‘Living History’ events coming this summer

A 60-day run of historic re-enactments, musical performances and plays this summer is intended to build on the estimated 2.3 million people who visited Springfield for the 2009 bicentennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.

For Mayor Tim Davlin, this summer’s event brought to mind the “living history” of Colonial Williamsburg.

“These are things that are going to change the way downtown Springfield is looked at, and I’m not just talking about visitors,” Davlin said during a Tuesday news conference in the House chamber of the Old State Capitol.

A $325,000 state grant announced at the press event will pay for professional re-enactors, musical acts and performers for the events, to be held seven days a week from June 15 to Aug. 15.

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