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Concert at the Carillon

10/1/2017 - 4/29/2018, Every Sunday: 2 pm & 4 pm
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.


Concert at the Carillon

10/4/2017 - 4/25/2018, Every Wednesday: Noon
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.


Uncovering Our Rich History Celebrating African-American History Month

2/1/2018 - 2/28/2018, Various Times throughout February

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.

 



IL Bicentennial Speaker Series

2/18/2018 - 10/21/2018, 2 pm

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


Gallery Talk: A Look Inside the Toy Box

2/20/2018, 7 pm - 8 pm
Join curator John Lustig on a walking tour of the exhibition "Toy Box Inspiration Through Play." Toys are an opportunity to play, learn and ultimately serve as a repository for memory. The history of toy manufacturing in Illinois is rooted deeply in the culture, as are artists who source toys and games as a means for their expression. The talk will highlight the intersections between creative industry and artistic expression.



ISM Brown Bag Lecture Series

2/21/2018, 12 pm - 1 pm
This program will focus on African American historical pioneers and figures from Central Illinois and the activities and exhibits that have helped to tell the authentic stories told at the Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum. Doris Bailey will talk about the history of the Museum and Pioneer William “Billy the Barber,” his grandson George Richardson (falsely accused in 1908 Race Riot), and his great-grandson Major Otis B. Duncan (highest ranking African American soldier during World War I). Nell Clay will discuss the many activities and exhibits presented by the Museum; especially their newest exhibit on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The King Exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of his assassination on April 4, 1968.

Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield.


SCHEELS TaylorMade Golf Custom Fitting Event

2/21/2018, 2 pm - 7 pm
Get the Perfect “Fit” at the SCHEELS Golf Fitting Event.
Join SCHEELS Experts and TaylorMade Representative for a custom club fitting. See what’s NEW with TaylorMade Golf for 2018!
Exclusive Register to Win Opportunities for Participants! Registration: Pre-Registration is recommended. Call SCHEELS Event Office 217.726.6330 to register.
Walk-Ins taken on an “as available” basis.


Springfield Jr. Blues Hockey Game

2/22/2018 - 2/24/2018, Th & F: 7:05 pm; Sa: 6:05 pm
Jr. Blues vs  Minnesota Magicians


Ron White Live

2/22/2018, 8 pm
Comedian Ron "Tater Salad" White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but now as a chart-topping Grammy-nominated comedian and a feature film actor, Ron White has established himself as a star in his own right. White has always been a classic storyteller. His stories relay tales from his real life, ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to sharing stories of his daily life to becoming one of the most successful comedians in America.


The Boat Show

2/23/2018 - 2/25/2018, F: 2 pm - 9 pm, Sa: 10 am - 7 pm, Su: 10 am - 5 pm
Over 100 new boats will be on display at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  Boat will be offered by 7 central Illinois dealers ready to make great deals to get you on the water.


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