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

Where's the Christmas Tree?: The Lincolns and Christmas Traditions in Springfield
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 7:00 PM

The Lincolns were a typical Springfield family in the way they celebrated Christmas...or were they??? They didn't have a Christmas Tree (that we know of) and Mr. Lincoln sometimes worked on December 25th. But they also "hung stockings by the chimney with care," ate lots of goodies, and attended parties with their friends and family. Join Lincoln Home National Historic Site Curator Susan Haake for a discussion on how the Lincolns and their neighbors enjoyed the Holidays!

Susan Haake has worked at Lincoln Home National Historic Site since 1991, serving as Curator for 23 years. She is a native of Illinois, having grown up in the Southern Illinois town of Murphysboro, near Carbondale. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State with a BS in Historic Preservation, and received an MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. She has published articles on housekeeping in historic houses, and is the author of the weekly "Museum Monday" posts on the park's Facebook page. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, and chocolate!

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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How Lincoln Institutionalized Science and Technology in the Federal Government
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 7:00 PM

Abraham Lincoln had a lifelong fascination with science and technology, a fascination that would help institutionalize science, win the Civil War, and propel the nation into the modern age. Lincoln: The Fire of Genius offers the first holistic look at Lincoln’s fascination with science and technology. That fascination can be seen threaded through his remarkable life, his commitment to self-study and self-improvement, his careers as a lawyer and politician, and finally, to his presidency during the Civil War, in which science and technology played a key role. In this presentation, David will focus on Lincoln's goal of institutionalizing science and technology in the federal government.

David J. Kent is a lifelong Abraham Lincoln researcher and career scientist. He is the President of the Lincoln Group of DC, is on the Executive Committee/Board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Lincoln Forum. He has authored three books on Abraham Lincoln, including his newest, Lincoln: The Fire of Genius and his previous, Lincoln: The Man Who Saved America. He has also written books on Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. His website is davidjkent-writer.com.

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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Finding the Antislavery Lincoln in Art
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 7:00 PM

Professor Peck will analyze four original art works made for the University of Illinois Springfield Making Our History: Artists Render Lincoln’s Legacies exhibit in 2022. He will explain the historical background behind the paintings, and show how they reflect Lincoln’s powerful antislavery convictions and policies.

Graham A. Peck is the Wepner Distinguished Professor of Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield. His scholarship has focused on antebellum Illinois, and particularly on the careers of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. He is the author of Making an Antislavery Nation: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Battle over Freedom, which received the 2018 Russell P. Strange Memorial Book of the Year Award from the Illinois State Historical Society and was a finalist for the 2018 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.

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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