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 - 8 pm

Bloomington Public Library - 205 E. Olive Street

1 pm - Classic Children's Film about Lincoln - Community Room  5 pm - 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

5 - 8 pm - History comes to life in Downtown Bloomington with Encounters with Lincoln’s Bloomington. Hear stories of women and men
seeking better lives, and discover how the trails and rails that paved the way for highways transformed McLean County. Five simultaneous performances by costumed actors will feature individuals who lived, worked and traveled through the McLean County landscape in the 1800s. 

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 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.

 

 

 

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Saturday, July 21

All Day Events - 9 am - 4 pm

McLean County Museum of History and Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center - 200 N. Main Street

 Visit the new permanent exhibit Lincoln in McLean County which explores the lasting connections Lincoln made with the people of this community   Visitors are invited to take a narrated tour of Lincoln sites in Bloomington-Normal (Download the Museum's smartphone app, "Mclean County History in Maps")   Finding Lincoln’s Friends Scavenger Hunt - inside the Museum  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  Visit the new Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 exhibit that tells the story of Dining, Lodging and Travel, which were experienced by both Lincoln and Route 66 travelers.

Bloomington Public Library - 205 E. Olive Street

Crafts for Children and Teens Children's Coloring Contest Winners Announced; entries on display  The Library is a stop for the wagon ride between downtown Bloomington and Franklin Park (10 am - 4pm).

Franklin Park - Chestnut Street at Prairie Street

B-N Jaycees Car Show until 1 pm Children's Activity Tent - Crafts and Children's Period Games Professional Face Painting by Wild Style Design Company Not-for-Profits with lots of activities for the kids 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) Franklin Park is a stop for the wagon ride between downtown Bloomington and Franklin Park (10 am - 4pm).

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry - Empire at East Street
Civil War Era Encampment - Visit the encampment and talk with the members of the Cavalry
Additional activities throughout the day  - refer to Saturday’s hourly schedule.

David Davis Mansion - 1000 Monroe Drive
(9 am - 4 pm)

 Wheels Through Time: A Historic Bike Exhibit  
 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, will be on hand to share information about this great new program   Enjoy tours of the Mansion given by docents (9 am - 4 pm).

FREE Wagon/Trolley Rides - 10 am - 4 pm take visitors to all festival venues in Bloomington

 

 

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Saturday, July 21 (continued)

9 am - 7 pm

David Davis Mansion - 1000 Monroe Drive

9 am - 4 pm - Wheels Through Time: A Historic Bike Exhibit 9 am - 4 pm - Enjoy tours of the Mansion given by docents  11 am - Two Hundred Years of Bicycles: Technological Development and Changes in Social Acceptance, 1817-2018 with Dr. Thomas Burr, Illinois State University 11 am - Early History of Bicycling in Illinois presented by Christopher Sweet, Bicycle Historian, Illinois Wesleyan University
Noon - 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.  2 pm - Two Hundred Years of Bicycles: Technological Development and Changes in Social Acceptance, 1817-2018 with Dr. Thomas Burr, Illinois State University
2 pm - Early History of Women's Cycling in Illinois presented by Christopher Sweet, Bicycle Historian, Illinois Wesleyan University 3 pm - Casual Ride – All are invited to join us for a cycle down the Constitution Trail and back ending at the new brewpub, Keg Grove.

Franklin Park - Chestnut Street at Prairie Street

8 am - Entries arrive for B-N Jaycees Car Show; Car Show continues until 1 pm 10 am - Kids activities begin  10 - 11 am - Guy Fraker, author and Lincoln historian, presents Rails, Trails & Roads of the Eighth Judicial Circuit 11 am - Noon - The Importance of Train Travel at the Turn of the 20th Century (5) presented by Dr. James Matthews, an IWU faculty member for 32 years, and a lifelong rail fan 12 - 2 pm - The Clinton Uke Crazies - enjoy this popular group’s performance of Civil War songs on ukuleles 2 - 3 pm - Lincoln on Education and the Law presented by Abraham Lincoln (Kevin Wood). 

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry - Empire at East Street

9:30 - 10 am - Soap Suds and Honey Pots 10 - 10:30 am - Firearms Safety Demonstration
 10:30 - 11 am - Nursing the Soldier Back to Health 11 -11:30 am - Games Horses Play 11:30 am - Noon - What's All the Stuff on Your Horse? Noon - 12:30 pm - The Vivandiere - Daughter of the Regiment 
12:30 - 1 pm - Firearms Tactics 1 - 1:30 pm - Sabre and Fencing Tactics  1:30 - 2 pm - Horse Hoof Care and Trimming  2 - 2:45 pm - Civil War Embalming  3 - 3:30 pm - Skirmish between the troops - Library Lawn  3 - 4 pm - Lincoln visits the camp grounds
3:30 - 4 pm - Visit the Encampment 4 pm - Camp Closes for the Day.

McLean County Museum of History and Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center -
200 N. Main Street

9 am - Museum Opens  10 am - 1  pm - Lincoln and Route 66 Craft Activities - First Floor Rotunda 11 am - Lincoln in Downtown Bloomington Walking Tour with Greg Koos starts inside Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center at the Museum  10 - 11 am - Kids Question & Answer Session with Abraham Lincoln (Kevin Wood) - 2nd Floor Courtroom 12:30pm - The True Story of Mary Lincoln presented by historical actor Betty Kay (5)(WHERE?)
2 pm - Writing Women into Route 66 History with Cheryl Eichar Jett (6) (WHERE?).

Bloomington Public Library - 205 E Olive Street

9 am  - Library Open10 am - Judging of Lincoln Coloring Contest Entries 10 - 11:30 am - The Pantagraph Presents Lincoln's in Town! a recording of an original dramatization of Abraham Lincoln's sojourns in Bloomington, Illinois (1) - Community Room 11 am - 2 pm - Dale Evans on the Dulcimer -  Patio. Enjoy the music while waiting for the wagon ride between the Library and Franklin Park  11:30 am - Noon - Be sure to bring your camera (or phone) for a Photo-Op with Abraham Lincoln (Kevin Wood) - Community Room  1  - 3 pm - 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  1  - 4 pm -  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. 
 3  - 5 pm - The Building of the Illinois Central Railroad presented by Don Chamberlain (3) - Community Room  See All Day Saturday listing of additional activities.

Ewing Manor Cultural Center - 48 Sunset Road, Bloomington (Emmerson & Towanda)

 4 pm -Shakespeare in the Land of Lincoln - Spotlight Speaker, Michael Anderegg, Ph.D., a professor of English and author of Lincoln and Shakespeare (7) (Reservations are recommended).

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Sunday, July 22

10 am - 5 pm

McLean County Museum of History and Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center - 200 N. Main Street

10 am - 2 pm - Museum Hours  10 am - 2 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  10 am - 1 pm - Lincoln and Route 66 Craft Activities - First Floor Rotunda
 11 am - Noon - Visit with Abraham Lincoln portrayed by Kevin  Wood!; Bring your camera and get your picture taken with Lincoln 1 - 2 pm - Illustrated 8th Circuit presented by Guy Fraker (WHERE?).

IWU Ames Library Lawn - 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry - Empire at East Street

9 - 10 am - Worship Service with President Lincoln in attendance (open to the public) 9 - 10:45 am - Lincoln visits the encampment 10 - 10:30 am - The Mobile Calvary Surgeon  10:30 - 11 am - Games Horses Play 11 -11:30 am - The Vivandiere - Daughter of the Regiment 11:30 am - 12:15 pm - Firearms Safety Demonstration followed by Firearms, Sabre and Fencing Tactics 12:15 - 12:45 pm - Horse Hoof Care and Trimming  12:45 - 1:15 pm - Nursing the Soldier Back to Health 1:15 - 1:45 pm - Civil War Embalming
2 - 2:30 pm - Skirmish between the troops - Library Lawn  2:30 - 3 pm - Visit the Encampment 3 pm - Camp Closes.

Bloomington Public Library - 205 E.  Olive Street

1 - 5 pm - Crafts for Children and Teens
 1:30-2:45 pm - Lincoln's Lost Speech presented by Abraham Lincoln (Kevin Wood) (4) - Community Room 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 Lincoln.  Michael 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."