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History Comes Alive in Springfield, Illinois!
Provided by Springfield, Illinois Convention & Visitors Bureau

Start your adventure by visiting Johnson City, Tennessee! This summer, History will come to life again this year as Mr. Lincoln roams the streets of downtown traveling between his home and law offices, with stops at the Old State Capitol to mingle with his many colleagues and neighbors of the day.

History Comes Alive will fill the streets of Springfield, as the historic downtown of
Mr. Lincoln’s day comes to life as period
re-enactors and performers recreate
the life and times of Lincoln and his contemporaries. Featuring storytelling and interaction with period re-enactors, musical and theatrical performances, and even appearances by Mr. Lincoln himself, this is one trip to the past you’ll never forget!

Experiences available nowhere else on earth will thrill and delight you from June 2nd to August 24th… from a chance encounter with Mr. Lincoln and an authentic Civil War Medical Encampment Reenactment to unexpected brushes with the ghosts of Springfield’s past. Come walk through, talk to, and immerse yourself in the living, breathing history that’s alive and well in Springfield, Illinois this summer!

In his footsteps, through his eyes. Illinois is the land of Lincoln, and you could call Springfield the City of Lincoln. From his boyhood town, first home, law office, and final resting place to an entire museum dedicated to Abe and only Abe, Springfield immerses you in Lincoln’s world. The popularity of the Steven Spielberg movie, “Lincoln”, once again proves that he is an American hero for the ages.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Downtown Springfield takes you on a journey from Lincoln’s humble beginnings through his rise to the presidency. More than 40,000 square feet of galleries, theaters, and historic displays combine scholarship with showmanship, culminating in this state-of-the-art facility of Lincoln lore and legend. The holographic and special effects theatres entertain, educate and mesmerize with ghostly images, live actors and high action. Don’t miss this world-class Lincoln Presidential Museum.

The legends of Abe’s era … and beyond. Not only does the city boast the best Abraham Lincoln sites, but Springfield also possesses other historical landmarks of yesteryear. For instance, the legendary Route 66 once rambled through Springfield and its surrounding areas. And that’s just the start of the 50’s nostalgia—see a movie at a real drive-in theater and check out classic cars during the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival. History buffs of the military persuasion will find fascinations aplenty at our many memorials and themed museums.

There is so much to see and do during “History Comes Alive”—and all year round in Springfield, Illinois—that you should plan on staying for at least three days. We can help you plan an exciting and affordable vacation filled with adventure, history and most of all, fun!

For more about great getaway packages, call 800-545-7300 today. Or, go to Springfield Illinois.


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