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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

Oak Ridge Cemetery is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln and his family with the exception of his son Robert Todd Lincoln who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Each year, visitors from around the world visit the Lincoln Tomb to pay their respects to the 16th President of the United States. One of the most popular activities at the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site is rubbing the bust of Lincoln's nose in front of the tomb.

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