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Route 66 Half Marathon
10/22/17 - 10/22/19
Litchfield
RaceMaker Productions is excited to announce the fifth annual Litchfield Half Marathon, 5k, and Mile Dash! If you are looking to race your best half marathon ever, with perfect late fall running conditions, on the fastest course in the midwest-then this is Your Race! 
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.

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.

 

EHS Dinner Lecture 10/25 “Conn’s Hospitality Group“
10/25/19
Elkhart
The Elkhart Historical Society is pleased to present Court and Karen Conn as our October 25th dinner lecture speakers, at Horsefeather’s Wild Hare Café in Elkhart Illinois at 104 Gov Oglesby St.   This dynamic duo has created a wonderful assortment of businesses in Springfield, Peoria and most recently Elkhart, that comprise Conn’s Hospitality group. Come enjoy the Conn’s in person as they describe the creation of their hospitality dream “From Then to Now”.  Seven decades of successful ventures have now fashioned such well known landmarks as the Inn at 835, Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery, Wm. Van’s Coffee House, Merchant House and the latest endeavor the Historic Gillett Farm in Elkhart Illinois.
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! 
West Fork Encampment
10/26/19 - 10/27/19
Litchfield
This is a gathering of many Nations to honor and show our respects to all veterans. Everyone is encouraged to come and learn about Native American cultures. There will be storytelling for young and old, children’s dances, treats and gifts, handcrafted vendors, food, auctions, raffles, and much more. Many representatives from different Tribal Nations include: Powhatan, Cherokee, Blackfoot, Cree, Choctaw, Sac/Fox, Pottawatomi, Oneida, Navaho/Dine, Lakota, Cheyenne, Kickapoo, Mohawk, and more.
Local, State and Federal partners to host 2nd annual “Bison Crawl” on Saturday, Nov. 2 – National Bison Day
11/2/19
Wilmington
Celebrate bison, America’s National Mammal, on Saturday, Nov. 2 – National Bison Day. Local, State and Federal partners will host the 2nd annual Bison Crawl at sites throughout the Prairie State. The purpose of the Bison Crawl is to raise awareness of the historical significance of bison and their importance to the prairies. From prairie food demonstrations to nature hikes and more, there will be something for everyone along the Bison Crawl trail! We hope to see you at one of these educational sites:  
EHS Dinner Lecture 11/08 “Conn’s Hospitality Group“
11/8/19
Elkhart
Due to the immediate sell- out of Court and Karen Conn’s October 25th dinner lecture, a second night featuring this dynamic duo has been scheduled for Friday November 8th.  This Elkhart Historical Society event will be held at Horsefeather’s Wild Hare Café in Elkhart Illinois at 104 Gov Oglesby St.   

 

The Elkhart Historical Society is pleased to present Court and Karen Conn as our November 8th dinner lecture speakers, at Horsefeather’s Wild Hare Café in Elkhart Illinois at 104 Gov Oglesby St.   This dynamic duo has created a wonderful assortment of businesses in Springfield, Peoria and most recently Elkhart, that comprise Conn’s Hospitality group. Come enjoy the Conn’s in person as they describe the creation of their hospitality dream “From Then to Now”.  Seven decades of successful ventures have now fashioned such well known landmarks as the Inn at 835, Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery, Wm. Van’s Coffee House, Merchant House and the latest endeavor the Historic Gillett Farm in Elkhart Illinois.

Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival
11/29/19
Joliet
The Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival in Joliet is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving each year. Activities begin at 10:00am and include the Renaissance Center Fun Fair, activities in the Joliet Historical Museum, Joliet Public Library, Gji's Sweet Shoppe, Jitters Coffeehouse, Chicken-N-Spice, The Red Goose Bakery and more.
Carlinville Christmas Market
12/6/19
Carlinville
The Carlinville Christmas Market takes place on the first full weekend in December - Friday & Saturday. The Market has retained its earlier romance by presenting bright, white tents lined with the arts and crafts of talented artisans, food vendors, trolley tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, costumed carolers and street performers, children's activities, and other holiday attractions.
First Night Springfield
12/31/19
Springfield

The First Night® Springfield is the city’s Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts, presented by the Springfield Area Arts Council. On New Year’s Eve, First Night’s events begin with free children’s hands-on activities and entertainment from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. From 6:00 to 11:15 PM, the city becomes a stage, with over 30 performances taking place on ten stages in downtown Springfield. The early First Night performances, from 6:00 to 7:45 PM, include magicians, jugglers, and dancers, along with jazz and classical guitar. The traditional First Night fireworks display begins at 8:00 PM at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue.

Joliet Public Library Annual Star Wars Day
6/6/20
Joliet
It's a galactic event of galactic proportions! There will be food, music, games, memorabilia and a parade! Star Wars artists, authors and exhibitors will all be there to celebrate this HUGE event in downtown Joliet!
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