2017 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 14

1 - 8 pm

Bloomington Public Library - 205 E. Olive Street

1 - 3 pm - The Pantagraph Presents Lincoln's in Town! a recording of an original dramatization of Abraham Lincoln's sojourns in Bloomington, Illinois (1) - Community Room  5 pm - Deadline to submit Lincoln Coloring Contest entries at the Children's Department Desk.  

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 15

All Day Events - 9 am - 5 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 - First Floor Rotunda  Lincoln and Route 66 Craft Activities - 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

 A History of Bicycles Show- Please bring your bicycle to park for display ... old or new!! (9 am -
4 pm) Enjoy tours of the Mansion given by docents (9 am - 4 pm).

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

 

 

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Saturday, July 15 (continued)

9 am - 7 pm

David Davis Mansion - 1000 Monroe Drive

9 am - 4 pm - A History of Bicycles Show- Please bring your bicycle to park for display ... old or new!! 
9 am - 4 pm - Enjoy tours of the Mansion given by docents 10:30 - 11:30 am - The History of Bicycling in America, Illinois, and Bloomington with Dr. Thomas Burr, Illinois State University and Christopher Sweet, Bicycle Historian, Illinois Wesleyan University 
 1 - 1:50 pm - Lincoln visits the Mansion grounds 
1:30 - 2:30 pm - The History of Bicycling in America, Illinois, and Bloomington with Dr. Thomas Burr, Illinois State University and Christopher Sweet, Bicycle Historian, Illinois Wesleyan University  5 - 7 pm - Ice Cream Social and a Concert by the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band (bring your own lawn chair or blanket).

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 Opens10 am - Lincoln in Downtown Bloomington Walking Tour with Greg Koos starts inside Visitors Center at the Museum 10 - 11 am - Kids Question & Answer Session with Abraham Lincoln (Kevin Wood) - 2nd Floor Courtroom 1 - 2 pm - Pioneer Pathways to Route 66 in McLean County presented by Terri Ryburn and Mike Matejka
2:30 - 3:30 pm - Lincoln in History, Fiction and Film presented by Dr. James Cornelius, Curator at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.

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 - Abraham Lincoln in Illinois: Favorite 8 1/2 Court Cases presented by Don Chamberlain (2) - Community Room  3 - 4 pm - Music of Lincoln and the American Civil War played by our local Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra  See All Day Saturday listing of additional activities.

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Sunday, July 16

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 - 11 am - Lincoln and Route 66 Trivia & Crafts 11 am - Noon - Visit with Abraham Lincoln portrayed by Kevin  Wood!; Bring your camera and get your picture taken with Lincoln 1 - 2 pm - Grids: Travel in a Prairie Place presented by Greg Koos, Executive Director Emeritus of the McLean County Museum of History.

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 - From a Birth of Freedom to a New Birth of Freedom, presented by Abraham Lincoln (Kevin Wood) (3) - Community Room - 3 - 4 pm -Lincoln's Self-Education in the Liberal Arts presented by Robert Bray, Professor Emeritus, Illinois Wesleyan University (4) - Community Room. 


E V E N T S   W I T H   E N T R A N C E   F E E S

Saturday, July 154 - 6 pm - Childrens' Route 66 Movie - Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Auditorium - 600 N. East Street, Bloomington.  Tickets are $5.  Contact the BCPA Ticket Office at 309.434.2777.

 
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Saturday, July 157:30 pm - 10 pm - Cornerstones of Rock Concert at the CEFCU Outdoor Summer Stage on the lawn in front of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA) - 600 N. East Street, Bloomington.  Take a nostalgic trip back to the 1960s and 70s with the legendary garage bands whose rocking hits had teens dancing across the USA!!  Bands include: The Ides of March - featuring Jim Peterik, The Buckinghams, The Cryan' Shames, New Colony Six and The Shadows of Knight.  Tickets are $15 for all ages and can be purchased in advance.  Click here for details.


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. Abraham Lincoln in Illinois: Favorite 8 1/2 Court Cases presented by Don Chamberlain (2) - Community Room.  Lincoln practiced law as a circuit rider, but he also participated in local cases outside of the 8th Judicial Circuit, in Federal Court Cases, in Illinois Supreme Court Cases, and in U.S. Supreme Court cases.  This program will help to demonstrate the breadth of cases in which Lincoln was involved and the types of arguments he made in these cases.  He participated in cases both for and against slave owners and both for and against the developing railroads companies of his day.  Many of the cases he participated in set legal precedence for years to come. Community Room.

3. From a Birth of Freedom to a New Birth of Freedom, presented by Abraham Lincoln (Kevin Wood).   Mr. Lincoln's presentation will center on the twelve turbulent years from 1854-1865, when the slavery issue came to a head in our country and nearly broke us apart.  Mr. Lincoln will give historical background and talk about events that led him back into politics in the mid-1850s, the increase in tensions, and of course the Civil War. You'll hear directly from some of Mr. Lincoln's best-known speeches and writings.  (1 hour presentation followed by 15 minutes Q/A) 

4. Lincoln's Self-education in the Liberal Arts.  Illinois Wesleyan Professor Emeritus Robert Bray will provide a look at the books that made the deepest impression on Lincoln's young mind (roughly ages 12-21), offering examples from the texts. These will range from crucial primary sources like the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution, to important state speeches such as Washington's valedictory address to the country, as well as a range of more general topics in science, literature and religion (and its critics).

5. The Importance of Train Travel at the Turn of the 20th Century The World’s Columbian Exhibition was held from May through October 1893 in Chicago. Twenty-seven million people came through the turnstiles and almost all of them came to the Fair by rail. Join Conductor James Matthews to learn about rail travel in the 1890’s. What was it like to travel by train? Where did trains stop in Chicago? How did Chicago become the rail center it evolved into? What railroads served Central Illinois?