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Attention to Detail: A Dana-Thomas House Specialty Tour

3/2/2019 - 12/7/2019, First Saturday of Every Month: 10:15 am
Dana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright Design
301 E. Lawrence Ave. Springfield, IL 62703

On the First Saturday of every month join longtime volunteer Frank Marchant on an extended tour of the Dana Thomas House. Attention to Detail explores details and stories of the House that enrich our understanding of art and architecture and the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Call the site at 217-782-6776 to reserve your place on this tour.



Of Glass and Wood: A Dana-Thomas House Specialty Tour

3/2/2019 - 12/7/2019, First Saturday of Every Month: 1:15 pm
Dana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright Design
301 E. Lawrence Ave. Springfield, IL 62703
The First Saturday of every month join longtime volunteer Frank Marchant on an extended tour of the Dana-Thomas House. Of Glass and Wood focuses on details of the amazing art glass collection and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed furniture in the house.


All Aboard Exhibit

5/10/2019 - 12/31/2019, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Union Station - 1st Floor
500 E. Madison St. Springfield, IL 62701
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike, the realization of President Lincoln’s dream of a transcontinental railroad. In partnership with the Springfield Model Railroad Association, working scale models will depict advancements in United States railroad technology and will display the impact of railways throughout America’s history. 


Old Capitol Farmers Market

5/18/2019 - 10/26/2019, Every Wednesday & Saturday: 8 am - 12:30 pm
Downtown Springfield
411 E. Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701

The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield on Adams St. between 3rd & 5th Sts. At the market, you’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal baked goods and cheeses, flowers and more.

Check out a short video on the Old Capitol Farmers Market here.



In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers WWII Exhibit

6/5/2019 - 1/20/2020, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Illinois Gallery
212 N. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701
The second exhibit to be be featured in the Illinois Gallery in 2019 will be, In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers WWII and will feature our treasured audio and video tales from Illinoisans who lived through WWII. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will present this exhibit of war posters, oral histories, and artifacts.  


Haunted History Tour

9/28/2019 - 11/2/2019, Friday & Saturday: 7 pm - 10 pm
Springfield Hauntings
603 S. 5th St. Springfield, IL 62701
Join us for the Halloween season of ghosts and hauntings and take a trip back in time and from this world to the next as we uncover ghostly tales, eerie events, haunted places and a strange history of death, politics, and dark deeds from Springfield history! Discover how the events of the past have created the hauntings of today in Abraham Lincoln's hometown! 


Bright Star: The Musical

10/4/2019 - 10/20/2019, Thursday: 7 pm; Friday & Saturday: 8 pm; Sunday: 2 pm
The Legacy Theatre
101 E. Lawrence Ave Springfield, IL 62704

Inspired by a real event, this new musical with a rollicking bluegrass score tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South int h e 1920s & 40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young solider just home from World War II, it awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past - and what she discovers has the power to transform both their lives.



Young Frankenstein

10/11/2019 - 10/20/2019, Friday & Saturday: 8 pm, Sunday: 2 pm
Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. 6th St Springfield, IL 62701

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.



Columbus Day Solar Celebration

10/14/2019, 11 am
Kidzeum of Health & Science
412 E. Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701
School is out, but Kidzeum is open! Join us for a special activity with Michelle Knox from WindSolarUSA and learn all about our solar panels and energy efficiency. If the weather is nice, we may even go outdoors!


Lincoln Home Trick or Treat Event

10/18/2019, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
426 S. 7th St. Springfield, IL 62701
This event is free and open to children 12 years of age and younger and will begin in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center. Featuring candy stops at several historic houses throughout the festively decorated Lincoln era neighborhood (the houses will not be open for tours), volunteers in period clothing, games, and much more. Living History throughout the night along with Jr. Ranger activities. Check out the Cool Cruisers Car Club as well.


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