History Comes Alive


POSTPONED until June 2021

Visit Springfield has closely monitored the COVID-19 Pandemic, coordinating multiple scenarios of our summer History Comes Alive season, doing our best to create another summer of fantastic entertainment, all while making sure the health and safety of our visitors, team members and volunteers remain our top priority.

On May 5, 2020, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker released his Restore Illinois program, a public health approach to safely reopen Illinois. Restore Illinois sets the reopening of the state into five phases. You can find the details of the program here. Based on the timelines associated with the five phases of reopening, along with our focus on health and safety, we have decided to cancel the 2020 season. We know you are disappointed and so are we. History Comes Alive is a summer tradition in Springfield and we knew we had a winner for 2020! Good news is we expect Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln to still make surprise appearances around the capital city this summer/fall so follow the Visit Springfield social media channels for updates.

As our country begins to reopen and we dream of travel, Visit Springfield is preparing for your arrival, taking steps to assure the safety of our visitors. And now more than ever, Springfield is the perfect getaway. From our new Explorer Passport featuring Abe’s Hat Hunt and the Route 66 Living Legends to walking tours and hikes in wide open spaces, Springfield is a short distance to your next escape. When the time is right, we will be here waiting for you.



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