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From Illinois to the White House Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama

3/23/2018 - 12/31/2018, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Musuem, 212 N. 6th St. Springfield IL 62701
The exhibit will explore their connections to the Prairie State, their political battles, the first ladies who helped them succeed and much more. Visitors will see amazing documents and artifacts, including Ronald Reagan’s yearbook from his high school days in Dixon, the table where Ulysses S. Grant’s accepted Robert E. Lee’s surrender during the Civil War, an original draft of Barack Obama’s speech at the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march, and the briefcase Abraham Lincoln used as president. 

Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection

6/30/2018 - 2/3/2019, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
This major exhibition, in celebration of the State’s 200th birthday, features rare and rarely-seen artifacts from the Museum’s 13.5–million-object Illinois Legacy Collection to highlight the dynamic story of Illinois.
Bicentennial and Beyond! exhibits artifacts from a variety of disciplines, including art, anthropology, archaeology, botany, decorative arts, geology, and zoology, chosen for the unique stories they tell about Illinois. Reflecting the fact that the complete story of Illinois goes well beyond the 200 years since statehood, artifacts will range from 400-million-year-old fossils to contemporary art. Visitors will see a helmet worn by a World War I soldier; a trunk brought by German immigrants in 1852; a core segment from Route 66; a piece of contemporary art created of cowhide; an Olney albino gray tree squirrel mount; and a portrait miniature done by an itinerant Illinois artist, among many other treasures. Visitors will explore, discover, learn, and share the history, prehistory, and natural history of Illinois through the featured objects and the fascinating stories behind them. 

Families First Adventures - Art of Illinois Family Tour

10/21/2018 - 1/20/2019, 2:30 pm
Illinois Governor's Mansion, 410 E. Jackson St, Springfield, IL 62701

Art of Illinois family tours will be scheduled on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Illinois Governor's Mansion. Family tours (approx. 45 min) are designed for families with children ages 3-12 to encourage children and adults to enjoy the exhibition. Reservations required 

October 21: The Nature of Art

November 18: Listening to Visual Art

December 16: Sculpture Safari

January 20: Art Investigation 

Springfield Jr. Blues Hockey Game

10/25/2018 - 4/6/2019, Various Times
Nelson Center, 1601 S. 5th St. Springfield, IL 62702

This year the Springfield Jr. Blues are celebrating their 26th year as Springfield’s hockey team. Come out this season for a home game, meet some fans, enjoy the food, and cheer on the home team!

October 25 - 27: vs. Minnesota Magicians (Special Events: Oct 26 Pink the Rink and Oct 27 Halloween with Abe Lincoln)

November 16 - 17: vs. Topeka Pilots 

November 23 - 24: vs. Janesville Jets

December 14 - 15: vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs

January 4 - 5: vs. Minnesota Magicians

January 25 - 26: vs. Janesville Jets

February 22 - 24: vs. Kenai River Brown Bears

March 1 - 2: vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs

March 15 - 16 and March 29 - 30: vs. Chippewa Steel

April 5 - 6: vs. Janesville Jets

Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas

11/16/2018 - 1/6/2019, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Musuem, 212 N. 6th St. Springfield IL 62701
Just like families across the world, First Families celebrate the holidays in their own special ways. This exhibit, using materials from the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Clinton and George W. Bush Presidential Libraries and Museums, gives a glimpse of how some of our Presidents and their loved ones enjoyed the holidays in the White House. From family photos to White House invitations, from Christmas cards to colorful decorations for the tree, these treasured items from presidential collections give us a taste of what it is like to celebrate this joyous season with America’s First Families.

6th Annual Light Up the Park

11/23/2018 - 12/22/2018, Fridays & Saturdays: 6 pm - 9 pm
Chatham Community Park, 731 S. Main St Chatham, IL 62629

More Lights, More Displays, More Fun!

The Chatham Friends of the Parks are proud to present the 6th Annual Light Up the Park. Large-scale, hand-built display fills the park with over 100,000 lights that set the park a glow

Enter Chatham Community Park on Park Ave in Chatham

Old Capitol Holiday Walks

11/24/2018 - 12/22/2018, Wednesdays: 5 pm - 8 pm & Saturdays: Noon - 5 pm
Downtown Springfield, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza Springfield IL 62701
Time to get into the Holiday spirit! Join us at the Old Capitol Holiday Walk. There will be plenty of shopping, dining, and holiday cheer to go around.

Visit for all the magical, Old Capitol Holiday Walks information!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Holidays at the Old State Capitol

11/24/2018 - 12/22/2018, Wednesdays: 5 pm - 8 pm & Saturdays: 2 pm - 5 pm
Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza Springfield IL 62701

During the Old State Capitol Holiday Walks stop by the Old State Capitol and view the beautiful decorations. Children will be able to share their wish list with Santa. While you wait to visit Santa, enjoy a chat with President Grant or enjoy pioneer Christmas stories and songs. 

Various local musical groups will provide entertainment. Children can also make a special greeting card to celebrate the season. 

Christmas at the Dana-Thomas House

11/28/2018 - 12/19/2018, Wednesdays: 5 pm - 8 pm
Dana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright Design, 301 E. Lawrence Ave. Springfield, IL 62703

You're invited to join us for an evening tours of the Dana-Thomas House this holiday season. On November 28, December 5, 12, and 19 (Wednesdays), you can tour the house in the evening light, listen to local musical entertainment as it fills the home, view the beautiful holiday decorations, and enjoy a treat.

Volunteers have made dozens of prairie-inspired floral arrangements for the 12,000 sq-ft home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights

11/30/2018 - 12/30/2018, 5 pm - 9 pm
Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr Springfield, IL 62640

Take the walking experience and behold the splendor of hundreds of colorful twinkling lights as you stroll through the pathways around the Zoo. Children will love the zany 3D glasses (for purchase) that make the view of the colorful lights come to life with reindeer and candy cane shapes!

Daily details are being planned every day, so check back for weekend activity updates!  

November 30 - December 2, 

December 7 - 9, 14 - 16, 19 - 23 and 28 - 30.

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