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Looking For Lincoln Events

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Saturday, May 04, 2019by kenna.kj

Looking for Lincoln is sponsoring five signature events this summer. These events take place in Looking for Lincoln Communities and capture the essence of the life and times of Abraham Lincoln by bringing history to life in unique and exciting ways.

The 2019 roster of Looking for Lincoln Signature Events includes:

  • Lincoln in the District (May 4, 2019) - This one day event celebrates Quincy’s Lincoln legacy during this unique festival on the historic downtown square. Visitors enjoy living history reenactments with Mr. Lincoln closest Quincy friends. They will experience authentic rail splitting demonstrations, period crafts and children’s activities. Learn about Civil War medical practices and field embalming processes or enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride. For more information contact Iris Nelson at 217-257-0783 or
  • History Comes Alive (June-August 2019)- This summer-long living history program brings the historic Springfield of Lincoln’s day to life with period re-enactments, musical and theatrical performances and more as Springfield’s Lincoln historic sites and downtown are transport you back to the city Lincoln loved. For more information contact the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau at 217-789-2360.
  • Lincoln Days Civil War Reenactment at Lake Pittsfield (June 1-2, 2019)- This weekend event gives visitors a front row seat at a Civil War battle and the life soldiers, officers, doctors and others who served on the front lines. For more information contact Kathy Zimmerman at 217-285-6995 or
  • Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 (July 19-21, 2019) - McLean County celebrates its ties to Abraham Lincoln as well as Historic U.S. Route 66 in this weekend event. Share in the stories, and in the fun, at a variety of sites throughout the Bloomington-Normal area- where history comes alive through period reenactments, concerts, storytelling, theatrical performances, children’s games and crafts, a classic car show and much, much, more. For more information contact Barb Adams 309-824-8862 or
  • Looking for Lincoln at the Illinois State Fair (August 9-18, 2019) - Each year during the Illinois State Fair, history comes to life on the lawn of the Illinois Building. Visitors can build with Lincoln Logs, watch period demonstrations such as blacksmithing or broom making and enjoy period music, and, of course, look for Lincoln. For more information contact Heather Wickens at 217-782-6817 or

For more information about the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, go to