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Concert at the Carillon

10/1/2017 - 4/29/2018, Every Sunday: 2 pm & 4 pm
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

Concert at the Carillon

10/4/2017 - 4/25/2018, Every Wednesday: Noon
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

IL Bicentennial Speaker Series

2/18/2018 - 10/21/2018, 2 pm

A special Bicentennial series of programs, “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans,” will begin on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, and continue on the third Sunday of every month through October 2018. The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) at Lincoln Land Community College in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar speakers offered by Illinois Humanities. Reservations are not required.

February 18: “Two Centuries to Celebrate: Illinois at the Bicentennial,”  Dr. Samuel Wheeler
March 18: “This Land Was Your Land: Native Americans, Globalization and Treaties,” Dr. Michael Wiant
April 15: “Becoming A State: The Illinois Way,”  Tara McClellan McAndrew
May 20: “Binding Our State Together: Canals, Railroads, Postal Services and Roads,” Dr. Norman Moline
June 17: “Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle For Freedom,” Jeanne Schulz Angel
July 15: “Building Illinois: Entrepreneurialism Flourishes, Workers Rise,” Mike Matejka
August 19: “Farming in the Great Corn Belt: 200 Years of Challenges, Choices & Changes,” Don Meyer
September 16: “Illinois in Art & Literature, 1818 to 2017,” Laura Mueller
October 21: “From Prairie to Farm to City: Music To Commemorate Illinois’s Bicentennial,” Phil Passen

Unsung Heroes

3/2/2018 - 6/3/2018, M - Sa: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Su: Noon - 4:30 pm

Unsung Heroes 

March 2, 2018 to June 3, 2018


Anna Heistad.  Minnie Vautrin. Thomas Jones. Three ordinary people who did extraordinary things in service of their fellow man, and whom history has largely forgotten. This exhibition tells the stories of these “unsung heroes” .

Anna Heistad was a nurse and settlement worker in early 19th century Chicago who rose before dawn during the Spanish flu pandemic to work with the ill. Minnie Vautrin was a missionary worker in China who sheltered thousands of women and children during the Rape of Nanking.  Thomas Jones was a Navy medic who tended to his comrades’ wounds in the heat of battle. All three saved countless lives, and none of them did it for any kind of reward or glory.

The exhibit will document their fascinating stories of sacrifice and heroism through photographs and personal objects, many which have never been publicly displayed.

Stillness Exhibition

3/2/2018 - 6/3/2018, M -Sa: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Su: Noon - 4:30 pm
Stillness is an exhibition that celebrates the genre of still life as a reflection of our modern life. This exhibition brings together paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculpture created over the last 100 years from the Museum's permanent collection. The selected works draw from the significant movements and approaches to artmaking of the modern and contemporary periods. The artists have rendered their moments, real or imagined, in a variety of artistic approaches, from precise realism to gestural exuberance, all to singular effect. This tension between representation and abstraction—between holding on and letting go—is key, shuttling us between the unmoving, quiet moment and the energetic, often urgent measure of that experience.

Artists included: Macena Barton, Fred Becker, Fred Biesel, James Butler, Steven Carrelli, Elizabeth Colwell, Manierre Dawson, Michele Feder-Nadoff, Frances Foy, Gerald Frank, Susan Frankel, William Frederking, Minetta Good, Theodore Halkin, Nancy Hild, Ken Holder, Ben Mahmoud, Robert Middaugh, Jan Miller, Samuel Parker, Tom Petrillo, Carolyn Plochmann, Alejandro Romero, Frank Sadorus, Polly Scribner Ames, Flora Schofield, William Schwartz, Nicholas Sistler, Jeanette Pasin Sloan, Eric Wert, Albert Wong, Mary Agnes Yerkes

Murder Mystery Dinner by STC

3/16/2018 - 3/17/2018, 6:30 pm
STC presents their annual murder mystery dinner fundraiser. Enjoy a fun-filled evening and see if you can solve the case. Cash Bar Available. Tickets must be ordered by the Wednesday before the performance. Menu: Mixed Field Greens With Garden Vegetables and Cheddar Cheese, Grilled Breast of Chicken Served with Chimichurri Sauce, Tri-Color Cheese Tortellini Topped with Bruschetta Tomatoes and Artichokes, Herb Roasted Red Potatoes, Buttered Carrots, Artisan Style Rolls with Butter, Assorted NY Style Cheesecakes and Fruit Pies. PLEASE CALL (217) 523-2787 WHEN ORDERING YOUR TICKETS IF YOU HAVE ANY DIETARY RESTRICTIONS.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

3/16/2018 - 3/18/2018, F & Sa: 7 pm; Su: 2 pm
Presented by the Hoogland Education Department, the Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairy tale.

St. Patrick's Day Parade Run

3/17/2018, 9 am
2 mile run/walk to kick off the Parade and Irish festivities! First 317 registered will receive a commemorative pint glass! Packet Pickup on 3/16 from 3-5:30 pm at United Community Bank 3200 West Iles Springfield, IL (across the street from the Corner Pub) 
Race starts and finishes on Washington between 5th and 6th. Post race party at Alamo Downtown

St. Patrick's Day Parade

3/17/2018, Noon
Springfield goes green for the annual St. Patrick's Day Marching Band Parade. Hundreds of entries and millions of smiles will fill the streets of historic downtown.

We Were There: Women in the Civil War

3/18/2018, 1 pm - 3 pm
An event highlighting the numerous contributions of women during the Civil War era. Participate in family-friendly activities, meet trailblazing women of the past, and learn what every day life was like for women and girls of this time. Collect stamps along the way to earn a special souvenir. 


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