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C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum Open
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum is now open for the 2021 Season! During the pandemic, much maintenance work took place, and the DeWitt County Museum Association continued to carry out its mission.

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Champaign Co History Museum Reopening May 8
Monday, May 3, 2021

The Champaign County History Museum is happy to announce that they will be reopening on Saturday, May 8. They will be limiting admissions to a maximum of six at any given time, and everyone must wear a mask.

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Free Museum Admission
Friday, April 30, 2021

Those with vaccination card can get free admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

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Upcoming Events

Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment
Saturday, June 5, 2021 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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Abraham Lincoln and the Illinois Supreme Court
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:00 PM

Abraham Lincoln’s most important work as a lawyer occurred at the Illinois Supreme Court although his circuit riding has long attracted interest and attention from biographers.

Join John Lupton and Samuel Wheeler of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, who will have a conversation about Lincoln’s legal career, specifically as it relates to his appellate practice. The program will be hosted by musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo.

This program is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency and will livestream on Looking for Lincoln's Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

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Abraham Lincoln and the Transcontinental Railroad
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 7:00 PM

Abraham Lincoln signed the 1862 Pacific Railroad Act which made building the first Transcontinental Railroad possible. He believed that such a railroad was important to the war effort, but he had long been a supporter of American railroads. This presentation will explore Lincoln's history with the railroad and his role in promoting rail in the west.

The program will be hosted by musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo in collaboration with the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  This program is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency and 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

In 1842, Dr. Richard Eells was arrested and charged with harboring and secreting a fugitive slave, and fined $400 by Judge Stephen Douglas. He then lost in the Illinois Supreme Court. The case was later heard by the US Supreme Court, after Eell's death, which also upheld the ruling. Eells estate was represented by Salmon P. Chase and William Seward future secretaries of treasury and state in the Lincoln administration.

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