“General W.H.L. Wallace at Fort Donelson and Shiloh” presented by Dan Schott and Ron Slack.
Both Dan Schott and Ron Slack are members of the Civil War Round Table based out of Ottawa, Illinois. Ottawa is also the burial site of General Wallace, who General Ulysses S. Grant called one of his best generals.
A Civil War Drive Through Oak Ridge Cemetery: A Private, A Daughter, and A Colonel
The Summer Civil War Series will begin with a Civil War Cemetery Drive on Thursday, June 13. The event will start at 5:15 pm at Oak Ridge Cemetery. At each of the three grave sites, a program of music and a talk about the individual will be presented:
- Governor John Tanner, a private in the Civil War, discussed by John Alexander and Chuck Murphy with music from the Old Capitol Choral Singers
- Nellie Grant Jones, the daughter of General U.S. Grant with Larry Werline portraying General U.S. Grant and Jeannie Alexander telling the story of his daughter. Civil War aires will be played on violin by Rachel Helton
- Colonel Samuel Shoup, the last Civil War-time commander of the 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry will be chronicled by Richard Shatchsiek, current Colonel of the 114th Reactivated. The musicians of the 114th Reactivated will begin a variety of tunes,
The first Wednesday of the 2018 Market season. Springfield’s longest-running and most popular Farmers Market in beautiful #downtown Springfield. Open between May-October 8 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Join us on the first Saturday of April as more than 10k runners from many states and countries take in Abraham Lincoln sites during this scenic half marathon. This USATF certified course will immerse you in Lincoln history unlike any other race! This is an official Illinois Bicentennial Event.
Organizers say Springfield’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the biggest downstate parade to celebrate the “luck o’ the Irish.” The 34th Annual Parade with the theme “ShamRock ‘n Roll” kicks off at the “craic o’ noon” on Saturday, March 17 and thousands of viewers are expected along the parade route.
The parade starts on Jefferson & 6th heading west to 5th; Heading south on 5th to Capitol; Heading North on 6th to the Reviewing Stand, (this is our Family Friendly Area) then to Washington heading east, back to the beginning; the Horace Mann parking lot. Review the parade route>
- Streets will close at 9 am on Saturday morning and reopen at 6 am on Sunday
- For the first time, there is a St. Patrick’s Day Parade Race from 9-10 am; Race starts and finishes on Washington between 5th and 6th.
- 6th Street is considered Family Viewing area and 5th Street is considered more of the party street
- The Hy-Vee Family Fun Fair will be 1-4 pm and is located at the Old State Capitol
- Several parking lots in the area will charge one $5 fee for the day, including lots at 2nd and Washington, south of Obed’s on 6th Street behind the AT&T building, and the county lot on Adams across from the convention center. Free parking is available at the lots on 4th St. behind Augie’s and The Alamo.
- If you plan to consume alcohol outdoors, you must purchase a $1 wristband from retail establishments. Patrons who purchase will be allowed to have open containers on 5th Street between Monroe and Jefferson after the parade is over and while bars are open. No glass or coolers are allowed in the Parade area.
- “I need a ride.” If you overindulge from 4 pm to 5 am, ask a bar manager for a cab voucher, courtesy of the SPD and Fire Department. Take your numbered voucher to pick up points at 4th and Adams or 6th and Adams. Lincoln Cab Co. will be there to take you home anywhere in Springfield. This safety program is paid for by the department’s DUI budget funded by previous offenders’ fees.