You'll enjoy an evening stroll through the Lincoln neighborhood where the tales take a strange turn. Once in Washington Mary engaged in Spiritualism and had séances in the White House and Lincoln befriended a known psychic. Lincoln was also known to have prophetic dreams and visions of death. The night ends at the depot talking about his departure from Springfield and return on board the Lincoln Special his funeral train. But there's bizarre tales of the tomb site such as the attempted theft of his body and a number of movements and openings of his coffin until finding his final resting place in 1901. This is largely a factual history tour and includes the known ghostly lore of Lincoln. Suitable for all ages, strange and bizarre stories, not scary. This tour is a must do while in town.
2015-03-26 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-08 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd. Springfield, IL 62711
Every Thursday at 5:45pm. All levels of riders, walkers, runners and skaters welcome! Earn rewards as a SCHEELS Club Member! Reminder that all skaters and bikers are required to wear helmets. Event is free and open to the public.
2015-04-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-17 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Ghost of the Library Queue
A reflective look back at the creation of the museum and its dedication. View objects, images and video that tell the story of how this amazing Presidential Museum was created.
2015-04-10 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-15 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
The elephant in the room is that one day, if we aren’t careful, the elephant will never be in the room again. Extinction is forever – at least for now. A statuesque and imagination-provoking example of this is the mastodon story presented in the new Hot Science exhibit at the Illinois State Museum. Although the ultimate reason for the demise of these animals has been debated for decades, answers to extinction questions are no longer trivial or academic given the rapid pace of climate change and our great concern for threatened and endangered species. What clues are mastodon and mammoth remains giving us about their ultimate downfall? What lessons can we unlock from their stories? Is a major extinction event underway now? Event is free and open to the public.
2015-04-15 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-04 00:00:00
Location: The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, 629 S. 7th St.
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoration Event)The National Woman’s Relief Corps / The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum will have on exhibit a special display on Corporal Alex Rhodes, Co G, 121st. Ohio Volunteers. ... On Sunday, May 3, 2015, ladies of The National Woman’s Relief Corps will assemble outside of the museum dressed in their traditional whites and wearing a traditional black “In Memoriam” ribbon to pay their respects as the procession passes Cook South 7th. Street on its way to Oak Ridge Cemetery. ... To ensure greater opportunity to browse the exhibit, the museum will be open and have extended hours during the 2015 re-enactment commemoration. Extended hours: Friday, May 1, 2015 to Monday, May 4, 2015 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ... The Civil War Roundtable will join the Woman's Relief Corps at their National Headquarters (G.A.R. Museum) to greet visitors on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2015-04-17 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-19 00:00:00
Location: Indoor Theatre - Lincoln's New Salem
In association with the 150th Anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Coalition, TIP presents, Mr. Lincoln. Performed by John O’Connor, Mr. Lincoln shares Abraham Lincoln’s life and mind from the moments of his youth, to the maturity in Illinois as an advocate, and on to the momentous years he spent in Washington as the great emancipator of the Civil War. The events and ideas are rooted in historical records and new discoveries about Lincoln the man, the husband, the wartime commander in chief, the president with special emphasis on Lincoln's own brilliant language.
2015-04-17 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-17 00:00:00
Location: Boondocks Pub
Kentucky Singer/Songwrighter
2015-04-17 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-19 00:00:00
Location: New Salem Visitor Center Theatre
(Lincoln Funeral Commeration Event) Performed by John O’Connor, Mr. Lincoln shares Abraham Lincoln’s life and mind from the moments of his youth, to the maturity in Illinois as an advocate, and on to the momentous years he spent in Washington as the great emancipator of the Civil War. The events and ideas are rooted in historical records and new discoveries about Lincoln the man, the husband, the wartime commander in chief, the president with special emphasis on Lincoln's own brilliant language. Discover the inner life of the human, humorous, and often troubled president's personal and public self. Tickets: $13 - Adults; $11 - Seniors (55+); $8 - Children (12 and under)
2015-04-17 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-19 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. 6th St.
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoration Event) Our American Cousin is a play in three acts by Tom Taylor. The play is a farcical comedy whose plot is based on the introduction of an awkward, boorish American to his aristocratic English relatives. Directed by Pam Brown in conjunction with the Springfield Theatre Center. ... Tickets: $18 adults, $16 seniors and children under 12
2015-04-18 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-18 00:00:00
Location: Springfield Art Association - Edwards Place
Edwards Place is re-opening to the public after being closed for restoration for nearly a year! See this stunning antebellum mansion restored to its 19th century glory. Restoration work includes refinished walnut trim; period-appropriate carpet and wallpaper; rewired original chandeliers, and reproduction original wallpaper. Edwards Place was the home of Benjamin and Helen Edwards from 1843-1909. It was a social center of antebellum Springfield, where all of Illinois's leading citizens were entertained.
2015-04-18 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-18 00:00:00
Location: Springfield Art Association
Glaze a hand bulit pot, fire it in an outdoor kiln and it is ready to take home that night. Come watch the firing process of the raku kilns, enjoy a Hawaiian whole Hog Roast Dinner, s'mores and live music by Monica Morris and Josie Lowder.
2015-04-18 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-18 00:00:00
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(Lincoln Funeral Commeration Event) The last documented living participant in the President's Springfield funeral was the tree known as the Lincoln Vault Oak that shaded the funeral choir. Guy Sternberg, certified arborist and internationally known tree authority, will present the history and biology of this white oak tree at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site visitor center using historic records and images as well as actual wood specimens which were analyzed to yield information about events that took place at the site. The free program will be similar to the one at the Illinois State Museum on April 1. It will run from 2:00 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. followed by a short guided walk among the trees in the vicinity of President Lincoln’s home. SPEAKER: Guy Sternberg, Director, Starhill Forrest Arboretum Event is free and open to the public

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