History Comes Alive

Step into 19th century America when History Comes Alive this summer in Springfield. Visit our historic sites and interact with 19th century characters or enjoy period music. You might even meet Mr. Lincoln himself!


When is History Comes Alive?

The 2017 History Comes Alive season begins Wednesday June 7 with free activities for the entire family Tuesdays – Sunday through August 13. For a complete listing visit our History Comes Alive Schedule.


What is History Comes Alive?

Many sites and attractions in historic Springfield will be brimming with free live performances and fun activities that will transport you and your family back in time – to the Springfield Abraham Lincoln knew and loved. From storytelling and interaction with costumed interpreters to visits with Mr. Lincoln, himself, this is a trip to the past you won't want to miss! History Comes Alive will run through August.

  • Hear Civil War period music from the Lincoln Troubadours
  • Witness a moving flag lowering ceremony at the Lincoln Tomb
  • Hear "Music Lincoln Loved" weekly at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon
  • Interact with 19th century characters at sites like the Lincoln Home, Old State Capitol and Lincoln Depot
  • Meet Mr. Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln!
  • See demonstrations about life in 19th century Springfield
  • And much more!

Scenes from History Comes Alive