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Shutt is New Executive Director of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
Friday, March 5, 2021

Christina M. Shutt has been selected to lead the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

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Spirit of Lincoln selections coming soon!
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Looking for Lincoln and STC present selections from the musical play 'Spirit of Lincoln'

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Spirit of Lincoln Stocking Stuffers
Saturday, December 19, 2020

Still looking for a perfect stocking stuffer for that Lincoln or history buff?

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Upcoming Events

Illinois Freedom Project Exhibit
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 10:00 AM

“The Illinois Freedom Project” will be displayed in the Anna Arts Center’s middle building at 127 W. Davie, Anna, IL, February 23 through March 13.

The Illinois Freedom Project Traveling Exhibit will be open for visitors beginning on Feb 23.  The exhibit highlights the inspiring stories from the Past to Inform and Empower People to Create a Better Future, a total of 12 panels that tell the story of  the struggle for freedom.  The exhibit is sponsored by the National Park Service, Illinois Department of the Natural Resources, and Looking for Lincoln.  The arts center is open Tuesday  through Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM and on Saturday through Sunday  from 1-3 PM. 

Please stop by the arts enter and check out the exhibit. See https://www.lookingforlincoln.org/education/freedom/  for more information.

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Songs of the Underground Railroad
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:00 PM

Looking for Lincoln Conversations welcomes internationally known performer, lecturer and cultural ambassador, Reggie Harris as he performs the music of the Underground Railroad and discusses the impact of that historic route to freedom! A descendent of a black enslaved women and her white master in Lincoln’s time, Reggie has spent his life engaged in bridging the same racial divide that caused the civil war. The show 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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Lincoln's Last Train Ride
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7:00 PM

Join Looking for Lincoln Conversations on the 156th Anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Train.  Host Chris Vallillo will have a conversation with Bill Thomas, Ron Keller and Justin Blandford to discuss Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train through the eyes of the three communities where Lincoln lived and worked Atlanta, Lincoln, and Springfield, Illinois.

Bill Thomas currently serves as the Chairman of the Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership and lives in Atlanta, Illinois.  Ron Keller is the Associate Professor of History and Political Science at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois and Justin Blandford is the Superintendent of the State Historic Sites in Springfield Illinois.  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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Regional Highlight

The Lincoln Depot or Great Western Depot is the place where Abraham Lincoln left Springfield as President elect en route to D.C. On the morning of Feb 11, 1861 Lincoln said his final goodbyes to friends and supporters at the depot before boarding the train. At 8 am Lincoln gave an impromptu speech to a crowd of over 1000 people who had gathered to see him off. You can visit the first floor of the Lincoln depot which offers a self-guided tour.

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