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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. 


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!



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. 



One Destiny

10/17/2018 - 11/2/2018, 1:30 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Musuem, 212 N 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701

The play by Richard Hellesen is set on the stage of Ford’s Theatre in the days following the assassination of President Lincoln in April 1865.  Harry Hawk, the actor who was onstage when the assassination occurred and Harry Ford, one of the theatre managers, revisit the events of that fateful night.  Performances are 40 minutes. Tickets are distributed at Union Theater two hours prior to showtime.   

Multiple dates:

October 17, October 24, October 26

November 1 and November 2.



Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

10/19/2018 - 10/20/2018, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave Springfield, IL 62704
More than 2,000 illuminated hand-carved jack-o-lanterns are displayed around the Carillon and the Washington Park Botanical Garden - showcasing carving talents of area residents, artists and District 186 students.  The event features special Carillon music, lighting, sound effects, a unique Tree of Lights and food vendors. 


Edwards Place Murder Mystery Dinner

10/19/2018 - 10/20/2018, 6:30 pm
Edwards Place, 700 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
The Halloween meeting of the Midwest Monsters Club goes horribly wrong when its president is murdered. Who committed the crime? Only you can find out!!


This fall's murder mystery is written by Karen Nickerson and Mark Beanblossom and directed by Ashley Stutzman. The meal will be catered by Nelson's.


Edwards Place Murder Mystery Dinner

10/19/2018 - 10/20/2018, 6:30 pm
Edwards Place, 700 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
The Halloween meeting of the Midwest Monsters Club goes horribly wrong when its president is murdered. Who committed the crime? Only you can find out!!

This fall's murder mystery is written by Karen Nickerson and Mark Beanblossom and directed by Ashley Stutzman. The meal will be catered by Nelson's.


Bonnie & Clyde

10/19/2018 - 10/21/2018, Friday & Saturday: 8 pm; Sunday: 2 pm
Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. 6th St Springfield, IL 62701

Presented by STC, "Bonnie & Clyde" follows Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who at the height of the Great Depression, went from two small-town nobodies to America's most renowned folk heroes and Texas law enforcement's worst nightmares.

Fearless, shameless and alluring, the Tony-nominated "Bonnie & Clyde," from the legendary Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Civil War, Dracula) is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country. The show is rated PG-13 due to violence and mild language. Strobe lights will also be used in this production.



Big Time Fun Exhibit Opening

10/20/2018, 10 am
Kidzeum, 413 E. Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701
Come laugh and play with oversized fun at Kidzeum of Health and Science! Play giant checkers, sit in a crazy spinning chair, and much more!


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