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

Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment
Saturday, June 4, 2022 9:00 AM

You’ll have a front row seat as Civil War battles rage all weekend long. The armies of both the Union and the Confederacy will battle it out throughout this 480-acre site along the shores of lovely Lake Pittsfield. Explore the encampments surround the battlefield for a rare glimpse into the life of the soldiers, officers, doctors and others who served on the front lines of the War Between the States. Watch as the Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery conduct their practice drills. Save your seat for the ladies’ tea and fashion show, take part in a variety of children’s games and crafts, or join other worshipers as part of a Sunday morning period church service.

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Pros and Cons: Lincoln's Quincy Pals
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 7:00 PM

Abraham Lincoln’s personal and professional friendships stretched across the 230-mile midsection of Illinois and the Looking for Lincoln National Heritage Area. From Vermilion County on the east to Adams on the west, none was richer or more rewarding than the phalanx of Lincoln friends in Quincy. They were men—and women—who loved Lincoln, promoted his candidacies and challenged his politics, suffered with him when death claimed two of his boys, who published his poetry, served with him in an Indian war, fought with him in courtrooms, sought to help him fend off a Civil War, and counseled him in its conduct. Reg Ankrom, who every day walks the same streets Lincoln walked when he visited Quincy in 1854 and 1858, will revisit some of them in the presentation, “Pros and Cons: Lincoln’s Quincy Pals.”

Reg Ankrom's interest in Abraham Lincoln led him to Stephen A. Douglas. And Reg is now working on the final volume of his three-volume biography of Douglas. Numerous books, journals, magazines, and newspapers have published more than a hundred of Reg’s works in historical literature. He speaks frequently on Douglas and Lincoln and antebellum American history.

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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Walking in Lincoln's Footsteps Vermilion County
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 7:00 PM

Abraham Lincoln spent the autumn and spring traveling throughout Vermilion County while riding the 8th Judicial Circuit. Come and explore some of the sites he visited and meet some of the individuals he met and worked with as he traveled the eastern prairie.

Sue Richter is the Executive Director of the Vermilion County Museum in Danville, 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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New Philadelphia Illinois
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:00 PM

The great-great-grandson of Frank McWorter and his wife will present a lively account full of images of how New Philadelphia came to be in 1836, how Lincoln entered the story, and what happened next. Frank was the first Black man in the U.S. to plat and register a town.

Townspeople fought for slavery in seven ways and much is known about each one of the seven. The story continues into the 21st century, with local history activists, living descendants, and professional archaeologists unearthing more details about life in 19th century New Philadelphia.

Gerald McWorter (Abdul Alkalimat) is a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois. He has researched, taught and lectured about African American history and culture around the world, only to find himself writing about his own family late in life. Kate Williams-McWorter is an associate professor at the University of Illinois who educates future librarians.

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 Self-Improvement
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 7:00 PM

Abraham Lincoln’s story is one of the most remarkable in American history. Born in a frontier cabin, he eventually reached the highest office in the nation. Lincoln’s path was not always straight, but his life presents an inspiring and tragic story of determination and willingness to learn. Join Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Lincoln Historian Christian McWhirter for a discussion of what lessons we can learn from Lincoln’s life.

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 Times, Chicago 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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