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  • Thu., Dec. 5, 2-3:30 p.m.

    Chatham Area Public Library

    600 E. Spruce, Chatham Chatham

    Free

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    Part of the Genealogy Webinar and Discussion Series. Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL will discuss how finding the women in our family can be challenging, but not impossible. 217-483-2713
  • Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Clayville

    Route 125, Pleasant Plains Out-of-town

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    Visit with Santa, listen to Christmas songs and have cocoa and cookies. 217-481-4430
  • Wed., Dec. 11, 6 p.m. and Thu., Dec. 12, 6 p.m.

    Lincoln Home National Historic Site

    413 S. Eighth St., Springfield Downtown

    217-391-3221
  • Thu., Dec. 12, 12 p.m.

    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

    112 N. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown

    Christian McWhirter will discuss what it was like to be a Civil War soldier. Letters, bullets and maps will be displayed. Free. 217-558-8844
  • Sat., Dec. 14, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

    Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association

    700 N. Fourth St., Springfield Springfield Area

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    Guests will learn about 19th century holiday traditions and practices will enjoying tea and desserts. Caroling, holiday stories to share and gifts to take home. $30 members, $35 non. 217-523-2631
  • Sat., Dec. 14, 4-10 p.m.

    Clayville

    Route 125, Pleasant Plains Out-of-town

    Tour the site and warm up in front of the massive stone fireplace. Free admission, but donations are welcome. 217-441-4430
  • Wed., Dec. 18, 12-1 p.m.

    Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center

    1011 E. Ash St., Springfield Springfield Area

    Free

    Christmas in America wasn't always Santa Claus and snowmen. Join Erika Holst to learn about oddball traditions from two centuries of Christmases past, including creepy cards, chocolate insects, skinny Santa and Krampas. 217-558-6696
  • Thu., Jan. 2, 12-1 p.m.

    Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center

    1011 E. Ash St., Springfield Springfield Area

    Free, donations accepted.

    Join Curator of History Erika Holst for a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the objects which will be featured in the Illinois State Museum's upcoming fashion exhibition. Fashioning Illinois, 1820-1900, opening in March, 2020, will explore the way women made, maintained, and wore clothing in nineteenth century Illinois. "Tales from the Vault" is a collaborative program hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Illinois State Museum, and Lincoln’s Home National Historic Site that allows the public to discover some of the treasures from these institutions' collections. Each program will include the chance to view an artifact or… 217-785-0037
  • Thu., Jan. 9, 12 p.m.

    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

    112 N. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown

    Free

    Sarah Watson takes you on a journey of the 43-county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. Targeted to a general audience interested in learning about historic and tourism opportunities in Illinois. 217-588-8844
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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