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  • Sat., Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

    Books on the Square Springfield

    427 E. Washington St., Springfield Downtown

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    Author and reenactor Stan Buckles will speak about his new book detailing the Civil War history of the famous Illinois 114th Regiment. The book, Not afraid to go any whare, 1862-1865: A history of the 114th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, focuses on the people of central Illinois who quickly signed up to fight for the Union following President Lincoln’s call for troops after the bombardment of Fort Sumter by the Confederacy. Copies of the book, limited to a printing of 200 copies, will be available for purchase and signing by the author. 217-965-5443
  • Mon., Jan. 20

    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

    212 N. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown

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    Lincoln Presidential Library to honor MLK’s memory with a day of activities. Nonprofit organizations can get free admission Jan. 20 SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on Monday, Jan. 20, by presenting his most famous speech and offering free admission to community groups that work to better the lives of others. The presidential library will also host a blood drive on the holiday that is often called a “national day of service.” The highlight of the day is actor Reggie Guyton reading King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. He… 217-558-8939
  • Tue., Jan. 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Lincoln Library

    326 S. Seventh St., Springfield Downtown

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    Four well-known local authors will share behind-the-scene surprises and discuss some of the unusual, humorous and perhaps scandalous historic facts and myth busters they've discovered as they delved into old records and dusty photos or conducted face-to-face interviews. Speakers are Mike Kienzler, Taylor Pensoneau, Cinda Ackerman Klickna and Tara McClellan McAndrews. Sponsored by the Sangamon County Historical Society. 217-652-1988
  • Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. & 1-2 p.m. Continues through March 11

    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

    212 N. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown

    Included with museum admission. Sign up in person the day of the tour.

    Our newest guided tour will take guests through the Museum to learn more about Mary Lincoln’s life before, during and after Abraham Lincoln. Twice each Wednesday from January 8 through March 11, our interpreters will lead you in a discussion of Mary’s crucial contributions to Lincoln’s political career and her influence during the White House years. You’ll also learn about the losses she had to endure throughout her life and how those losses contributed to Mary’s behavior – especially in her later years. Was she insane? The answer, much like Mary, is complicated. 217-588-8844
  • Sat., Jan. 25, 10 a.m.

    Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association

    700 N. Fourth St., Springfield Springfield Area

    Have you ever wanted to volunteer at historic Edwards Place, but weren’t quite sure how to get started? Or have you volunteered before but want a refresher after our restoration of the home? This training is from 10am-12pm for new tour guides, and will cover the basics of Edwards Place for those wishing to help with our events and programs. Special events tour guides will be asked to help with programs such as the summer “History Comes Alive” programs, Victorian teas, and other events. Regular tour guides will be asked to commit to a schedule of at least once… 217-523-2631
  • Thu., Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m.

    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

    112 N. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown

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    Free; Reservations Required

    Prominent abolitionist Frederick Douglas gave a series of speeches in Illinois in the aftermath of President Lincoln’s assassination that ask timely questions about the direction the Nation will take into the Reconstruction Period. Many of those questions remain relevant decades later in a compelling presentation and discussion with historical reenactor Bob Davis. Noted historical reenactor Bob Davis brings to life the words and ideas of prominent abolitionist Frederick Douglas in the aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination as we celebrate Black History Month. Reservations Required at https://alplmfoundation.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=1164213 2175888844
  • Sat., Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Jacksonville Community Park

    1201 S. Main, Jacksonville Out-of-town

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    Master of Ceremony Justin Carter from WICS-TV, music provided by Debbie Ross, accompanied by Mark Gifford. Lunch served at 11am. Donations for luncheon welcome. 217-370-0948
  • Thu., Feb. 13, 12 p.m.

    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

    112 N. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown

    Free

    Join ALPLM manuscripts curator Christopher Schnell to explore and discuss changing attitudes about love, romance, dating, and relationships using textual material from the 19th and 20th centuries. The audience will be invited to view up close rare items from library collections such as saucy poetry and love letters from the 1850s, diary entries of lonely Civil War-era singles, machine-made Victorian Valentine’s Day cards, and vinegar Valentine’s from the roaring ‘20s. You’ll get an up close view of rare items such as 1850’s love letters and diary entries from lonely Civil War-era singles from the Library’s collections. 2175888844
  • Wed., Feb. 19, 12-1 p.m.

    Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center

    1011 E. Ash St., Springfield Springfield Area

    Free

    What would you write from a war? “A Lifeline of Letters” is a chapter title from Mark Flotow’s new book, In Their Letters, In Their Words: Illinois Civil War Soldiers Write Home. Flotow will discuss some basics about Civil War era correspondence, why soldiers’ letters were important then, and why they are important 155 years later. Using the lens of personal correspondence, this talk will focus more on the social history of the war than on the political and military history. Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. 217-558-6696
  • Thu., April 2, 6:30 p.m.

    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

    212 N. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown

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    Free; Reservations Required

    There was only one thing luring American war planners to invade the tiny island of Iwo Jima in February 1945. The island of black volcanic sand was little more than a dot in the midst of the vast Pacific Ocean, but it was only 763 miles from Tokyo, and thus was an ideal spot to land crippled B-29s returning from the Japanese mainland on their way to Tinian Island. Iwo Jima was also a suitable staging area for the next step – Okinawa, a sliver of land only 400 miles south of Japan’s main islands. 2175888844