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IL Bicentennial Speaker Series

2/18/2018 - 10/21/2018, 2 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706

A special Bicentennial series of programs, “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans,” will begin on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, and continue on the third Sunday of every month through October 2018. The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) at Lincoln Land Community College in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum and will feature several Road Scholar speakers offered by Illinois Humanities. Reservations are not required.

February 18: “Two Centuries to Celebrate: Illinois at the Bicentennial,”  Dr. Samuel Wheeler
March 18: “This Land Was Your Land: Native Americans, Globalization and Treaties,” Dr. Michael Wiant
April 15: “Becoming A State: The Illinois Way,”  Tara McClellan McAndrew
May 20: “Binding Our State Together: Canals, Railroads, Postal Services and Roads,” Dr. Norman Moline
June 17: “Illinois Antislavery and the Struggle For Freedom,” Jeanne Schulz Angel
July 15: “Building Illinois: Entrepreneurialism Flourishes, Workers Rise” Mike Matejka
August 19: “Farming in the Great Corn Belt: 200 Years of Challenges, Choices & Changes,” Don Meyer
September 16: “Illinois in Art & Literature, 1818 to 2017,” Laura Mueller
October 21: “From Prairie to Farm to City: Music To Commemorate Illinois’s Bicentennial,” Phil Passen

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. 

Illinois Products Farmers Market

5/10/2018 - 10/11/2018, Every Thursday: 4 pm - 7 pm
Illinois State Fairgrounds - The Shed, 801 E. Sangamon Ave Springfield, IL 62703

Each week the Illinois Products Farmers Market will feature a musical entertainment, Illinois beer and Illinois wine, and local food truck vendors. Also be on the look-out for our scheduled cooking demonstrations from LLCC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program as they prepare Springfield Clinic's "Recipe of the Week."

Products range from produce, meat, eggs, plants, specialty products, wine and beer - all produced right here in Illinois. 

Old Capitol Farmers Market

5/16/2018 - 10/27/2018, 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.

The market is just steps from the Old State Capitol historic site and you’ll find other sites like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home and Dana-Thomas House-a Frank Lloyd Wright Design nearby!

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. 

Tent America - Awaken the Dawn

9/27/2018 - 9/29/2018, Thursday: 6 pm - Saturday: 9 pm
Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave. Springfield, IL 62703

We are hosting 3 days of prayer, worship and outreach to proclaim the worth and beauty of Jesus Christ our Lord, while praying for our state and nation! 

This is a unity movement, inviting ministries and churches from all over Illinois, and people of various denominations, ethnicity, and age.  We will also send teams into the city to proclaim the gospel of peace, and invite the public to this event! 

Please join us beginning Thursday night at 6pm and continuing, day and night, until Saturday night at 9pm.  To learn more about this movement, please visit and visit our Facebook page "Awaken The Dawn - Illinois".  For more information, please email, referencing the Springfield Visitor's Bureau for how you heard about it.  Blessings ~ We look forward to seeing you there!

Movie Under the Lights

9/28/2018 - 9/29/2018, 6 pm
Bomke's Patch, 605 Country Lane Rd Springfield, IL

Come watch a holiday favorite under the lights with us! Food/drinks available for purchase. Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. Movie starts at DUSK!!!

Friday night "Hocus Pocus" and Saturday night: "Ghostbusters" (1984)

VIOLET - The Broadway Musical

9/28/2018 - 9/30/2018, Thursday: 7 pm; Friday & Saturday: 8 pm & Sunday: 2 pm
The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence Ave. Springfield, IL 62704
The Legacy is proud to present the regional premiere of the new Broadway musical, "Violet".

In 1964, with a suitcase and a hopeful heart, a young woman boards a Greyhound bus for a journey through the south, to a preacher she believes can heal a childhood wound.  With music ranging from bluegrass to gospel to rockabilly, you'll fall in love with "Violet." 

1776 The Musical at the Old State Capitol

9/28/2018 - 9/30/2018, F & Sa: 8 pm; Su: 2 pm
Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza Springfield, IL 62701
Experience an historic night! 1776 The Musical will be performed in Representative Hall at the Old State Capitol. Special reserved seating will be allowed on the legislative floor.

The Portuguese Rodeo Clown Company

9/28/2018 - 9/29/2018, 8 pm
Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. 6th St Springfield, IL 62701
Two hours of live improv comedy done with absolutely no script. Five actors take the stage and create two hours of live theatre in a series of scenes created only from audience suggestions and input. If you enjoy "Whose Line is it Anyway" or "The Second City", this is your show. The show features Mark C. Holden, Johnny Molson, Patrick Russell, Mary Kate Smith & Mary Young.

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