Military History Fest Invades Chicagoland February 18-20, 2011

The popular annual historical convention Reenactor Fest has teamed up with Osprey Publishing, W. Britain and Casemate Publishing to bring Chicagoland a more dynamic and exciting convention—Military History Fest! Whether you are a historical reenactor, a wargamer, a toy soldier collector, a military antiques enthusiast or just a history buff in general, Military History Fest [...]

Civil War group to honor Lincoln’s housekeeper

The public is invited to join members of the Ward Hill Lamon Civil War Roundtable on Thursday in Spring Hill Cemetery at the gravesite of Mariah Vance.
There will be a brief ceremony and a wreath will be placed at 1 p.m. Thursday at Vance’s final resting place. Her grave is located in the southwest section [...]

Local tourism numbers fall off after Lincoln bicentennial surge

A post-bicentennial drop in tourism numbers reduced attendance by more than a third at some Lincoln sites this year.
Hotel stays also fell.
But tourism and historic-site managers say the fall-off from the 200th anniversary celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birth in 2009 was anticipated. They remain encouraged that numbers in most cases were ahead of 2008
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Author’s books, costumed events celebrate 19th-century living

To say Tammy Barley is fascinated with the Civil War era is an understatement.
The Crystal Lake author soon will release her third and final book in her “Sierra Chronicles” series of novels set in the 19th century.
With each book release, Barley and her three children dress in Civl War and Old West cowboy era costumes [...]

114th re-enactors seeking photos of their Civil War predecessors

A group of Civil War re-enactors is seeking historic photographs of soldiers from a Springfield-area unit that answered the call of duty nearly 150 years ago.
Jim Patton, a lieutenant in the 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment Re-Activated, said some 900 men volunteered for the original 114th Illinois Infantry in 1862. They came from Sangamon, Menard [...]

Group works to build interest in Lincoln, tourism

Ways to build interest in the story of Abraham Lincoln in Central Illinois — and to stimulate related tourism — were on the minds of people who gathered at brainstorming sessions Wednesday in Lincoln and Pontiac.
The events were sponsored by the Illinois Looking for Lincoln group, which is part of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage [...]

Consultants urge plan for Lincoln Heritage Area

Consultants for the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area encouraged Altonians to collaborate on a master plan to promote and preserve the history of the area – namely, that related to Lincoln or the era of his lifetime.
Joined by representatives from the National Park Service and Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, the two-hour-plus meeting Tuesday at [...]

City to organize mass reading of Lincoln’s farewell address in February

The Lincoln Depot will be home base Feb. 11 for another attempt at a world record in simultaneous reading, this time with Abraham Lincoln’s farewell address to Springfield.
The city joined in a nationwide effort in February 2009 to recite the Gettysburg Address and beat the current record for mass reading — set in December 2006, [...]

Q&A: Springfield, Ill., resident has portrayed 16th president since 1970s

Making an appearance Monday night at Elsie Plaster Center on the Crowder College campus was the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, as portrayed by Fritz Klein, Springfield, Ill.
Klein started portraying Lincoln in the 1976, when he was involved in drama as a hobby. At the time, he was a professional landscaper in [...]

Northlight Theatre presents ”A Civil War Christmas”

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, presents the uplifting holiday musical A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration by Paula Vogel, directed by Henry Godinez with musical direction by Chuck Larkin.
The show runs November 11 to December 19, 2010, at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie [...]