Porch Talks presented by Illinois Dept of Natural Resources | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

May 31, 2024 - November 9, 2024
Various Times

Lincoln Tomb
1500 Monument Ave Springfield, IL 62703


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The Lincoln Tomb was formally dedicated on October 15, 1874, 150-years ago. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will present “Porch Talks” on the grounds of the Residence at the Lincoln Tomb providing 20-minute programs about lesser-known facts surrounding the monument.


Restoration of the Lincoln Tomb: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • 150 years ago, the Tomb of Abraham Lincoln was completed, and the public came to pay their respects. Discover how the monument has stood the test of time, how it has evolved, been preserved, and continues to stand for the perpetual union of America. In this 20-minute program, learn about its construction, reassembly, interior redesign, and today’s restoration work.

Where’s Robert? Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

  • All the Lincoln family is buried at the Lincoln Tomb, except for Robert Todd Lincoln, the Lincoln's oldest son. Join us in this 20-minute program to find out why that is, and learn more about Robert's accomplishments, and his final resting place.

Lincoln Across Borders: Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Fridays at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m

  • Springfield, Illinois is best known for Lincoln history, but Lincoln’s legacy reaches across international borders. Discover how his beliefs in freedom and equality continue to be heard around the world, even today. Join us for a 30-minute conversation and enlightening stories about one of America's most cherished leaders, reaching across borders to ignite audiences worldwide. Meet at the Caretaker’s Residence at the Lincoln Tomb. 

The Dear Rascals: Fridays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • The Lincoln' sons developed quite the reputation in Springfield for their antics and high jinks, often encouraged by their ever-indulgent father, Abraham Lincoln. Mary and Abraham Lincoln fostered an environment that allowed their children free will. The Lincolns did not believe in strict punishment, to the bemusement, and sometimes, annoyance of their friends and neighbors. Abraham and Mary's childhood shaped the parents they ultimately became.  Join us at the Lincoln Tomb for a discussion about the Lincoln boys, Robert, Eddie, Willie, and Tad, to learn more about the Lincolns as parents and the children they loved.

Lincoln & Grant: Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • During the Lincoln Tomb’s dedication 150 years ago this year, President Ulysses S. Grant gave a short speech.  It was certainly appropriate, as the two men had much in common, each having risen from humble origins on the frontier to be the nation’s leader. The relationship between the two men also played a key role in guiding the country through its greatest crisis. Join us for this 30-minute conversation on the porch of the Lincoln Tomb Caretaker’s Residence.