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Life on the Titanic
4/13/19 - 10/31/19
Pontiac

On April 13, 2019, coinciding with the date of the ship's maiden voyage, come visit the opening of a Selle-Agner exhibit, "Life on the Titanic".  Presented to portray the life and times of the ship, its passengers, and the elegant Edwardian Age. The items on display are contemporaries of those that sank on the famed ship as well as items from the rescued ship.

Litchfield Pickers Market
4/14/19 - 10/13/19
Litchfield

The Litchfield Pickers Market will return, for its fifth year, every second Sunday of the month from April to October, with the exact 2019 market dates being: April 14, May 12, June 9, July14, August 11, September 8, and October 13. Mark your calendar NOW and plan to visit downtown Litchfield, Illinois between 9 AM to 3 PM. This year is going to be a great one!

Giant Lincoln Sculpture Coming to Springfield
5/22/19 - 9/20/20
Springfield
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the City of Springfield will host the exhibition of American realist Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture, beginning with a spectacular installation process on May 22. A crane will lift the two figures, Lincoln and his companion, high into the air before they are set in place and affixed on their base Wednesday. This monumental-scale piece is the enlarged version of Johnson’s original work of art commissioned for Gettysburg Plaza in Pennsylvania. The life-scale sculpture stands near the historic Wills House in Gettysburg and depicts President Lincoln gesturing with his famous hat to the bedroom in the Wills House where he finished writing the Gettysburg Address before delivering the speech at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery, Nov. 19, 1863. Beside him stands a “modern man” representing all of us. He holds a gigantic bronze copy of the address in his hands, indicating that these words are as valid to our contemporary life as they were in Lincoln’s time.
In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers World War II
6/6/19 - 1/12/20
Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – The new exhibit “In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers World War II” opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

 

Art Spectacular
9/14/19 - 9/15/19
Springfield
The Mission: It is our mission to foster the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts and cast bells. At Art Spectacular this will be done by combining beautiful original artwork by juried artists, in a beautiful park setting, with beautiful music by local musicians and one of the world’s finest carillons – for the sight and sound enjoyment of art lovers in the Central Illinois area.
Dwight Harvest Days
9/19/19 - 9/22/19
Dwight
4 day event with Craft Show, Live Music, Flea Market, competitions, entertainment, food, car show, tractor show, Children's activities and MORE
Dwight Harvest Days & Annual Basset Waddle
9/19/19 - 9/22/19
Dwight

Dwight's premiere annual event is a great time for the whole family. Enjoy pie baking and pie eating contests, hypnosis/magician, Jr. Karaoke contest, Live Country Music, Live Dixieland Band, All Star Jam Band, Hairbanger's Ball, car show, tractor show and hours of fun!
Collinsville Italian Fest
9/20/19
Carlinville
Channel your inner Italian during the two-day Italian Fest on the streets in Uptown Collinsville. Watch the fierce and messy competition of Grape Stomp, sit back and enjoy an Italian themed parade, put on your running shoes and take part in a 5K Run. And there's more: enjoy a  Bocce Ball Tournament, Miss and Mister Italian Fest Pageant, an Italian Film and Exhibit, live music and great Italian food, the festival offers great entertainment for the entire family.  Free admission. Free parking. 
Abe Lincoln World Record Attempt
9/21/19
Lincoln
The public is invited by the Logan County Tourism Bureau to help break the World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Abe Lincoln at the Logan County Courthouse (601 Broadway Street, Lincoln, IL 62656) on September 21, 2019.
Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival
9/21/19 - 9/22/19
Lincoln

The Annual Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival will be held Saturday/Sunday September 21 & 22 at locations in Lincoln, Illinois, all of which are located on Historic Route 66 – Postville Courthouse State Historic Site, Postville Park, VFW and The Mill Museum. The event is a celebration of the pioneer days that influenced Abraham Lincoln’s early life, including his time as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit.

GTOAA Regional All Pontiac Cruise & Show
9/21/19 - 9/22/19
Pontiac
Proceeds benefit the Pontiac-Oakland Museum, Celebrating 50 years of The Judge, Entertainment, Shows, Tour, Cruise, Fun & More.  Contact Mark Melrose 314-807-2520.
Railsplitter Antique Car Club Cruise In at The Mill
9/21/19 - 9/22/19
Lincoln
The Railsplitter Antique Auto Club has teamed up with the Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County and The Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Festival to host the Antique Car Cruise In. The event will take place Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Mill, 738 S. Washington St. in Lincoln. 
WWII Dinner Lecture Elkhart Historical Society
9/27/19
Elkhart
The D-Day reenactment on Normandy Beach will be the topic of the dinner lecture offered by the Elkhart Historical Society on Friday September 27. Jim Grimaldi, who took part in the event as a paratrooper, will show actual video clips and photos of the event, as well as some of the equipment used to celebrate the 75th anniversary.  A far cry from Grimaldi’s normal routine as a criminal lawyer in Lincoln, the event required hundreds of participants, aircraft and many months of preparation.  
18th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
9/27/19 - 9/29/19
Springfield

Over 1,000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown September 27-29 for a weekend of family fun in the sun and non-stop live music and entertainment! Come celebrate the golden age of Route 66...the cars, the music, the food, the friends - all brought together along Illinois Route 66.

Cemetery Walk 25th Anniversary
10/5/19
Bloomington-Normal
Twenty-five years ago, the Museum, Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and Illinois Voices Theatre—Echoes came together to solve a growing problem in our community—cemetery vandalism. Leaders at these entities realized that there was a great need in our community to educate the public, especially students, about the importance of preserving and respecting cemeteries as part of our collective history. Cemetery vandalism was a major problem, particularly in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery—Bloomington’s oldest cemetery. Thus began the Evergreen Cemetery Walk with its mission of preventing further vandalism and disrespect by teaching members of the community about the historical importance of cemeteries through the voices of the very people buried there. 
Cemetery Walk 25th Anniversary
10/5/19
Bloomington-Normal
Twenty-five years ago, the Museum, Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and Illinois Voices Theatre—Echoes came together to solve a growing problem in our community—cemetery vandalism. Leaders at these entities realized that there was a great need in our community to educate the public, especially students, about the importance of preserving and respecting cemeteries as part of our collective history. Cemetery vandalism was a major problem, particularly in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery—Bloomington’s oldest cemetery. Thus began the Evergreen Cemetery Walk with its mission of preventing further vandalism and disrespect by teaching members of the community about the historical importance of cemeteries through the voices of the very people buried there. 
Cemetery Walk 25th Anniversary
10/6/19
Bloomington-Normal
Twenty-five years ago, the Museum, Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, and Illinois Voices Theatre—Echoes came together to solve a growing problem in our community—cemetery vandalism. Leaders at these entities realized that there was a great need in our community to educate the public, especially students, about the importance of preserving and respecting cemeteries as part of our collective history. Cemetery vandalism was a major problem, particularly in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery—Bloomington’s oldest cemetery. Thus began the Evergreen Cemetery Walk with its mission of preventing further vandalism and disrespect by teaching members of the community about the historical importance of cemeteries through the voices of the very people buried there. 
SPRINGFIELD & CENTRAL ILLINOIS AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM THE 8TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA
10/10/19
Springfield
The Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum (AAHM) will hold its 8thAnnual Fundraising Gala, Honoring Our Heritage, on Thursday October 10, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703.  A Reception and Silent Auction will begin at 6:00 pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.  
5th Annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility Conference
10/17/19 - 10/20/19
Bloomington-Normal

Mark your calendars! The fifth annual Route 66 Miles of Possibility conference will be held in Normal, Illinois, from October 17-20, 2019. The theme is the circus, as Bloomington-Normal was home to famous aerial acts, who sometimes traveled Route 66 with the circus. Keynote speaker is Candacy Taylor, noted author on the topic of The Green Book. There will be other Route 66 sessions, and a car show on Sunday.

Autumn Celebration
10/26/19
McLean
The sound of leaves crunching under your feet, a refreshing chill in the air, and the unmistakable aroma of fall leaves… it must be time for Sugar Grove Nature Center’s Autumn Celebration! 
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