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A Celebration: 200 Years in the Making

Visit Springfield

ILLINOIS TURNS 200 IN 2018 and we invite you to be part of the celebration!

Every day in Illinois amazing things are being BORN, BUILT, and GROWN. The same can be said for Springfield.

Along with all there is to see and do in the capital city, be sure to check out the special Bicentennial happenings in Springfield

WE ARE #IllinoisProud


*Be sure to check back as events will be added throughout the year

3/18: We Were There: Women in the Civil War at the Lincoln Home 

3/18: This Land Was Our Land: Native Americans, Globalization, and Treaties (IL Bicentennial Speaker Series) at the Illinois State Museum

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IDOT Celebrates African-American History Month

Alison Warren

The Illinois Department of Transportation will host a month of special events celebrating African-American History Month in February.

This year’s theme, “Uncovering Our Rich History,” will be reflected in activities focused on art, mathematics, politics, engineering and education. 

“We are proud to recognize African-American History Month with a full schedule of fun, interesting and informative events,” said IL Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.” 

The following events are open to the public and will be held at IDOT’s Harry Hanley Building, 2300 S. Dirksen Parkway, ... Read More


President’s Day in Abraham Lincoln’s Hometown

Alison Warren


Take advantage of the long President’s Day weekend in February to experience history first-hand in Abraham Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield, Illinois.

Springfield is a true original, the only place in the world to see such an extensive collection of historic sites and museums devoted to the life and legacy of our 16th President. Get to know Lincoln the man, the father, the husband and the politician by walking the same streets he walked over 150 years ago.

Visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Old State Capitol, the Lincoln Tomb, and a host of other sites that will transport you... Read More


MLK, Jr. Day in Springfield

Alison Warren


Springfield, IL is celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday January 15th with several events.

43rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast: January 15th at 7:30am. Breakfast will be held at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity March and Annual Program: January 15th at Noon. March begins at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church located at 1800 Martin Luther King Dr.

Community Day: January 15th from 9 am - 5 pm. where the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum will celebrate his legacy with his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at 10:30am & 1:30pm.

MLK 50 Exhibit at the Springfield and Central IL African American... Read More


Weekly Events Nov 16 -22

Alison Warren

Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Visitors will see rare artifacts and photographs. They’ll learn about legendary players like Mordecai Brown and Rogers Hornsby and newer stars like Jake Arrieta and Yadier Molina. They’ll also be able to interact with the exhibit by sharing their own Cards-Cubs memories, answering trivia questions and playing a home run derby as their favorite team. “The Rivalry” was developed in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, an unprecedented partnership from all three organizations for an exhibit of this type.

Holidays at... Read More

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