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Friday Night Dinner at the Palms Grill Cafe
11/3/17 - 3/23/18
Atlanta

The Atlanta Public Library and Museum will host a series of Dinner Programs at the Palms Grill Cafe from November 2017 through March 2018. The events will feature local speakers who will present after-dinner programs at the Palms Grill Cafe, located at 110 SW Arch Street in downtown Atlanta. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm, with the evening’s program starting at 7pm.

Illinois 200 Bicentennial Celebration 1818-2018
12/3/17 - 12/3/18
Springfield
Year long kick off events for the Illinois Bicentennial begin on December 3rd, 2017at Winter Wonderland at Navy Pier in Chicago and at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield. Illinois Route 66 will be prominently featured throughout the year.
First Fridays
1/5/18 - 12/7/18
Bloomington-Normal
Top among DBA’s events is First Friday!  Held on the first Friday of each month, this recurring local cultural and social event showcases the visual arts and artists for the purpose of art education, visibility and the opportunity to purchase and collect art.
Elkhart Historical Society Dinner Lecture Series
1/26/18 - 4/13/18
Elkhart

The Dinner Lecture Series takes place January 26, February 23, March 16 and April 13 with dinner from the Wildhare Cafe

Logan County Arts - "Art of Time"
2/8/18 - 3/4/18
Lincoln
To open their 2018 exhibit season, Logan County Arts members will be contemplating the “Art of Time”. Their latest show will debut on Thursday, Feb. 8 with a reception from 5 to 8 pm at the Lincoln Art Institute, 112 S. McLean St, Lincoln. In addition to viewing the artworks and enjoying refreshments and music, visitors will be able to discuss the works with the artists themselves.
"A Walk Back in Time - Peoples of the Past" - Dr. Dennis Campbell
2/23/18
Elkhart
The Elkhart Historical Society announces the return of Dr. Dennis Campbell at 5:30 pm on Friday, February 23rd with his newest dinner lecture entitled “A Walk Back in Time – Peoples of the Past Within Illinois.” This illustrated dinner lecture at the Wild Hare Café in the Horsefeathers Shop, Elkhart, Illinois, will talk about how Native Americans and Pioneers would have interacted with the environment and how they had to adapt to the land and its resources. He will touch on cultures as far back as 12,000 years ago during the Paleo-Indian time, through the Archaic, Woodland and Mississippian eras, and then to the more recent Kickapoo farmers and Pioneer settlers.
The Recent Archaeological Findings at the Noble-Wieting Site
2/24/18
Bloomington-Normal
In honor of the Bicentennial of Illinois, the Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. G. Logan Miller, assistant professor of anthropology at Illinois State University, will present a program about the recent archaeological findings at the Noble-Wieting Site this past summer. This free, public program will be held in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom.
Maple Sirup Experience Tours
3/3/18
McLean
Join us for the Funks Grove Maple Sirup Experience at Sugar Grove Nature Center.
"Resistance and Progress: 1960 to the Present
3/3/18
Bloomington-Normal

Join the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project (BNBHP) and the Museum for a special program to reboot the Black History Project’s oral history and collections efforts.

Resistance & Progress: Then & Now
3/3/18
Bloomington-Normal
Resistance & Progress: Then & Now - Bloomington-Normal Black History Project Reboot. Join the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project (BNBHP) and the Museum for a special program to reboot the Black History Project’s oral history and collections efforts, Saturday, March 03, 2018, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Castle Gardens Home and Garden Tours
3/4/18 - 10/11/18
Lexington

With professional ease and enthusiasm, your Castle Gardens hosts, the Wrights, will take you on a tour that gives a glimpse of Victorian culture and shares the history of their family home, the Castle. From the billiard room to the ballroom, come experience this local gem first hand. Tours are offered monthly on select Thursdays and Sundays, from 1-3pm, by reservation.

Lunch and Learn: Lincoln at 15
3/8/18
Bloomington-Normal
Lincoln at Fifteen: the maturing of his self-education presented by Robert Bray.

We will look at the influence of two texts Lincoln discovered sometime around his fifteenth year, while still living in Indiana. Both would profoundly influence him throughout his political and personal life. One is familiar: the Declaration of Independence; the other, much less so: Thomas Gray’s ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ (1751).

Dr. G. Logan Miller’s research and publications cover topics related to lithic technology and Midwestern prehistory. He has also directed archaeological field schools in Illinois and Ohio. 

Jump in the Painting - The Restoration of the C&M Carousel
3/11/18 - 9/9/18
Lexington


Local artisans Chuck and Mary Beth Wright share their restoration story of the C&M Carousel. Ticket includes Carousel ride and band organ performance. Approximately 2 hours. $20 general admission, $5 for children 12 and under. Jump in the Painting is offered on Sunday March 11th, April 8th, July 15th and September 9th, from 1-3pm, by reservation.

Caterpillar, Inc.: A Legacy of the Great War in Central Illinois
3/13/18
Bloomington-Normal
The Museum is pleased to welcome Lee Fosburgh, Supervisor of Caterpillar Corporate Heritage Services, who will present a program on how the First World War helped shape the company we know as Caterpillar, Inc. today. This free, public program will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom.
Spring Bloom Arts Festival
3/17/18
Bloomington-Normal
This festival is a juried show of fine art and craft that features 70 exhibitors from across the nation.
The Original American Passion Play
3/17/18 - 4/7/18
Bloomington-Normal

The American Passion Play takes you to Palestine, 30 A.D. You’ll travel with Christ, seeing the world as He saw it. You’ll follow His ministry and life from the Sermon on the Mount to the Resurrection and Ascension. You’ll hear His words, as vital to you now as they were to the people of his time.
One State, 200 Years, Four Presidents
3/23/18 - 12/31/18
Springfield
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will help celebrate the state’s 200th birthday with a major new exhibit about the four presidents who have called Illinois their home. This exhibit, entitled “From Illinois to the White House:  Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama,” will explore their connections to the Prairie State, their political battles, the first ladies who helped them succeed and much more.
Litchfield Spring Duathlon
3/31/18
Litchfield

Come take part in the Litchfield Spring Duathlon, a USAT Sanctioned duathlon. Run 2 miles, bike 12 miles and run 2 miles. 

Dr. King, I Remember...local reflections on the 50th anniversary of the assassination
4/5/18
Bloomington-Normal

A multimedia presentation of remembrances of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the impact he had on individuals, will be dramatically presented. Interviews of local McLean County residents will be incorporated into letters to Dr. King interspersed with some of his letters and speeches as a tribute to him. 

Hwy 55 Cruise In
4/7/18
Litchfield
Just for Fun, 50’s Style Diner Cruise Inn at Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries. 2018 dates are April 7, May 12, June 9, July 7, August 11, September 8, and October 13.
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