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Lots of Lincoln Activities at the 2023 Illinois State Fair
Saturday, June 24, 2023

Looking for Lincoln is proud to bring our 16th president to the Illinois State Fair again in 2023, along with other Lincoln-era activities on the lawn of the Illinois Building near the main gate.

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Looking for Lincoln on NPR
Saturday, February 18, 2023

NPR Illinois and Looking for Lincoln are joining forces all week long, Feb 20-24, 2023 to tell a handful of the lesser-known stories of early Illinois.

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Bronzeville-Black Metropolis is Illinois' newst National Heritage Area
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Congratulations to Bronzeville-Black Metropolis for becoming Illinois’ newest National Heritage Area. Welcome to the NPS family!

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Upcoming Events

HISTORY COMES ALIVE
Friday, May 31, 2024 12:00 AM - Sunday, August 4, 2024 12:00 AM

Returning for its 15th season, History Comes Alive transports you back to the 19th Century Springfield.  Immerse yourself in Lincoln's hometown while meeting our largest cast of historical reenactors yet.  Live performances, a varity of demonstrattions, as well special presentations of some of Lincoln's most famous speeches.  Springfield is truly a city where History Comes Alive!  Free downtown trolley service to historic sites Wed.-Sat.!

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Underground Railroad Conductor, and Lincoln Neighbor Jameson Jenkins
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

In this presentation Townsend will present the story of Lincoln's neighbor, Jameson Jenkins, and how Jenkins assisted a group of freedom seekers along the Underground Railroad.

Tim Townsend is the Historian and Chief of Interpretation at Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois. He earned his BA degree in history from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and holds a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

This program is the first in the summer lunchtime lecture series, Stories of Freedom in Central Series hosted by Looking for Lincoln and the Springfield State Historic Sites.  This weekly lecture series will be hosted on Wednesday's at 12:30 PM in Theater 1 at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center.  The series will start on June 5, 2024 and conclude on July 31, 2024.

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Persistence, Resistance, Survival: The Life of Kate Quarles Burton
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Kate Quarles Burton (ca. 1858-1942) started her remarkable life being born into slavery near Hannibal, Missouri—with her father serving as the inspiration for Mark Twain’s character “Jim.” As a young woman, she built a life in Hannibal and eventually Springfield, Illinois, as a domestic worker, wife, and beloved matriarch. Burton was marked by terror and tragedy, when a white mob lynched her husband Scott Burton during the 1908 Springfield Race Riot. This presentation offers a glimpse into Kate Burton’s long journey, as an insight into how African Americans survived, resisted, and persevered in Springfield in the late nineteenth and early-twentieth century.

Devin Hunter is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of Illinois Springfield, where he teaches public history and twentieth-century United States History. His research focus includes the historical development and use of ideals of cultural diversity, as well as the history of commemoration and the present-day memorialization of historical trauma and difficult pasts.

This program is the first in the summer lunchtime lecture series, Stories of Freedom in Central Series hosted by Looking for Lincoln and the Springfield State Historic Sites.  This weekly lecture series will be hosted on Wednesday's at 12:30 PM in Theater 1 at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center.  The series will start on June 5, 2024 and conclude on July 31, 2024.

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Regional Highlight

During a court case at the Christian County Courthouse in Taylorville, Illinois Lincoln requested a "writ of quietus" from Judge David Davis. The pigs under the courthouse trying to stay cool were making so much noise Lincoln could not make his arguments to the jury. Today, this incident is marked by a statue of Abraham Lincoln and a pig on the lawn of the Christian County Courthouse in downtown Taylorville.

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