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IL Bicentennial Speaker Series

2/18/2018 - 10/21/2018, 2 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706

A special Bicentennial series of programs, “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans,” will begin on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, and continue on the third Sunday of every month through October 2018. The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) at Lincoln Land Community College in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar speakers offered by Illinois Humanities. Reservations are not required.

February 18: “Two Centuries to Celebrate: Illinois at the Bicentennial,”  Dr. Samuel Wheeler
March 18: “This Land Was Your Land: Native Americans, Globalization and Treaties,” Dr. Michael Wiant
April 15: “Becoming A State: The Illinois Way,”  Tara McClellan McAndrew
May 20: “Binding Our State Together: Canals, Railroads, Postal Services and Roads,” Dr. Norman Moline
June 17: “Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle For Freedom,” Jeanne Schulz Angel
July 15: “Building Illinois: Entrepreneurialism Flourishes, Workers Rise” Mike Matejka
August 19: “Farming in the Great Corn Belt: 200 Years of Challenges, Choices & Changes,” Don Meyer
September 16: “Illinois in Art & Literature, 1818 to 2017,” Laura Mueller
October 21: “From Prairie to Farm to City: Music To Commemorate Illinois’s Bicentennial,” Phil Passen

From Illinois to the White House Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama

3/23/2018 - 12/31/2018, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Musuem, 212 N. 6th St. Springfield IL 62701
The exhibit will explore their connections to the Prairie State, their political battles, the first ladies who helped them succeed and much more. Visitors will see amazing documents and artifacts, including Ronald Reagan’s yearbook from his high school days in Dixon, the table where Ulysses S. Grant’s accepted Robert E. Lee’s surrender during the Civil War, an original draft of Barack Obama’s speech at the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march, and the briefcase Abraham Lincoln used as president. 

Moonlight Market

5/2/2018 - 9/19/2018, 1st & 3rd Wednesday 6 pm - 9 pm
Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery & Eatery, 500 S. 6th St Springfield, IL 62701
Join us the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from May - September. A unique art, craft, and vendor fair! All sorts of crafts, art, locally made products, and more will be available from a variety of vendors.

Illinois Products Farmers Market

5/10/2018 - 10/11/2018, Every Thursday: 4 pm - 7 pm
Illinois State Fairgrounds - The Shed, 801 E. Sangamon Ave Springfield, IL 62703

Each week the Illinois Products Farmers Market will feature a musical entertainment, Illinois beer and Illinois wine, and local food truck vendors. Also be on the look-out for our scheduled cooking demonstrations from LLCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program as they prepare Springfield Clinic's "Recipe of the Week."

Products range from produce, meat, eggs, plants, specialty products, wine and beer - all produced right here in Illinois. 

Old Capitol Farmers Market

5/16/2018 - 10/27/2018, Every Wednesday & Saturday: 8 am - 12:30 pm
Downtown Springfield, 411 E. Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701

The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield on Adams St. between 3rd & 5th Sts. At the market, you’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal baked goods and cheeses, flowers and more.

The market is just steps from the Old State Capitol historic site and you’ll find other sites like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home and Dana-Thomas House-a Frank Lloyd Wright Design nearby!

Artist on the Plaza

5/30/2018 - 8/29/2018, Every Wednesday: Noon - 1 pm
Old State Capitol Plaza, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza Springfield, IL 62701
Artist on the Plaza:  an entertainment series featuring local performers, this outdoor, one-hour, summertime program has been held for over thirty years. 

30: Monica Hay - vocalist
6: Springfield Area Youth Jazz Band - instrumental jazz
13: Carole Vetter - rhythm and blues vocalist
20: Tater Tot - eclectic vocal and instrumental
27: Phil Steinberg - Sinatra stylist
4: Rick Dunham - Elvis Himselvis
11: Matt Mifflin - vocal and guitar
18: Britney Long - singer/songwriter
25: Casey Cantrall - vocal and guitar
1: Saint Andrew’s Society - Scottish dance
8: Springfield Dance Theatre - dancers
15: Rowdy Dawson - country-western vocal and guitar
22: Route 66 - barbershop quartet
29: Mary Bryant Home Singers - vocalist


Abe and Mary Quite Contrary A Walking Tour

6/5/2018 - 8/28/2018, Every Tuesday: 10 am & 1:30 pm
Starts at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701

This 1.5 mile, 60-minute walking tour takes you on a journey through time as we explore beautiful, historic, downtown Springfield. Along the way, we will reveal the people and places that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart.  Registration required at  

Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection

6/30/2018 - 2/3/2019, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
This major exhibition, in celebration of the State’s 200th birthday, features rare and rarely-seen artifacts from the Museum’s 13.5–million-object Illinois Legacy Collection to highlight the dynamic story of Illinois.
Bicentennial and Beyond! exhibits artifacts from a variety of disciplines, including art, anthropology, archaeology, botany, decorative arts, geology, and zoology, chosen for the unique stories they tell about Illinois. Reflecting the fact that the complete story of Illinois goes well beyond the 200 years since statehood, artifacts will range from 400-million-year-old fossils to contemporary art. Visitors will see a helmet worn by a World War I soldier; a trunk brought by German immigrants in 1852; a core segment from Route 66; a piece of contemporary art created of cowhide; an Olney albino gray tree squirrel mount; and a portrait miniature done by an itinerant Illinois artist, among many other treasures. Visitors will explore, discover, learn, and share the history, prehistory, and natural history of Illinois through the featured objects and the fascinating stories behind them. 

Illinois State Fair

8/9/2018 - 8/19/2018, Daily: 7 am - Midnight
Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave Springfield, IL 62702

Enjoy 10 days of thrills and excitement at this family-friendly fair featuring world renowned concert artists, food, carnival rides, livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, contests, educational displays, free entertainment, harness racing, auto racing and much more.

The Illinois State Fair and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum are offering a two-for-one ticket allowing visitors to get into both Springfield attractions for half price!

The fair portion of the ticket can be used during this year’s state fair, Aug. 9-19. The museum portion is good through Dec. 31. Each combined ticket is $12 and can be purchased at the Emerson Building on the fairgrounds and at the museum in downtown Springfield during weekday business hours.

Walk and Talk: Bicentennial and Beyond!

8/10/2018 - 8/31/2018, Every Friday in August: 10 am & 2 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
Take a journey through 200 years of Illinois history on this curator-led gallery walk through "Bicentennial and Beyond: The Illinois Legacy Collection" exhibition. Free with museum admission. Appropriate for all ages and hands-on opportunities for children!

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