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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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Kathryn Harris, SJR First Citizen 2020
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Congratulations to Kathryn Harris for being selected First Citizen 2020 by the State Journal Register. We can't think of anyone more deserving of this honor, plus she's a great friend of Looking for Lincoln.

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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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Spirit of Lincoln, Part 3 of 3
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 7:00 PM

Ken Bradbury’s “The Spirit of Lincoln” to be part of three Looking for Lincoln Conversations Event

Looking for Lincoln is proud to present three online events featuring scenes from the recent musical play “The Spirit of Lincoln” by the Springfield Theatre Centre in Springfield, Illinois. The episodes will premier on February 10, 17, and 24, 2021 at 7 pm on the Looking for Lincoln Facebook page and YouTube video channel.

“The Spirit of Lincoln,” written by Illinois native Ken Bradbury, explores the lives of people affected by Lincoln’s spirit and ideologies, while exploring the themes of friendship, bravery, racism, and social justice that are still relevant today. The viewer is invited to experience first-hand the lasting impact Abraham Lincoln had on his central Illinois community and beyond.

Each episode will present selected previously-filmed scenes from the show, followed by a live question and answer session with members of the cast or production team. Viewers are encouraged to post questions during the program on the Looking for Lincoln Facebook page or YouTube channel. Each week will feature new scenes, and a new set of cast members to discuss the show.

The play was filmed for broadcast on the Hoogland Center for the Arts stage, as was presented by Heartland Credit Union, Ken Bradbury Foundation, and Springfield Theatre Centre.

The programs are free and broadcast live on Looking for Lincoln’s Facebook page and YouTube channel and will end with question and answers with the virtual audience. Looking for Lincoln Conversations is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Looking for Lincoln events are free to the public, and these events will show only selected scenes from the play. The full play is available to watch at Showtix4u.com/events/STC.  To support their efforts during Covid, Springfield Theatre Centre will charge a ticketing fee to watch the show in its entirety.


Looking for Lincoln Conversations is a series of live, virtual programs featuring a variety of topics surrounding the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. “Looking for Lincoln Conversations provides a unique way to share the story of the life and times of Abraham Lincoln” said Executive Director, Sarah Watson.  “We are able to engage with a virtual audience from throughout the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area and beyond.”

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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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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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