History Comes Alive

June 6 - August 15, 2020

Where can you go to see Abraham Lincoln deliver his famous "Farewell Address" and join him and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, at an ice cream social at a beautiful Italianate mansion?
Or, imagine learning about amazing women scientists while you build your own telescope. What if your history lesson included a reenactment from WWII with a veteran at a military museum?

This summer Visit Springfield Illinois and take a road trip back in time as we present our 11th season of History Comes Alive. We're proving history can entertain and educate children and adults of all ages. With Lincoln as our lead for the 1850s, we'll also explore modern history as the Illinois State Military Museum and Springfield and Central Illinois African American Museum join a stellar cast from historic attractions across the city.

From costumed performers singing Lincoln favorites (and possibly serenading a special guest from the audience) to Mary Lincoln discussing fashion from the 19th Century at the new Illinois State Museum exhibit, it's a trip back in time you won't want to miss.

We are working with Abe & Mary to put the finishing touch on the 2020 schedule. Click Here for a sneak peek at the fun activities you can do during History Comes Alive!
The FINAL schedule will be up on March 9th, 2020.

Make plans now for your visit to Always Legendary Springfield, filled with unique experiences that will create lasting memories for years to come.

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