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Great River Eagle Days
Thursday, January 13, 2022

January is a great time for outdoor adventures in the Looking for Lincoln National Heritage Area, including opportunities for eagle watching along the Illinois River near Quincy, Illinois.

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Discover Lincoln... and eagles!
Monday, January 10, 2022

The Alton/Rivers & Routes area is a great place for outdoor adventures, with the added bonus of spying our national symbol, the bald eagle.

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CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS IN CLAYVILLE
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Join our partners at the Clayville Historic Site on December 11, 3 pm - 9 pm, for their Candlelight Christmas in Clayville, near Pleasant Plains, Illinois.

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Upcoming Events

Abraham Lincoln Fathers a City
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 7:00 PM

In this conversation, Lincoln College professor Ron Keller traces the unique Abraham Lincoln heritage of Lincoln, Illinois, the only city named for (and christened by) Abraham Lincoln before he was president. From Lincoln’s days in as a circuit-riding lawyer in nearby Postville in the 1830s, to his visits to Lincoln as a trial attorney and rising politician, some of the people Lincoln met and places Lincoln went to in the city will be examined.  We will even explore how a plot to steal Lincoln’s body after his death has a Lincoln, Illinois connection. 

Ron Keller is the Associate Professor of History and Political Science at Lincoln College in Lincoln, 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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The Lincoln Family at Home
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 7:00 PM

We most often think about Abraham and Mary Lincoln as president and first lady, but they were also devoted parents to four children. Join Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Lincoln Historian Dr. Christian McWhirter for a glimpse into their home life and how they raised their four sons.

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 TimesChicago 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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Abraham Lincoln and the Matson Slave Case Revisited
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 7:00 PM

One of the most famous cases Abraham Lincoln handled during his 25-year legal career involved the runaway slave Jane Bryant. It is well known because the antislavery Lincoln represented the slaveowner Robert Matson. John Lupton and Dr. Samuel Wheeler will discuss the case in detail and why it continues to interest historians.

John Lupton is the Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission. Samuel Wheeler is the Director of History Programs for the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission. 

This program will livestream on Looking for Lincoln's Facebook page and YouTube Channel. https://www.facebook.com/LookingforLincoln, or https://www.youtube.com/user/LookingforLincoln

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

The Living Lincoln Topiary Monument is a 15 ft high & 8 ft wide bust of our 16th President. The president’s beard consist of real living flowering plants and greenery, making it the only sculpture of its kind in the world. It’s a giant Chia Pet of Lincoln! The monument was designed as the centerpiece of Unforgettable Forgottonia‘s Looking For Lincoln Self-Guided Tour, about Lincoln‘s connections to Macomb and McDonough County.

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