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JFK at the ALPLM
2/15/19 - 5/19/19
Springfield
An exhibition of photographs tracing John F. Kennedy’s private life and public trajectory opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb. 15. Some are iconic images of Camelot, while many have rarely been seen before. “American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times” shows Kennedy as a joyful boy playing in the ocean and a troubled president working in the Oval Office, as a public figure adored by crowds and a father alone with his baby daughter. Jacqueline Kennedy is there, too – as a happy bride, an elegant first lady and a heartbroken widow.
Elkhart Historical Society April 2019 Flower & Bird Walk w/ Dinner Lecture
4/6/19

Flower Walks - every Saturday in April from 10-2; there are two Bird Walks on Saturday, April 27 at 6 am and 4 pm. The dinner lecture, Adventures with Birds presented by Dr. Tony Rothering will be held on April 2, 5:30 pm at the Wild Hare Cafe. Registration forms and ticket information for each event can be downloaded from the historical society's website: www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org.

Professor Tony Rothering will lead what is possibly the first bird banding demonstration ever held on Elkhart Hill. In addition to the banding demonstration, Rothering is offering a dinner lecture on “Adventures with Birds” a subject which will include more information about bird banding, learning to identify birds and much more

The Wild Hare Café provides all of the delicious meals for our Elkhart Historical Society functions as well as providing the homey atmosphere. We bundle it into an all-inclusive package for price of $40, which includes the meal, tax and tip, plus $10 for the Elkhart Historical Society.

Skyview Opening Weekend Event
4/12/19 - 4/14/19
Litchfield
SkyView Drive-In announces a special Opening Weekend Event Friday April 12th & Saturday April 13th with a New Release Double Feature. Price is $5 per person, with movies to be announced.
Historian Douglas Brinkley Discusses JFK and the Race to Space
4/12/19
Springfield

Friday, April 12 at 6:30 pm, during his visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, historian Douglas Brinkley examines how in less than 10 years, the United States went from losing the space race to landing on the moon – achieving a nearly impossible goal set by President John Kennedy. Mr. Brinkley will discuss the scramble to reach the moon as he did in his book “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race”. In it he examined the Cold War politics behind JFK’s challenge, the technology that made it possible, and the astronauts, engineers and politicians who pulled it off.

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!

13th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
5/4/19
Joliet

The 13th Annual Red Carpet Corridor Festival traverses 13 Communities from Joliet to Towanda along a 90-mile stretch of Old Route 66 that collectively celebrates the Mother Road. Each town puts together its own events for that Saturday, making for a great shopping and sight-seeing experience. Gather the family and take a trip down memory lane. Towns include Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington and Towanda.

Old Rugged Barn Presents: "Field of Dreams"
5/11/19
Towanda
Celebrate the Red Carpet Corridor with a Field of Dreams-style vintage baseball game, as well as a flea market, craft vendors, food, live music and a movie marathon. Make a day of it at Towanda's coolest venue, The Old Rugged Barn!
5th Annual Blue Carpet Corridor Festival - Miners, Mobsters & the Mother Road
5/18/19 - 5/19/19
Chatham

Route 66 enthusiasts and car club members will be motoring on the Illinois Route 66 Blue Carpet Corridor Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, to celebrate the famous “Main Street of America” on the Blue Carpet Corridor Coalition's fourth annual festival weekend. From Chatham south to Collinsville on several historic alignments of Route 66, fourteen communities will be highlighting the Miners, Mobsters, and Mother Road history of this section of Route 66.
2019 Route 66 Association of Illinois Motor Tour & Hall of Fame Banquet
6/7/19 - 6/9/19
Lincoln

The 2019 Motor Tour is traveling north to south this year, with the Hall of Fame banquet at the American Legion in Lincoln. Banquet in Lincoln prepared by Kurt Wendlandt, cook at Lincoln College.
Illinois State Fair in Springfield
8/8/19 - 8/18/19
Springfield

You get everything you can possibly imagine when you attend the Illinois State Fair in Springfield this August, including top-notch performers at the grandstand shows!
2019 Berwyn Route 66 Car Show
8/24/19
Berwyn

The Berwyn Route 66 Car Show is the area's best and biggest car show born from the rich automotive heritage of Berwyn's Historic Route 66. Berwyn's show takes visitors on a stroll through 500+ vintage and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Highlights include live music, automobile flamethrowing and a cacklefest of dragsters that will thrill spectators! Held annually the last Saturday in August.

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!
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.

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. There will be other Route 66 sessions, and a car show on Sunday.
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