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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!

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

vs. Topeka Pilots: November 16 - 17

vs. Janesville Jets: November 23 - 24

vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs: December 14 - 15

vs. Minnesota Magicians: January 4 - 5

vs. Janesville Jets: January 25 - 26

vs. Kenai River Brown Bears: February 22 - 24

vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs: March 1 - 2

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

vs. Janesville Jets: April 5 -6 

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.

Hobnob Holiday Market

11/16/2018 - 11/17/2018, Friday: 4 pm - 9 pm; Saturday 9 am - 4 pm
Illinois State Fairgrounds - Expo Bldg, 801 E. Sangamon Ave Springfield, IL 62703
A magical vintage & handmade market filling the historic Expo Building to the brim with festive cheer! Enjoy shopping from 2 levels of amazing handpicked vendors then grab a bite to eat & a drink from the cash bar. Music, holiday spirit, and even the jolly old elf himself will round out the fun. 

Holiday Market at Lincoln Memorial Garden

11/16/2018 - 11/18/2018, Friday: 4 pm - 7 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm
Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr Springfield, IL 62712
It's that time of year! Start your holiday shopping surrounded by nature. It's just a short walk to the tree-shrouded Nature Center where you will find hand-crafted holiday decorations, ornaments and jewelry by local artisans. Also garden gifts and bird feeders, pottery, holiday flags, children's games and toys. All proceeds benefit the Lincoln Memorial Garden.

Springfield Holiday Farmers Market

11/17/2018, 9 am - 1 pm
State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701
Join us for the annual Springfield Holiday Farmers Markets! Start a tradition and shop locally for fresh ingredients and unique gifts that will make all your holiday gatherings merry and bright. Held indoors in a warm and cozy building. Each of the Holiday Farmers Markets proudly presents more than 40 vendors from central IL selling a wide variety of products, including pasture-raised turkeys, pork, beef, poultry, eggs, cheese, honey, apples, baked goods, cider, local beer and IL wine. It’s the perfect place to pick up truly unique and local holiday gifts and ingredients while also keeping your shopping dollars in the local community.

Memorial Festival of Trees: Holidays Through Our History

11/17/2018 - 11/25/2018, Times Vary by Day
Illinois State Fairgrounds - Orr Building, 801 E. Sangamon Ave Springfield, IL 62703
The nine-day event is a holiday tradition and features more than 300 designed items; a centerpiece and gingerbread structure silent auction; an elaborate hand-crafted Gingerbread Village; the Candy Cane Express Train; the Little Elves’ Workshop craft area; Snapshots with Santa; a boutique full of unique gift items; hand-decorated gingerbread cookies; and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances.

Collectors Day and Artifact Identification Event

11/17/2018, 1 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706

In conjunction with the exhibition "Bicentennial & Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection" the Museum welcomes visitors to learn the stories of objects collected by everyday Illinoisans. Local collectors will display their best objects and speak with visitors about the stories they tell. Visitors can also bring items from home to be identified by Museum staff and other experts. The artifact identification will focus on art, antiques, anthropological artifacts, rocks, minerals, fossils, and bones. Visitors bringing photos of objects or specimens are encouraged to include a ruler or coin for size comparison. Visitors are asked not to bring live animals. Organic materials may have to remain outside the Museum.

Individuals interested in displaying a collection as part of Collectors Day may apply at or contact Elizabeth Bazan at or (217) 558-6696. No buying, selling, or trading is allowed at this event. The participating experts will do their best to correctly identify objects, no guarantees are made. Due to time constraints, only one object may be able to be identified per person. Objects brought for identification will not be appraised. 


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