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Voices and Votes Smithsonian Exhibit Comes to Jacksonville
Saturday, November 27, 2021

The NEW Jacksonville Area Museum in downtown Jacksonville, Illinois is proud to welcome an exhibit from the Smithsonian thru December 22.

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Celebrate Christmas Where Lincoln Walked
Saturday, November 27, 2021

Starting November 27 thru December 22, 2021, the Old Capitol Holiday Walks will be every Wednesday from 4 pm - 7 pm, and Saturdays 10 am - 7 pm. Downtown Springfield Inc. presents a variety of special events each weekend throughout the holiday season.

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‘Filled to the Brim’ Video Series Highlights Local History
Monday, November 1, 2021

This new video series highlights historic sites and attractions within the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. Each three- minute episode is told by local voices, and highlights a unique location in a nearby community.

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Upcoming Events

Preserving the Mount Pulaski Courthouse
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 7:00 PM

The Mount Pulaski Courthouse is one of only two remaining courthouses where Abraham Lincoln practiced law on the 8th Judicial Circuit. The courthouse located in the center of the town square in downtown Mt. Pulaski and a vital part of the community.

Tom Martin and Jamie Jones will share how a group of volunteers came together to help support, sustain, and preserve the Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site. Tom Martin is the former chairman of the Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation and was instrumental in the establishment of Looking for Lincoln and the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. Jamie Jones is the current chairman of the Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation.

This program will livestream on Looking for Lincoln's Facebook page and YouTube Channel. https://www.facebook.com/LookingforLincoln, or https://www.youtube.com/user/LookingforLincoln

The event is FREE. Please do not click on any links that take you to pay page. Our free Facebook events will never ask you for a credit card. If you have trouble finding the event, check the main news feed on the page, and do not click on links in the comments.

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Abraham Lincoln Fathers a City
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 7:00 PM

In this conversation, Lincoln College professor Ron Keller traces the unique Abraham Lincoln heritage of Lincoln, Illinois, the only city named for (and christened by) Abraham Lincoln before he was president. From Lincoln’s days in as a circuit-riding lawyer in nearby Postville in the 1830s, to his visits to Lincoln as a trial attorney and rising politician, some of the people Lincoln met and places Lincoln went to in the city will be examined.  We will even explore how a plot to steal Lincoln’s body after his death has a Lincoln, Illinois connection. 

Ron Keller is the Associate Professor of History and Political Science at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois.

This program will livestream on Looking for Lincoln's Facebook page and YouTube Channel. The event is FREE. Please do not click on any links that take you to pay page. Our free Facebook events will never ask you for a credit card. If you have trouble finding the event, check the main news feed on the page, and do not click on links in the comments.

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Regional Highlight

The Living Lincoln Topiary Monument is a 15 ft high & 8 ft wide bust of our 16th President. The president’s beard consist of real living flowering plants and greenery, making it the only sculpture of its kind in the world. It’s a giant Chia Pet of Lincoln! The monument was designed as the centerpiece of Unforgettable Forgottonia‘s Looking For Lincoln Self-Guided Tour, about Lincoln‘s connections to Macomb and McDonough County.

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