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  • Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-4 p.m.

    Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum

    1440 Monument Ave., Springfield North Side

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    This exhibit tells the story of Illinois' long fight for freedom from slavery. It is on loan from the National Park Service. 217-391-6323
  • Tue., June 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

    212 N. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown

    Honor Juneteenth with ANNETTE GORDON-REED, a MacArthur Genius and the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize for History. Her book, On Juneteenth, is a powerful, essential work that weaves together America’s past with personal memoir. She first rose to prominence when she pushed for Black people’s versions of history to be taken seriously—no matter how inconvenient. Today, she draws on her book to show how we can learn from the past and keep striving for progress together.This event is a collaboration between Springfield’s 30th Annual Juneteenth Celebration, the UIS Center for Lincoln Studies, and the ALPLM… 217-558-8844
  • Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through June 30

    C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum

    219 E. Woodlawn St., Clinton Central Illinois

    Adults $10; ages 6-18 $5, ages 5 and under are free

    The numerous quilts exhibited throughout a fully furnished Victorian mansion will include select examples from the museum collection as well as antique, vintage and contemporary pieces on loan from private collections and quilters. The quilts can be viewed during regular museum and gift shop hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-5pm and 1pm-5pm on Sundays. Admission includes a house tour, quilt show, carriage barn, farm museum, covered bridge, gardens and grounds. To arrange a large group tour, please contact the museum in advance. 217-935-6066
  • Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1 & 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21

    Edwards Place, Springfield Art Association

    700 N. Fourth St., Springfield Springfield Area

    Adults $5, children 10 and younger free

    A guided tour through the newly-restored first and second floors. The home is interpreted to 1857 and furnished with wonderful examples of Victorian furniture, including many pieces that belonged to the Edwards family. See the authentic "Lincoln Courting Couch" from the parlor of the Ninian Edwards home where Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married and a piano that was likely played at their wedding. Closed on national holidays 217-523-2631
  • Wed., June 19, 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

    212 N. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown

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    Juneteenth marks a historic moment for freedom in America. To celebrate, the ALPLM presents “The Nature of Freedom: A Literary Commemoration of Juneteenth,” which draws from the works of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou and more to discuss freedom’s meaning and price. This is a readers theater production in which the actors present the script without costumes or scenery. They use only their voices to share these powerful ideas. The play is directed by ALPLM actor Reggie Guyton.The evening performance on Wednesday, June 19 will include Small Beginnings, followed by The Nature of Freedom… 217-558-8844
  • Wed., June 19 and Tue., June 25

    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

    212 N. Sixth St., Springfield Downtown

    Museum admission

    1:30pm. This one-act play tells the remarkable story of Robert Smalls, a man who led an group of enslaved people to freedom by way of a bold riverboat escape plan through Confederate waters in 1862. Starring Reggie Guyton with Randy Erwin providing live music. 217-558-8844
  • Wednesdays, Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Continues through Nov. 9

    Fifth & Adams street

    Intersection of 5th & Adams, Springfield Downtown

    Donations welcome

    This 60-minute tour examines the devastating 1908 Race Riot that destroyed and affected the lives of many of Abraham Lincoln’s African American friends and their descendants. Good walking shoes and water recommended. 217-782-6302
  • Thursdays, 1:30-3 p.m. Continues through June 27

    First Presbyterian Church

    321 S. Seventh St., Springfield Downtown

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    See the beautiful sanctuary that houses seven Tiffany windows and the pew that Abe and Mary Lincoln used during their time at the church. 217-528-4311
  • Thu., June 20, 1-2 p.m.

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    community engagement, Springfield Springfield Area

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    Abraham Lincoln’s skill at effective, poetic prose is indisputable. And scholars know this because of the mountain of ink on paper he produced in his lifetime. Collecting, transcribing, and tying together every available piece of Lincoln’s writing is the charge of the ALPLM’s Papers of Abraham Lincoln project. Dr. Daniel Worthington, PAL’s director, reveals the precise and steady work of this nationally significant effort to catalog Lincoln’s life and make it accessible for the world to analyze and learn from.
  • Thursdays, 1 p.m. Continues through Nov. 9

    Dana-Thomas House

    301 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield Springfield Area

    Donations welcome

    Ride your own bicycle following a guide on an casual, neighborhood-style bicycle tour of historic sites, including the Black Fire House, Dana-Thomas House, Lincoln Home, Old State Capitol, Lincoln Tomb, and others. Helmets are required. 217-782-6302
  • Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 9

    Lincoln's Tomb State Historic Site

    1500 Monument Ave., Springfield North Side

    Donations welcome

    This 90-minute hike through Oak Ridge Cemetery visits the graves of Abraham Lincoln's friends, neighbors and political associates. Guides will discuss their lives and highlight their interactions with the 16th president. Comfortable shoes and water recommended. 217-782-6302
  • Fri., June 21, 12 p.m.

    Lincoln Home National Historic Site

    413 S. Eighth St., Springfield Downtown

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    Chef Michael Higgins and Kaitlin Pottier will discuss how Maldaner's served as the caterer at some of Susan's parties. 217-786-4918
  • Sat., June 22, 9:30 a.m., Wed., June 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Sat., June 29, 9-10:30 a.m.

    Lincoln Library

    326 S. Seventh St., Springfield Downtown

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    A 2.5-mile walking tour of historic LGBT+ sites in downtown Springfield led by Caroline Kionka and the library's Sangamon Valley Collection. Registration required. Bring comfortable shoes and water. Questions encouraged. Meet by Lincoln Statue on Capitol Avenue. 217-753-4900, x5634
  • Saturdays, 2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 9

    Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site

    1500 Monument Ave., Springfield North Side

    Donations welcome

    This 90-minute walk through Oak Ridge Cemetery focuses on the history of Springfield’s African American community, discussing great tragedies, as well as stories of success in the face of adversity and prejudice. Water and good hiking shoes recommended. 217-782-6302
  • Fri., June 28, 12 p.m.

    Lincoln Home National Historic Site

    413 S. Eighth St., Springfield Downtown

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    Presentation by chef Richard Long, who was executive chef at Baur's for many years. 217-786-2200
  • Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum

    1440 Monument Ave., Springfield North Side

    Free

    Open during regular museum hours. The exhibit demonstrates why we keep bringing up something so horrible as a race riot and why we have not gotten over it. It clarifies what happened and why, and it seeks understanding of how 1908 speaks to today, expose our tradition of violence and to reaffirm our commitment to justice and equality. spiaahm.org. Donations accepted. 217-391-6323
  • Fri., July 5, 12 p.m.

    Lincoln Home National Historic Site

    413 S. Eighth St., Springfield Downtown

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    Chef Stephanie Warren, LLCC adjunct culinary instructor, will discuss these sweet treats. 217-786-2200
  • Fri., July 12, 12 p.m.

    Lincoln Home National Historic Site

    413 S. Eighth St., Springfield Downtown

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    Former Charlie Parker's owner Mike Murphy will demonstrate his award-winning English muffin horseshoe. 217-786-2200
  • Sat., July 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Illinois State Military Museum

    1301 N. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield Springfield Area

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    Learn about the troops' experiences and the equipment they carried during the Vietnam and Indo China conflicts. Presented by the Living History Detachment. 217-761-3910
  • Wed., July 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    The Gin Mill

    235 S. 5th St., Springfield Downtown

    Free

    "The most important man you've probably never heard of." Jeff Nevins of the ALPLM will share the story of Shuji Nakamura, whose blue LED enabled the creation of everything from LED TVs to the smart phone. Because of his dogged determination our world will never be the same. Presented by the ISM and the ALPLM. 217-558-8844
  • Fri., July 19, 12 p.m.

    Lincoln Home National Historic Site

    413 S. Eighth St., Springfield Downtown

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    Chef Augie Mrozowski will prepare a classic Springfield horseshoe. Mrozowski father is credited with being one of the originators of the horseshoe at the Leland Hotel. 217-786-2200
  • Third Sunday of every month, 2-4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 15

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    The Edgar Lee Masters Memorial Museum is hosting its Masters’ Back Porch Chautauqua series. On the 3rd Sunday of each month, May through September, experts will lecture on topics of local interest in literature, art, and history followed by original performances by area songwriters. The series will be held from 2-4 p.m. at 1st & 3rd Boutique & Wine Bar, 105 S 7th St, Petersburg, IL. The Masters’ Memorial Museum, at the corner of 8th & Jackson, within walking distance of the venue, will be open for tours the hour preceding the event. The event is free to the… n/a
  • Fri., July 26, 12 p.m.

    Lincoln Home National Historic Site

    413 S. Eighth St., Springfield Downtown

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    Demetria Clay will discuss a Springfield tradition since 1961. Chef Marcus Holmes will demonstrate a favorite. 217-786-2200
  • Fri., Aug. 2, 12 p.m.

    Lincoln Home National Historic Site

    413 S. Eighth St., Springfield Downtown

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    Chad Larson will share the history of this iconic Springfield establishment. Includes opportunity to decorate doughnuts. 217-786-2200
  • Sat., Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Woodlawn Farm

    1463 Geirke Lane, Jacksonville Jacksonville

    Adults $5, children $3

    Artisan demonstrations of 1800s homestead industries, wagon rides, farm animals and activities for children to experience some of the games and work performed in that period. Concessions will be available. 309-678-7716
  • Oct. 4-5

    Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

    15588 History Lane, Petersburg Central Illinois

    A wonderful opportunity to experience village life at night. Period-clothed interpreters will be inside many of the log homes and shops to talk about life in 19th century Illinois. 217-632-4000