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From Illinois to the White House Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama

3/23/2018 - 12/31/2018, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Musuem, 212 N. 6th St. Springfield IL 62701
The exhibit will explore their connections to the Prairie State, their political battles, the first ladies who helped them succeed and much more. Visitors will see amazing documents and artifacts, including Ronald Reagan’s yearbook from his high school days in Dixon, the table where Ulysses S. Grant’s accepted Robert E. Lee’s surrender during the Civil War, an original draft of Barack Obama’s speech at the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march, and the briefcase Abraham Lincoln used as president. 

Old Capitol Farmers Market

5/16/2018 - 10/27/2018, Every Wednesday & Saturday: 8 am - 12:30 pm
Downtown Springfield, 411 E. Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701

The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield on Adams St. between 3rd & 5th Sts. At the market, you’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal baked goods and cheeses, flowers and more.

The market is just steps from the Old State Capitol historic site and you’ll find other sites like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home and Dana-Thomas House-a Frank Lloyd Wright Design nearby!

Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection

6/30/2018 - 2/3/2019, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
This major exhibition, in celebration of the State’s 200th birthday, features rare and rarely-seen artifacts from the Museum’s 13.5–million-object Illinois Legacy Collection to highlight the dynamic story of Illinois.
Bicentennial and Beyond! exhibits artifacts from a variety of disciplines, including art, anthropology, archaeology, botany, decorative arts, geology, and zoology, chosen for the unique stories they tell about Illinois. Reflecting the fact that the complete story of Illinois goes well beyond the 200 years since statehood, artifacts will range from 400-million-year-old fossils to contemporary art. Visitors will see a helmet worn by a World War I soldier; a trunk brought by German immigrants in 1852; a core segment from Route 66; a piece of contemporary art created of cowhide; an Olney albino gray tree squirrel mount; and a portrait miniature done by an itinerant Illinois artist, among many other treasures. Visitors will explore, discover, learn, and share the history, prehistory, and natural history of Illinois through the featured objects and the fascinating stories behind them. 

One Destiny

10/17/2018 - 11/2/2018, 1:30 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Musuem, 212 N 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701

The play by Richard Hellesen is set on the stage of Ford’s Theatre in the days following the assassination of President Lincoln in April 1865.  Harry Hawk, the actor who was onstage when the assassination occurred and Harry Ford, one of the theatre managers, revisit the events of that fateful night.  Performances are 40 minutes. Tickets are distributed at Union Theater two hours prior to showtime.   

Multiple dates:

October 17, October 24, October 26

November 1 and November 2.

Art Investigation - An Art of Illinois Family Tour

10/21/2018 - 1/20/2019, 2:30 pm
Illinois Governor's Mansion, 410 E. Jackson St, Springfield, IL 62701

Art of Illinois family tours will be scheduled on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Illinois Governor's Mansion. Family tours (approx. 45 min) are designed for families with children ages 3-12 to encourage children and adults to enjoy the exhibition. Reservations required 

October 21

November 18

December 16

January 20

Tales from the Vault: Hair Wreaths & Mourning Items

10/24/2018, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
ISM Research & Collections Center, 1011 E. Ash St. Springfield, IL 62703

In the 19th century, death was a part of life. People died from disease, lack of medical care, inadequate food supplies, poor sanitary conditions, farm accidents, fire, and war.  To cope with this intimate experience with death, a variety of mourning practices and artifacts emerged that allowed people to both express their grief and to memorialize their loved ones. This presentation will explore mourning artifacts from the ISM's collection along with the etiquette behind them.

"Tales from the Vault" is a collaborative program hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Museum which allows the public to discover some of the treasures from these institutions' collections. Each program will include the chance to view an artifact or document not normally on display, commentary by a staff member or local scholar, and a chance for group discussion. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. 

*The Collections Center’s new entrance gate is on Ash Street. The Ash Street entrance must be approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 ½ Streets.  


Disney Junior Dance Party! on Tour

10/25/2018, 6 pm
Sangamon Auditorium, One University Plaza, MS PAC 292 Springfield, IL 62703
Are you ready to DANCE?!? Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour is an ALL NEW interactive live concert experience. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more! Kids of all ages and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around!

Springfield Jr. Blues Hockey Game

10/25/2018 - 4/6/2019, Various Times
Nelson Center, 1601 S. 5th St. Springfield, IL 62702

This year the Springfield Jr. Blues are celebrating their 26th year as Springfield’s hockey team. Come out this season for a home game, meet some fans, enjoy the food, and cheer on the home team!

vs. Minnesota Magicians: October 25 - 27 (Special Events: Oct 26 Pink the Rink and Oct 27 Halloween with Abe Lincoln)

vs. Topeka Pilots: November 16 - 17

vs. Janesville Jets: November 23 - 24

vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs: December 14 - 15

vs. Minnesota Magicians: January 4 - 5

vs. Janesville Jets: January 25 - 26

vs. Kenai River Brown Bears: February 22 - 24

vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs: March 1 - 2

vs. Chippewa Steel: March 15 - 16 and March 29 - 30

vs. Janesville Jets: April 5 -6 

Rocky Horror Picture Show - Live!

10/25/2018 - 10/27/2018, Thursday: 8 pm; Friday & Saturday: 8 pm & 11:30 pm
Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701
The famous rock and roll musical about a "Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania" is live on stage. Survival kits will again be available for $6. Only the approved survival kit may be brought into the theatre. Kits will be sold one hour prior to showtime and will be available to the first 125 patrons. Kit includes all the necessary items to participate with the show including a wedding bell, newspaper, bubbles, a glow stick, lip siren whistle, champagne popper, playing cards, a rubber glove and dance instructions to The Time Warp.

Zoolie Ghoulie at the Zoo

10/26/2018 - 10/28/2018, Friday: 4 pm - 8 pm; Saturday -Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr Springfield, IL 62640
During Zoolie Ghoulie, the Zoo is transformed into a haunting Halloween haven, complete with these not too scary, family-friendly activities.  Safe trick or treating

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