Events

The area covered by the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area is a busy place! Throughout the year, there is a lot going on, and you are our special guests to take part in all the activities. Use the calendar below to review all upcoming events, or check our listing of events.

We hope to see you soon!

Upcoming Events

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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A Conversation with Clara Barton
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:00 PM

Looking for Lincoln Conversations welcomes the heroic civil war nurse Clara Barton to the conversation! Nationally known historical interpreter Leslie Goddard will bring Clara Barton to life to be followed by an informative discussion of the impact of women in the Civil War. The presentation will be hosted by musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo.

Leslie Goddard is an actress and historian who has been portraying famous women in history for more than fifteen years. In addition to both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in theater, she has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and currently works full-time as a historical interpreter and public speaker.

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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