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McClean Museum to dedicate new Lincoln Funeral Train Marker
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Commemorating the 157th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination, The McLean County Museum of History will dedicate a new “Looking for Lincoln” historical marker near the site of the old Bloomington Train Depot of the Chicago & Alton railroad.

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Foundation Relaunches and Rebrands as the Lincoln Presidental Foundation
Thursday, March 10, 2022

A nonprofit dedicated to the life, legacy and leadership of Abraham Lincoln takes on new national role

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Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon, April 2, 2022
Tuesday, February 8, 2022

It's less than two months until the unique Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon in President Lincoln's home town, on April 2, 2022, 7:30 am.

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Upcoming Events

Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment
Saturday, June 4, 2022 9:00 AM

You’ll have a front row seat as Civil War battles rage all weekend long. The armies of both the Union and the Confederacy will battle it out throughout this 480-acre site along the shores of lovely Lake Pittsfield. Explore the encampments surround the battlefield for a rare glimpse into the life of the soldiers, officers, doctors and others who served on the front lines of the War Between the States. Watch as the Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery conduct their practice drills. Save your seat for the ladies’ tea and fashion show, take part in a variety of children’s games and crafts, or join other worshipers as part of a Sunday morning period church service.

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Pros and Cons: Lincoln's Quincy Pals
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 7:00 PM

Abraham Lincoln’s personal and professional friendships stretched across the 230-mile midsection of Illinois and the Looking for Lincoln National Heritage Area. From Vermilion County on the east to Adams on the west, none was richer or more rewarding than the phalanx of Lincoln friends in Quincy. They were men—and women—who loved Lincoln, promoted his candidacies and challenged his politics, suffered with him when death claimed two of his boys, who published his poetry, served with him in an Indian war, fought with him in courtrooms, sought to help him fend off a Civil War, and counseled him in its conduct. Reg Ankrom, who every day walks the same streets Lincoln walked when he visited Quincy in 1854 and 1858, will revisit some of them in the presentation, “Pros and Cons: Lincoln’s Quincy Pals.”

Reg Ankrom's interest in Abraham Lincoln led him to Stephen A. Douglas. And Reg is now working on the final volume of his three-volume biography of Douglas. Numerous books, journals, magazines, and newspapers have published more than a hundred of Reg’s works in historical literature. He speaks frequently on Douglas and Lincoln and antebellum American history.

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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Walking in Lincoln's Footsteps Vermilion County
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 7:00 PM

Abraham Lincoln spent the autumn and spring traveling throughout Vermilion County while riding the 8th Judicial Circuit. Come and explore some of the sites he visited and meet some of the individuals he met and worked with as he traveled the eastern prairie.

Sue Richter is the Executive Director of the Vermilion County Museum in Danville, 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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