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Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry

3/24/2017 - 12/31/2017, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Visitors will see rare artifacts and photographs. They’ll learn about legendary players like Mordecai Brown and Rogers Hornsby and newer stars like Jake Arrieta and Yadier Molina. They’ll also be able to interact with the exhibit by sharing their own Cards-Cubs memories, answering trivia questions and playing a home run derby as their favorite team. “The Rivalry” was developed in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, an unprecedented partnership from all three organizations for an exhibit of this type. 

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Michiko Itatani: Celestial Visions

4/20/2017 - 6/5/2017, Monday-Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday Noon to 4:30 pm

Michiko Itatani is one of Chicago's most well-respected contemporary artists. This exhibition features new acquisitions of drawings and prints alongside installation-based and heroically scaled figurative paintings from the Museum’s Fine Art Collection. Exhibition will be on display at the Illinois State Museum through June 5, 2017. For more information contact Robert Sill at or 217-524-5744.

Museum Admission: Adults ages 19-64: $5. Members, youth, seniors, military, veterans: Free


Concert at the Carillon

5/3/2017 - 9/27/2017, Every Wednesday: 6:30 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.

Boston - LIVE at PCCC

5/23/2017, 8 pm
An American rock band from that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s

Abe's River Race

5/27/2017, 8 am - 3 pm
Abe's River Race is a timed race for competitive paddlers or a more leisurely paddle for non-competitors.  Many racing divisions for men, women and youth -- all with cool prizes and some cash available too!  All paddlers will have the opportunity to explore approximately 13.5 miles of the lower Sangamon River as it flows north from Sangamon County past Lincoln's New Salem Historic Site to Petersburg, IL!   We encourage you all to dress your boat, dress your paddle, and, of course, dress yourself.  Get your Abe on!

A Spirited Stroll: Tree Tour & Ice Cream Social

5/27/2017, 1 pm - 4 pm

A historical tree tour through Oak Ridge Cemetery. Keynote Speaker Maj. Gen. Michael Zerbonia. Enjoy ice cream, shortcake, strawberries and lemonade as well as live music by the Muni Band and Wildwood Strings. 

AMA All Star TT & Springfield Mile Motorcycle Races

5/27/2017 - 5/28/2017, Sa: 7 pm; Su: 1pm
Enjoy fast-paced action and non-stop thrills of national level motorcycle racing at the Multi Purpose Arena and on the fastest mile dirt track.
Gates Open: Sa: 4 pm; Su: 9 am
Races Start: Sa: 7 pm; Su: 1 pm

Legacy of Giving Music Festival

6/2/2017 - 6/3/2017, F. - 5 pm to Midnight; Sa. - Noon - Midnight
The successor to SOHO, Legacy of Giving Music Festival will feature 5 stages, 60 bands, a Family Fun area, and much more!! This is a great weekend to visit Springfield!! Bring the kids, bring the dogs! A great weekend outdoors while enjoying music and entertainment! All proceeds go to charity. 

Civil War Tech: Trench Warfare

6/3/2017, 10 am - 11 am
Civil War soldiers began using trenches to help them avoid increasing attacks from small arms and cannon fire. Discover how trenches were used during the 292-day battle at Petersburg, VA. How would you have used trenches in battle? Registration recommended. Ages 8-12. Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum thanks to generous support from AT&T. 

Civil War Tech - Trench Warfare

6/3/2017, 10 am

Trench Warfare - Civil War soldiers began using trenches to avoid attacks from small arms and cannon fire. Discover how trenches were used during the 292-day battle at Petersburg, Virginia.

Civil War Tech invites children ages 8-12 to merge science and history through experiments, artifacts, games, presentations from scientists and scholars, and ALPLM exhibits. Students will be inspired to think critically about the impact Civil War technology had on our nation’s greatest conflict as well as how it affects us today. 

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