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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

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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New Philadelphia Illinois
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:00 PM

The great-great-grandson of Frank McWorter and his wife will present a lively account full of images of how New Philadelphia came to be in 1836, how Lincoln entered the story, and what happened next. Frank was the first Black man in the U.S. to plat and register a town.

Townspeople fought for slavery in seven ways and much is known about each one of the seven. The story continues into the 21st century, with local history activists, living descendants, and professional archaeologists unearthing more details about life in 19th century New Philadelphia.

Gerald McWorter (Abdul Alkalimat) is a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois. He has researched, taught and lectured about African American history and culture around the world, only to find himself writing about his own family late in life. Kate Williams-McWorter is an associate professor at the University of Illinois who educates future librarians.

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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Abraham Lincoln and Self-Improvement
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 7:00 PM

Abraham Lincoln’s story is one of the most remarkable in American history. Born in a frontier cabin, he eventually reached the highest office in the nation. Lincoln’s path was not always straight, but his life presents an inspiring and tragic story of determination and willingness to learn. Join Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Lincoln Historian Christian McWhirter for a discussion of what lessons we can learn from Lincoln’s life.

Dr. Christian McWhirter is the Lincoln Historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum and author of Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War. His writings on Lincoln, popular music, and the Civil War have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, and Civil War Monitor. His most recent publication is a Washington Post article on the Civil War background of two Christmas songs.

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

On July 29, 1858, Senator Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln met in the home of Francis Bryant, a friend of Stephen Douglas to discuss a plan for the now famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates. The meeting resulted in seven debates around the state of Illinois including: Ottawa, Freeport, Jonesboro, Charleston, Galesburg, Quincy and Alton. You can visit Bryant Cottage in the town of Bement, Illinois and walk in Lincoln's footsteps.

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