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Celebration of music and art at Lincoln Log Cabin

Lincoln Log Cabin showcases famed painter’s work, welcomes bluegrass fans Aug. 9-10

LERNA, Ill. – The Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site celebrates two different kinds of creativity Aug. 9-10 with a display of paintings by a famed local artist and then the annual bluegrass jamboree.

The work of painter Paul Turner Sargent gets the spotlight first. A presentation on his work takes place Saturday at 10 a.m. in the sites Visitor Center Auditorium. Photographs and descriptions of his early and adult life along with more than 50 images of his paintings will be presented by Dick Hummel. The event marks the opening of a new exhibit of his work in the site’s Sargent Gallery.
Sargent painting courtesy of

Sargent (1880-1946) was born and raised on a Coles County farm. His family farmhouse was moved to Lincoln Log Cabin Sate Historic Site in 1986. Sargent never ventured far from his roots, and his grandparents’ farm often appears in his work.

The annual bluegrass jam session takes place the next day, Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Informal groups of musicians converge and play at different areas along the creek throughout the day. Whether you play an instrument or just enjoy listening to bluegrass, you’re welcome to attend 

The site's volunteers will be cooking up hamburgers and hotdogs with the proceed going to support the educational and interpretative programs at the site. 

Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, re-creates the 19th century home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and step-mother of the president. It is part of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area and was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. 

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