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Calendar of Events

Click here to download the complete list of 2018 events

Ongoing

From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama
Where: Illinois Gallery in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The centerpiece of the commemoration of the Illinois Bicentennial. Analyze the ties these four presidents have to this great state, and how its history, location and population make it a microcosm of America and a perfect training ground for national leaders.

Lincoln:  From History to Hollywood​ 
Where: Union Station at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Complex.
The Full Experience package includes the new DreamWorks exhibit:  Lincoln:  From History to Hollywood (sets and costumes from the movie 'Lincoln', directed by Steven Spielberg) and Museum admission. 

In Commemoration
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Ghost Queue
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of America's entry into WW I. This Ghost Queue​ exhibit explores the war through one soldier's artifacts. Included with Museum admission.
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Special Series

lllinois History Forum
A rotating group of moderators will lead discussions on books, films and exhibits on various topics from Illinois’ past.  Free and open to the public.  Click here for more information.

Tales from the Vault
Don’t miss this exclusive look are rare artifacts!  Free and open to the public.  Click here for more information.

Abe’s Educators
Our education department helps bring history lessons to your classroom.  Free; registration required.   Click here for more information.

Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart.  Every Tuesday in June, July and August. Click here for more information.
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June 19, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required

June 21, 2018 (6:30 p.m.)
1918 – Americans Over There
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Dr. Mark DePue will discuss events of 1918 on the Western Front, with emphasis on the German Spring Offensive and America's new and relatively untrained Army. Presented in the Museum’s Union Theater at 6:30 p.m. Free; registration required

June 23, 2018 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Art of the Prairie State
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The Springfield Art Association will highlight Illinois artists.  Kids create their own works of art to take home.  Included with museum admission.

June 26, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required

July 3, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required

July 10, 2018
The President Will See You Now
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Peggy Grande was Ronald Reagan’s assistant for 10 years after he left the White House and has written a book that offers an intimate look at the former president and his beloved wife in their final years together.  Grande will sign copies of her book at 6:00 p.m. and then speak at 6:30.   Registration is required.  $5 members; $8 public. Purchase tickets here.

July 10, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required

July 11, 2018 (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.)  
Tales from the Vault:  Pre-Statehood Illinois
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Ian Hunt, Chief of Acquisitions at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will discuss the history of pre-statehood Illinois.   This program is free and open to the public.  Reservations are not required.

July 12, 2018 (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)
Illinois History Forum: History and the Constitutions of Illinois
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
John Lupton, Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission will lead a discussion on Creating the Land of Lincoln: The History and Constitutions of Illinois, 1778-1870, by Frank Cicero, Jr.  Bring your lunch to this free event at the Lincoln Presidential Library!  Reservations are not required. 

July 17, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required

July 24, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required

July 25, 2018 (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)    EVENT SOLD OUT !!
Summer Teacher Professional Development Workshop: Transportation - Railroads, Ironclads, and Submarines
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library 
Spend a morning at the museum learning about the many ways that science and technology influenced the Civil War. This program invites teachers to merge science and history, two areas of study not often united but undeniably connected.  This workshop is for active and preservice teachers and provides three (3) CPDU credits. Free; registration required

July 31, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required

August 2, 2018 (6:30 p.m.)
50th Anniversary of the 1968 Democratic Convention
Where:  Abraham Lincoln President Museum
Join Alderman Ed Burke, Dick Simpson and Bernard Sieracki as they share their personal memories of the 1968 Democratic Convention with moderator, Mark DePue.  Enjoy a wine and cheese reception following the event generously sponsored by Bill and Julie Cellini.  The presentation will begin at 6:30 in the museum’s Union Theater.   Registration is required.  $5 members; $8 public. Purchase tickets here