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!

Signature Event Information

Upcoming Events

HISTORY COMES ALIVE
Friday, May 31, 2024 12:00 AM - Sunday, August 4, 2024 12:00 AM

Returning for its 15th season, History Comes Alive transports you back to the 19th Century Springfield.  Immerse yourself in Lincoln's hometown while meeting our largest cast of historical reenactors yet.  Live performances, a varity of demonstrattions, as well special presentations of some of Lincoln's most famous speeches.  Springfield is truly a city where History Comes Alive!  Free downtown trolley service to historic sites Wed.-Sat.!

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Underground Railroad Conductor, and Lincoln Neighbor Jameson Jenkins
Wednesday, June 19, 2024 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

In this presentation Townsend will present the story of Lincoln's neighbor, Jameson Jenkins, and how Jenkins assisted a group of freedom seekers along the Underground Railroad.

Tim Townsend is the Historian and Chief of Interpretation at Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois. He earned his BA degree in history from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and holds a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

This program is the first in the summer lunchtime lecture series, Stories of Freedom in Central Series hosted by Looking for Lincoln and the Springfield State Historic Sites.  This weekly lecture series will be hosted on Wednesday's at 12:30 PM in Theater 1 at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center.  The series will start on June 5, 2024 and conclude on July 31, 2024.

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Persistence, Resistance, Survival: The Life of Kate Quarles Burton
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Kate Quarles Burton (ca. 1858-1942) started her remarkable life being born into slavery near Hannibal, Missouri—with her father serving as the inspiration for Mark Twain’s character “Jim.” As a young woman, she built a life in Hannibal and eventually Springfield, Illinois, as a domestic worker, wife, and beloved matriarch. Burton was marked by terror and tragedy, when a white mob lynched her husband Scott Burton during the 1908 Springfield Race Riot. This presentation offers a glimpse into Kate Burton’s long journey, as an insight into how African Americans survived, resisted, and persevered in Springfield in the late nineteenth and early-twentieth century.

Devin Hunter is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of Illinois Springfield, where he teaches public history and twentieth-century United States History. His research focus includes the historical development and use of ideals of cultural diversity, as well as the history of commemoration and the present-day memorialization of historical trauma and difficult pasts.

This program is the first in the summer lunchtime lecture series, Stories of Freedom in Central Series hosted by Looking for Lincoln and the Springfield State Historic Sites.  This weekly lecture series will be hosted on Wednesday's at 12:30 PM in Theater 1 at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center.  The series will start on June 5, 2024 and conclude on July 31, 2024.

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FRONTIER SETTLEMENT DAY
Saturday, September 14, 2024 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Step back in time to the 1800s at the Log Cabin Village. Learn how felt hats and rugs were made, what church was like, and visit with the ladies who will be having tea. Other activities  include wool spinning, chair caning, music and games. Food will be available for purchase, and stop by the Clat Adams cabin/store to see what’s new. Frontier Day is held on Quinsippi Island, just past All America Park.

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CONSTITUTION CELEBRATION
Saturday, September 14, 2024 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM

On the 165th Anniversary of the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Jonesboro will be celebrating the event at Lincoln Memorial Park. The program will include a 21-gun and cannon salute by the Long Knives Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and a minute of bell-ringing to mark the occasion. Guest soloists and speakers will present an intriguing program, and essay content winners will be asked to read their entries. Children’s games, music, and food begin at 4:30 pm, with the program commencing at 09/165:30 pm. This event is a great opportunity to explore this beautiful, but often overlooked part of Illinois.

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HARVEST FROLIC
Saturday, September 28, 2024 10:00 AM - Sunday, September 29, 2024 4:00 PM

Come celebrate the arrival of autumn at the Harvest Frolic. The event is free and open to the public. Don’t miss experiencing 19th-century life on the farm. Activities will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms and will include children’s games, crafts, hearth cooking, and activities. A number of artisans will be on site demonstrating their crafts including, spinning, pottery, broommaking, blacksmithing, embroidery, and many other 19th-century crafts.

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UNFORGETTABLE LINCOLN DAYS
Saturday, October 5, 2024 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Unforgettable Lincoln Days is a celebration of Visit Forgottonia's Unforgettable connection to our nation's most popular and enduring leader.  The event features the world's only giant Living Lincoln Topiary Monument, "selfie" opportunities with the nation's leading Abraham Lincoln interpreter, entertainment from historic singer/songwriter, and roots musician Chris Vallillo, Macomb's historic Looking for Lincoln Historic Self-Guide Tour powered by eATLAS, horse drawn trolley rides, Civil War reactors encampment, working Blacksmith, Hy-Vee's Looking for Lincoln Scavenger Hunt, a special three-story tall "Living Lincoln Mural" and as the event's centerpiece, our original play When Macomb Hosted Lincoln: Devising the Freeport Question by Dr. Tim Roberts, plus more surprises.

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