Downtown Springfield is celebrating the birthday of one of its most beloved presidents by hosting celebratory events at multiple Springfield historic sites. Here is the full line up:
Old State Capitol State Historic Site
Feb. 11 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The site will celebrate the contributions that women on the home front made during the Civil War. Women portraying the Soldiers’ Aid Society will demonstrate rolling bandages, knitting warm clothing for sick soldiers and more.
Noon – 2 p.m. There will be supplies for visitors to make Valentine’s cards with a discussion on Victorian courting customs
6 pm – There will be a free presentation about Lincoln’s surprising support for a constitutional amendment that would have protected slavery.
Feb. 12 – 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The Old State Capitol welcomes the Springfield International Folk Dancers. They will present the music and dance of Lincoln’s era, complete with chances for visitors to join the performance if they want.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Feb. 12 – Free admission to the Museum. Lincoln’s stovepipe hat and a 28-diamond necklace he gave to Mary will be on display that day and for the rest of February.
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The Liberty Clarinet Quartet, part of the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, will perform. Actors portraying characters from history (such as Mary Lincoln and a Civil War soldier) will greet museum visitors and answer questions.
Noon – There’s a $30 luncheon with a presentation by the author of “Lincoln’s Greatest Journey.”
2 p.m. – A free presentation with two authors of books (one of them a murder
mystery) introducing readers to daily life at the executive mansion.
Feb. 13 – Living history interpreters will visit.
Lincoln Home Federal Historic Site at 426 South 7th Street
Author Dan Van Haften will be signing copies of his newly released book, The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address.
Feb. 11 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Feb. 12 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm