2018 Schedule

The festival planning committee is busy finalizing this year's schedule.  Check back often for updates!  
(Each presentation is numbered so that you can easily locate additional details on the presentation at the bottom of the page.)

F R E E   E V E N T S

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Friday, July 20
1 pm

Bloomington Public Library (205 E. Olive Street)
1 pm - Classic Children's Film about Lincoln - Community Room


5 pm

Bloomington Public Library (205 E. Olive Street)
 Deadline to submit Lincoln Coloring Contest entries at the Children's Department Desk
**When attending Lincoln Festival programs in the Community Room on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, be sure to enter your name into the drawing for a copy of the Illinois Blue Book 2017-2018 Bicentennial Edition.  the winner's name will be drawn on Monday, July 23.**

McLean County Museum of History, Ensenberger Condominiums and Heritage Plaza in Downtown Bloomington (200 N. Main Street and surrounding block)
 History comes to life in Downtown Bloomington with Encounters with Lincoln’s World.  Simultaneous performances by costumed actors will feature individuals who lives, worked and traveled through the McLean County landscape in the 1800s. 

In celebration of our state's Bicentennial, these dramatized stories of ordinary people adapting to extraordinary times commemorate real Hometown Heroes.  This historical journey with members of the Historic Acting Troupe spans the generations and the miles, highlighting sights, sounds and ideas that echoed throughout the state and the nation. 

Encounters performances will be held inside the McLean County Museum of History, Ensenberger Condominiums and Heritage Plaza in Downtown Bloomington.
(Helpful Hint: To see all performances, begin rounds by 6:20 pm.) The last performances will begin at 7:40 pm and end at 8 pm.


Saturday, July 21
9 am

Bloomington Public Library (205 E. Olive Street) - Activities continue until 4 pm unless otherwise noted
Lincoln Craft for Children
Patriotic Pin Craft for Teens - teenZone. Enter to win a Lincoln-inspired gift!  The winner's name will be drawn on Monday after the festival
Children's Coloring Contest Winners Announced; entries on display

David Davis Mansion (1000 Monroe Drive) - Activities continue until 4 pm unless otherwise noted
Wheels Through Time: A Historic Bike Exhibit  
Enjoy tours of the Davis Mansion and Sarah's Garden given by docents
 Bloomington Cycle and Fitness will have the latest bikes on display, including electric bikes
Meet the Peoria Wheelmen
 Healing Rides, an organization that gives rides to folks who can no longer ride themselves

Franklin Park (Chestnut Street at Prairie Street) - Activities continue until 4 pm unless otherwise noted
B-N Jaycees Car Show (Continues until 1 pm)
Self-Guided Walking Historical House Tour (Pick-up guide at Information Tent) 
Picnic-Style Food available for purchase
Free Carriage Rides around the Franklin Park Neighborhood (Rides begin at the east corner of Chestnut Street at McLean Street) 

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) - Activities continue until 4 pm unless otherwise noted
Civil War Era Encampment - Visit the encampment and talk with the members of the Cavalry

McLean County Museum of History and Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center Opens (200 N. Main Street) - Activities continue until 4 pm unless otherwise noted
Museum Opens
 Finding Lincoln’s Friends Scavenger Hunt - inside the Museum (Continues until 4 pm)
 So You Think You Know Lincoln and Kicking It on Route 66 Trivia Games (Prizes will be awarded for correct answers!) - First Floor Rotunda
 Looking for Lincoln Scavenger Hunt - Downtown
 Pedal Power! On display will be the personal pedal car collection of long-time State Farm executive Bruce Callis. This exhibit will feature dozens of child-sized autos which spans fifty years of pedal car production from the 1920s through the 1970s. 


9:30 am

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) 
Suds and Honey Pots


10 am

Bloomington Public Library (205 E Olive Street) 
Judging of Lincoln Coloring Contest Entries (Entries on display)
 The Pantagraph Presents Lincoln's in Town! a recording of an original dramatization of Abraham Lincoln's sojourns in Bloomington, Illinois (1) - Community Room

Franklin Park (Chestnut Street at Prairie Street) - Activities continue until 4 pm unless otherwise noted
Children's Activity Tent - 19th Century-style Saturday in the Park with crafts and children's period games
Professional Face Painting by Wild Style Design Company
Not-for-Profits with lots of activities for the kids
 Double Double by Nancy Steele Brokaw, directed by Enrico Spada.  Want to meet William Shakespeare AND Abraham Lincoln? How about three dastardly witches, a king or two, and a funny talking wall? You can! They are together in Double, Double, a fun, fast-paced show for the young and young-at-heart. Look over there! That's Abraham Lincoln sitting on a bench outside the McLean County Courthouse. He's wrestling with a decision that will change his life and the life of his country. Who can help him? Why, William Shakespeare, of course! This beloved writer has been Lincoln's go-to guy since childhood. Both Lincoln and Shakespeare rose from humble beginnings to outshine expectations and they will teach you how to do that, too. Join us as we meet two of history's biggest superstars, hear real Shakespeare words, have some laughs, be inspired, and even learn a line or two.

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street)
 
Firearms Safety

McLean County Museum of History and Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center Opens (200 N. Main Street) 
  Lincoln and Route 66 Craft Activities - First Floor Rotunda (continues until 1 pm)


10:30 am

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street)
Nursing the Soldier Back to Health


11 am

Bloomington Public Library (205 E Olive Street) 
 Enjoy the music of Dale Evans on the Dulcimer - Patio (continues until 2 pm) - while waiting for the wagon ride between the Library and Franklin Park

David Davis Mansion (1000 Monroe Drive) 
 Two Hundred Years of Bicycles: Technological Development and Changes in Social Acceptance, 1817-2018 with Dr. Thomas Burr, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois State University
Early History of Bicycling in Illinois presented by Christopher Sweet, Bicycle Historian, Illinois Wesleyan University (8)

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) 
Games Horses Play

McLean County Museum of History and Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center Opens (200 N. Main Street)
Lincoln in Downtown Bloomington Walking Tour with Greg Koos starts inside Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center at the Museum


11:30 am

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street)
What's All that Stuff on Your Horse? 


Noon

David Davis Mansion (1000 Monroe Drive) 
Slow Bike Races - Bring your bike and and participate in a slow race. The objective of a slow race is simple: to be the last one across the finish line without putting a foot down.  No backward movement allowed.  The course will be about 30 feet long.  Depending on interest there will be multiple heats and categories.  Prizes will be awarded. 

Franklin Park (Chestnut Street at Prairie Street) 
The Clinton Uke Crazies - enjoy this popular group’s performance of Civil War songs on ukuleles (continues until 2 pm)

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) 
The Vivandiere - Daughter of the Regiment


12:30 pm

David Davis Mansion (1000 Monroe Drive) 
Slow Bike Races - Bring your bike and and participate in a slow race. The objective of a slow race is simple: to be the last one across the finish line without putting a foot down.  No backward movement allowed.  The course will be about 30 feet long.  Depending on interest there will be multiple heats and categories.  Prizes will be awarded. 

McLean County Museum of History and Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center (200 N. Main Street) 
 
The True Story of Mary Lincoln presented by historical actor Betty Kay (5) - 2nd Floor Courtroom

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street)
 
Firearms Tactics


1 pm

Bloomington Public Library (205 E Olive Street) 
 
Jesse Fell, Lincoln and Illinois State University presented by April Anderson, University Archivist of Dr. Jo Ann Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University (2) -
Community Room
 Don't Lose Your Marbles ... Modern Marble Games and Activities.  Lincoln loved books, but he also enjoyed the game of  marbles.  Join us for marble games, marble painting, marble racing, and marble bowling - Children's Story Room (continues until 4 pm)

 IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) 
Saber and Fencing Tactics


1:30 pm

 IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street)
Horse Hoof Care and Trimming 


2 pm

David Davis Mansion (1000 Monroe Drive) 
Two Hundred Years of Bicycles: Technological Development and Changes in Social Acceptance, 1817-2018 with Dr. Thomas Burr, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois State University
Early History of Women's Cycling in Illinois presented by Christopher Sweet, Bicycle Historian, Illinois Wesleyan University (9)

Franklin Park (Chestnut Street at Prairie Street) 
Lincoln on Education and the Law presented by Abraham Lincoln (Kevin Wood) ????? 

 IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street)
 
Civil War Embalming  (Move to Battlefield at 2:45 pm)

McLean County Museum of History and Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center (200 N. Main Street) 
2 pm - Writing Women into Route 66 History with Cheryl Eichar Jett (6) - 2nd Floor Courtroom


3 pm

Bloomington Public Library (205 E Olive Street) 
 
The Building of the Illinois Central Railroad presented by Don Chamberlain (3) - Community Room

David Davis Mansion (1000 Monroe Drive) 
 Casual Ride – All are invited to join us for a cycle down the Constitution Trail and back ending at the new brewpub, Keg Grove.

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) 
Skirmish at Battlefield


3:30 pm

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) 
Visit the Encampment  (Closes at 4 pm)


4 pm

Ewing Manor Cultural Center - 48 Sunset Road, Bloomington (Emmerson & Towanda) 
 Lincoln and Shakespeare (3rd presentation in Shakespeare in the Land of Lincoln Symposium) - Spotlight Speaker, Michael Anderegg, Ph.D., a professor of English and author of Lincoln and Shakespeare. (7)  Dr. Anderegg has also written several other books including Cinematic Shakespeare and Orson Welles, Shakespeare, and Popular Culture.  (Reservations are recommended - Click Here).


*****  Free Wagon and Trolley Rides take visitors to all festival sites in Bloomington - 10 am - 4 pm  *****


Sunday, July 22
9 am

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) 
Church Service


10 am

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) 
The Mobile Cavalry Surgeon

McLean County Museum of History and Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center (200 N. Main Street)
 So You Think You Know Lincoln and Kicking It on Route 66 Trivia Games (Prizes will be awarded for correct answers!) - First Floor Rotunda (continues until 2 pm)
 Lincoln and Route 66 Craft Activities - First Floor Rotunda (continues until 1 pm)


10:30 am

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street)
 
Games Horses Play


11 am

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) 
The Vivandiere - Daughter of the Regiment


11:30 am

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street)
Firearms Safety with Firearms, Saber and Fencing Tactics 


12:15 pm

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) 
 Horse Hoof Care and Trimming


12:45 pm

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) 
Nursing the Soldier Back to Health


1 pm

Bloomington Public Library (205 E Olive Street) - Activities continue until 5 pm unless otherwise noted
Lincoln Craft for Children
Patriotic Pin Craft for Teens - teenZone. Enter to win a Lincoln-inspired gift!  The winner's name will be drawn on Monday after the festival

McLean County Museum of History and Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center (200 N. Main Street)
 Illustrated 8th Circuit presented by Guy Fraker - 2nd Floor Courtroom

Milner Library at Illinois State University (201 N. School Street - Normal)
 View the special collections on Shakespeare and Lincoln (On display until 3 pm)


1:15 pm

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) 
Civil War Embalming (Move to Battlefield at 1:45 pm)


1:30 pm

Bloomington Public Library (205 E Olive Street)
 
1:30-2:45 pm - Lincoln's Lost Speech presented by Abraham Lincoln (Kevin Wood) (4) - Community Room


2 pm

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) 
Skirmish at Battlefield


2:30 pm

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry (Empire at East Street) 
Visit Encampment (Closes at 3 pm)


3:15 pm

Bloomington Public Library (205 E Olive Street)
 3:15 - Music of Lincoln and the American Civil War played by our local Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra 


Events with Entrance Fees

Lincoln's Festival on Route 66 Concerts

 
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Gates open at 5 pm
CEFCU Outdoor Summer Stage
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA) - 600 N. East Street, Bloomington

Friday, July 20 @ 6 pm
The Neverly Brothers


Saturday, July 21 @ 6 pm
Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies

Admission for each night is $20.  Weekend passes good for both nights - $35. 
(Discounted passes ONLY available in advance)
Ticket Office: 309.434.2777 or Buy Tickets

Enjoy great music on the lawn, under the stars, food truck fare, craft and domestic beers.

 


details of presentations 

1. The Pantagraph Presents Lincoln's in Town!, a recording of an original dramatization of Abraham Lincoln's sojourns in Bloomington, Illinois. Written by Robert C. Bray and Nancy Steele Brokaw, the play was presented at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 13-15, 2009.  It follows Lincoln's Bloomington career from his initial appearance as a newly minted lawyer through all of his best-known legal and political appearances in town - including the famous "Lost Speech" of 1856, ending with his funeral train which ran through Bloomington.

2. Jesse Fell, Lincoln and Illinois State University presented by April Anderson.  Ms. Anderson will explore the friendship of Jesse Fell and Abraham Lincoln in their early law days, how this friendship led to Lincoln's serving as the Board of Education's lawyer for Illinois State University, and Fell's influence on Lincoln's run for president.

3. The Building of the Illinois Central Railroad.  Don Chamberlain's presentation will include the reasons for and challenges of building the first major railroad in Illinois.  He will examine why it was built, where it was built, how it was built, how the state's population and identity changed as a result of the building of the Illinois Central and what part did Lincoln play in Illinois Central history.    

4.  Lincoln's Lost Speech presented by Abraham Lincoln (Kevin Wood).  Join us as Abraham Lincoln recreates and reminisces about the "Lost Speech" that was delivered in Bloomington, Illinois on May 29, 1856 in Major's Hall at the Anti-Nebraska Bloomington Convention.  This convention culminated in the founding of the Illinois Republican Party.  Time for questions and answers and a photo-op follow the presentation.

5. The True Story of Mary Lincoln.  Historical actor Betty Kay tells the story of the Lincolns through the eyes of Elizabeth Todd Edwards, sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, who was among the people most closely acquainted with the Lincolns.  She held Mary in her arms on the day she was born and again on the day she died in the Edwards' home in 1882.  She begins her presentation by comparing Mary's childhood experiences with Abraham's and then weaves their lives together.  

6.  Writing Women into Route 66 History.  Cheryl Eichar Jett, author, historian and founder of the Miles of Possibility Route 66 Conference (Edwardsville, IL), will discuss how various women made their mark on Route 66, how women's Route 66 history is evolving and why it is important.  She'll share stories of women who blazed trails in traditionally-male careers, wives who gained fame as the female influence in mom 'n pop hospitality businesses, a few outlaws, free spirits, and others on the fringe of society.

7.  Shakespeare in the Land of LincolnMichael Anderegg describes how Lincoln discovered the Bard's works at a time when they were first being widely distributed and read in America.  The words and stories resonated with the future President.  Anderegg states, "It was to Shakespeare's dramatic universe that Lincoln turned to again and again for intellectual nourishment, emotional support, and sheer pleasure that he could find nowhere else."

8. Early History of Bicycling in Illinois.  Illinois has a rich bicycling history.  This presentation by Christopher Sweet will cover bicycling in Illinois from its beginnings in the 1860s through the end of the bicycle boom of the 1890s.  It will examine manufacturing, racing and social issues.

9. Early History of Women's Cycling in Illinois.  As Christopher Sweet notes, women first began riding in great numbers during the 1890s.  Bicycling gave women greater independence through freedom of movement, spurred on dress reform, and challenged gender roles.  Whether women should ride at all was hotly debated.  This presentation will cover these topics through 1900 and has options for audience participation.