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Program #8370RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Nov 2 — Nov 7, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Highlights •HHonors Reward Category: 4 •Striking 30-story tower, located in the historic downtown area of Springfield •Excellent central location, minutes from many popular Springfield attractions •Heated indoor swimming pool and Precor© by Hilton fitness center •Retire to the Pinnacle Club and watch the city lights glimmer from 30 stories high in our Springfield, IL hotel. •Three restaurants and two bars and the only Starbucks in downtown Springfield

Contact info:
700 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1601 USA
phone: 217-789-1530
web: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/hilton-springfield-SPFSHHF/accommodations/index.html

Room amenities: Accommodations start with a view of downtown from our king and queen/queen rooms with premium bedding and name brand bath amenities. Work easier with two dual-line phones, an oversized desk and ergonomic leather chair. Stay entertained with the MP3 clock radio, 32-inch flat screen HDTV with expanded cable channels and video games. Other amenities include a safe, digital thermostat, coffeemaker and high-speed Internet access. You must request a refrigerator in the room. The guest will be charged $35.00 if it is not used for the storage/refrigeration of medicine. You must request an accessible room in advance if it is required and we will check with the hotel on availability as those rooms are limited in number.

Facility amenities: For Your Comfort and Convenience •Automated Teller (ATM) •Baggage Storage •Barber Shop •Beauty Salon •Clothing Store •Concierge Desk •Elevators •Florist •Gift Shop •Laundry/Valet Service •Lounge •Luggage Hold •Multi-Lingual Staff •Room Service •Safety Deposit Box For Your Fitness and Recreation Convenience •Fitness Room •Pool For Your Business Convenience •Business Center •Fax •Notary Public •Photo Copying Service •Printer

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119.00 plus tax
Additional nights and rates as available. Contact the hotel Sales Manager Mattea Larson directly with your request at 217-789-1530 ext. 4108 and mention that you are with the Road Scholar program. The front desk/registration staff will not be able to make the reservation. Call the program coordinator Kathy DeHart if you have any problems making the reservation for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, November 02 - Arrival/Orientation
Note: At hotel

Afternoon: Check-in 4pm.

Dinner: At 5 PM, join us for a "meet and greet" in a hotel banquet room reserved for our group and see the views from the 29th floor! You will receive a handout at check-in with up-to-date information on the room location and the evening dinner menu. At 5:30 PM, a plated dinner will be served in the same room in the hotel. Dinner includes pre-selected salad, entrée, rolls, dessert and iced tea, coffee or hot tea beverage.

Evening: The tour leader Kathy DeHart and assistant tour leader will distribute and review use of the listening devices. We will ask everyone to make a brief introduction to the group, followed by a review of a materials in a folder. The folder contents include name tags, emergency contact information, nearby medical resources and drug stores, dinner and lunch menus for the week, daily itineraries and a notepad. Dinner menus are pre-selected and special food requests will be reviewed as requested; lunch selections for the week will be made this night. We will be available for questions after the meeting as needed.

Lodging: Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Highlights •HHonors Reward Category: 4 •Striking 30-story tower, located in the historic downtown area of Springfield •Excellent central location, minutes from many popular Springfield attractions •Heated indoor swimming pool and Precor© by Hilton fitness center •Retire to the Pinnacle Club and watch the city lights glimmer from 30 stories high in our Springfield, IL hotel. •Three restaurants and two bars and the only Starbucks in downtown Springfield

Contact info:
700 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1601 USA
phone: 217-789-1530
web: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/hilton-springfield-SPFSHHF/accommodations/index.html

Room amenities: Accommodations start with a view of downtown from our king and queen/queen rooms with premium bedding and name brand bath amenities. Work easier with two dual-line phones, an oversized desk and ergonomic leather chair. Stay entertained with the MP3 clock radio, 32-inch flat screen HDTV with expanded cable channels and video games. Other amenities include a safe, digital thermostat, coffeemaker and high-speed Internet access. You must request a refrigerator in the room. The guest will be charged $35.00 if it is not used for the storage/refrigeration of medicine. You must request an accessible room in advance if it is required and we will check with the hotel on availability as those rooms are limited in number.

Facility amenities: For Your Comfort and Convenience •Automated Teller (ATM) •Baggage Storage •Barber Shop •Beauty Salon •Clothing Store •Concierge Desk •Elevators •Florist •Gift Shop •Laundry/Valet Service •Lounge •Luggage Hold •Multi-Lingual Staff •Room Service •Safety Deposit Box For Your Fitness and Recreation Convenience •Fitness Room •Pool For Your Business Convenience •Business Center •Fax •Notary Public •Photo Copying Service •Printer

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119.00 plus tax
Additional nights and rates as available. Contact the hotel Sales Manager Mattea Larson directly with your request at 217-789-1530 ext. 4108 and mention that you are with the Road Scholar program. The front desk/registration staff will not be able to make the reservation. Call the program coordinator Kathy DeHart if you have any problems making the reservation for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, November 03 - Lincoln's Early Adult Life and Legal Career
Note: Day on motorcoach.

Breakfast: The breakfast buffet at the hotel begins serving at 6:30am in the Highland Room on the first floor. There is a wide variety of the same or similar items available each morning. Items can include: two choices of eggs, two choices of meats, breakfast potatoes, made to order omelets, pancakes and waffles, cereals, oatmeal, yogurt, fresh fruit, fresh baked pastries and bread, and multiple juices, milks and coffees.

Morning: Attend a lecture on the campus of program provider, Lincoln Land Community College, by History Professor John Squibb on the overview of Lincoln’s life, his time in Illinois, and the political, social and economic context of Illinois and the United States.

Lunch: See the landscape of Central Illinois on the 30 minute drive north of Springfield for lunch at the Wild Hare Café and Horsefeathers Shop in the small town of Elkhart, Illinois. Along the way we will follow parts of Old Route 66 and drive over the Sangamon River which was instrumental in Lincoln coming to live in New Salem and Springfield. Lunch is a choice of 2 items and 2 desserts to be made on Sunday night.

Afternoon: We will travel 30 minutes to another small town of Mt. Pulaski and pass by Elkhart Hill (the tallest point between Chicago and St. Louis), learn about the Edwards Trace trail, coal mining and see the vastness of the farmland and former prairie that Lincoln and others travelled through while on the 8th Judicial Circuit. We will visit Mt. Pulaski Courthouse which is one of two remaining courthouses that Lincoln worked in while on the circuit and hear a storyteller talk about Lincoln and his time on the circuit. We will head to Lincoln, Illinois and visit the Lincoln Heritage Museum on the campus of Lincoln College and learn how the town and college came to be named and in the museum we will learn about some artifacts from their collection.

Dinner: We will have a plated dinner served in a hotel banquet room reserved for our group. Dinner includes pre-selected salad, entrée, rolls, dessert and iced tea, coffee or hot tea beverage.

Evening: After traveling part of the 8th Judicial Circuit today, we will see a presentation by John Lupton on "Lincoln and the 8th Judicial Circuit" and learn more about Lincoln's legal and political careers and his friends and experiences on the circuit.

Lodging: Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Highlights •HHonors Reward Category: 4 •Striking 30-story tower, located in the historic downtown area of Springfield •Excellent central location, minutes from many popular Springfield attractions •Heated indoor swimming pool and Precor© by Hilton fitness center •Retire to the Pinnacle Club and watch the city lights glimmer from 30 stories high in our Springfield, IL hotel. •Three restaurants and two bars and the only Starbucks in downtown Springfield

Contact info:
700 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1601 USA
phone: 217-789-1530
web: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/hilton-springfield-SPFSHHF/accommodations/index.html

Room amenities: Accommodations start with a view of downtown from our king and queen/queen rooms with premium bedding and name brand bath amenities. Work easier with two dual-line phones, an oversized desk and ergonomic leather chair. Stay entertained with the MP3 clock radio, 32-inch flat screen HDTV with expanded cable channels and video games. Other amenities include a safe, digital thermostat, coffeemaker and high-speed Internet access. You must request a refrigerator in the room. The guest will be charged $35.00 if it is not used for the storage/refrigeration of medicine. You must request an accessible room in advance if it is required and we will check with the hotel on availability as those rooms are limited in number.

Facility amenities: For Your Comfort and Convenience •Automated Teller (ATM) •Baggage Storage •Barber Shop •Beauty Salon •Clothing Store •Concierge Desk •Elevators •Florist •Gift Shop •Laundry/Valet Service •Lounge •Luggage Hold •Multi-Lingual Staff •Room Service •Safety Deposit Box For Your Fitness and Recreation Convenience •Fitness Room •Pool For Your Business Convenience •Business Center •Fax •Notary Public •Photo Copying Service •Printer

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119.00 plus tax
Additional nights and rates as available. Contact the hotel Sales Manager Mattea Larson directly with your request at 217-789-1530 ext. 4108 and mention that you are with the Road Scholar program. The front desk/registration staff will not be able to make the reservation. Call the program coordinator Kathy DeHart if you have any problems making the reservation for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, November 04 - Lincoln Home/Free Time
Note: Walking day in downtown Springfield

Breakfast: The breakfast buffet at the hotel begins serving at 6:30am in the Highland Room on the first floor.

Morning: Walk 2 blocks to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site for a guided tour of his home and see his neighborhood of 17 years. View exhibits in the Visitor Center, see the movie, "Journey to Greatness" and a program on Mary Lincoln.

Lunch: We will have box lunches from Panera Bread which include a half sandwich, salad, chips, and cookie. There will be a choice from 3 sandwiches and 2 salads to be made on Sunday night. Beverages will be water, soft drinks or iced tea.

Afternoon: Visit First Presbyterian Church and learn of the church's connections to the Lincoln family including their pew and copies of historic documents. There is free-time this afternoon with several options in the downtown area to see and experience. They include: •A Road Scholar guided tour of the Elijah Iles House, the oldest house in Springfield and owned by a friend and neighbor of A. Lincoln •Walk in the Lincoln Home National Historic Sire neighborhood and view indoor and outdoor exhibits •Visit the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum •Walk the historic downtown Springfield area •Visit the Illinois State Capitol, the Illinois State Museum or the Governor’s Mansion

Dinner: We will have a plated dinner served in a hotel banquet room reserved for our group. Dinner includes pre-selected salad, entrée, rolls, dessert and iced tea, coffee or hot tea beverage.

Evening: Learn more of Abraham Lincoln and his family's religious affiliations with ALPLM Historical Researcher Sam Wheeler in a lecture on "Christianizing Lincoln: Historical Memory and Religious Views of Abraham Lincoln."

Lodging: Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Highlights •HHonors Reward Category: 4 •Striking 30-story tower, located in the historic downtown area of Springfield •Excellent central location, minutes from many popular Springfield attractions •Heated indoor swimming pool and Precor© by Hilton fitness center •Retire to the Pinnacle Club and watch the city lights glimmer from 30 stories high in our Springfield, IL hotel. •Three restaurants and two bars and the only Starbucks in downtown Springfield

Contact info:
700 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1601 USA
phone: 217-789-1530
web: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/hilton-springfield-SPFSHHF/accommodations/index.html

Room amenities: Accommodations start with a view of downtown from our king and queen/queen rooms with premium bedding and name brand bath amenities. Work easier with two dual-line phones, an oversized desk and ergonomic leather chair. Stay entertained with the MP3 clock radio, 32-inch flat screen HDTV with expanded cable channels and video games. Other amenities include a safe, digital thermostat, coffeemaker and high-speed Internet access. You must request a refrigerator in the room. The guest will be charged $35.00 if it is not used for the storage/refrigeration of medicine. You must request an accessible room in advance if it is required and we will check with the hotel on availability as those rooms are limited in number.

Facility amenities: For Your Comfort and Convenience •Automated Teller (ATM) •Baggage Storage •Barber Shop •Beauty Salon •Clothing Store •Concierge Desk •Elevators •Florist •Gift Shop •Laundry/Valet Service •Lounge •Luggage Hold •Multi-Lingual Staff •Room Service •Safety Deposit Box For Your Fitness and Recreation Convenience •Fitness Room •Pool For Your Business Convenience •Business Center •Fax •Notary Public •Photo Copying Service •Printer

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119.00 plus tax
Additional nights and rates as available. Contact the hotel Sales Manager Mattea Larson directly with your request at 217-789-1530 ext. 4108 and mention that you are with the Road Scholar program. The front desk/registration staff will not be able to make the reservation. Call the program coordinator Kathy DeHart if you have any problems making the reservation for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, November 05 - New Salem State Historic Site/Lincoln's Tomb
Note: Day on motorcoach.

Breakfast: The breakfast buffet at the hotel begins serving at 6:30am in the Highland Room on the first floor.

Morning: Travel a half hour to Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site by bus and learn how Lincoln's New Salem was settled, how it influenced Abraham Lincoln and how it was restored. View the movie, "Turning Point" and Visitor Center exhibits on the sites history and artifacts. Walk through the village that Lincoln knew as a young adult with retired interpretive guide Charlie Starling and "go to school" with Mentor Graham.

Lunch: We will have lunch at the Morning Star Café in the small town of Salisbury, Illinois. The lunch is a pre-selected group tour lunch of home made cashew chicken salad, potato soup, broccoli salad, and apple nut cake.

Afternoon: Visit the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln and family members at Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site for a guided tour of the tomb and monument. It is located in the city operated Oak Ridge Cemetery which is the second most visited cemetery in the country. Can you name the most visited one? We will end the day with a half hour bus tour of the downtown area and see historic sites, state capitol complex buildings, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Governor’s Mansion and the house of poet Vachel Lindsay to name a few.

Dinner: We will have a plated dinner served in a hotel banquet room reserved for our group. Dinner includes pre-selected salad, entrée, rolls, dessert and iced tea, coffee or hot tea beverage.

Evening: The evening presentation is on "The Election of 1860" by LLCC History Professor John Squibb and he will describe the mood and issues of the country leading up to the presidential election, discuss what the political atmosphere was like, who was running for the office and how Lincoln won the election of 1860.

Lodging: Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Highlights •HHonors Reward Category: 4 •Striking 30-story tower, located in the historic downtown area of Springfield •Excellent central location, minutes from many popular Springfield attractions •Heated indoor swimming pool and Precor© by Hilton fitness center •Retire to the Pinnacle Club and watch the city lights glimmer from 30 stories high in our Springfield, IL hotel. •Three restaurants and two bars and the only Starbucks in downtown Springfield

Contact info:
700 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1601 USA
phone: 217-789-1530
web: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/hilton-springfield-SPFSHHF/accommodations/index.html

Room amenities: Accommodations start with a view of downtown from our king and queen/queen rooms with premium bedding and name brand bath amenities. Work easier with two dual-line phones, an oversized desk and ergonomic leather chair. Stay entertained with the MP3 clock radio, 32-inch flat screen HDTV with expanded cable channels and video games. Other amenities include a safe, digital thermostat, coffeemaker and high-speed Internet access. You must request a refrigerator in the room. The guest will be charged $35.00 if it is not used for the storage/refrigeration of medicine. You must request an accessible room in advance if it is required and we will check with the hotel on availability as those rooms are limited in number.

Facility amenities: For Your Comfort and Convenience •Automated Teller (ATM) •Baggage Storage •Barber Shop •Beauty Salon •Clothing Store •Concierge Desk •Elevators •Florist •Gift Shop •Laundry/Valet Service •Lounge •Luggage Hold •Multi-Lingual Staff •Room Service •Safety Deposit Box For Your Fitness and Recreation Convenience •Fitness Room •Pool For Your Business Convenience •Business Center •Fax •Notary Public •Photo Copying Service •Printer

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119.00 plus tax
Additional nights and rates as available. Contact the hotel Sales Manager Mattea Larson directly with your request at 217-789-1530 ext. 4108 and mention that you are with the Road Scholar program. The front desk/registration staff will not be able to make the reservation. Call the program coordinator Kathy DeHart if you have any problems making the reservation for additional nights.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, November 06 - Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library
Note: Walking day in downtown Springfield.

Breakfast: The breakfast buffet at the hotel begins serving at 6:30am in the Highland Room on the first floor.

Morning: We will walk 3 blocks to the Presidential Library for a special talk on how the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum was developed by a former staff member and current spokesperson for the governor that has been a part of the process from the beginning. After that, we will walk across the street to the museum and as a group we will see the two major media programs, "Ghosts of the Library" and "Lincoln's Eyes." After the two programs you can begin exploring the museum on a self-guided basis.

Lunch: We will have a box lunch at the Subway sandwich shop located inside the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Lunch includes a 6" sandwich (there will be a choice of 4 kinds of sandwiches on Italian bread to be selected on Sunday night), chips, cookie and a self serve soft drink.

Afternoon: Free time this afternoon to continue exploring the Presidential Museum. As time and personal interest allows, other options include: •2:15 PM Road Scholar group tour of the Old State Capitol to learn about Lincoln as a politician, where he gave his "House Divided" speech and practiced law OR tour the historic site on your own through 5 PM. •See the “Lincoln: From History to Hollywood” sets, costumes and props from the "Lincoln" movie in Union Station •See, “Boys in Blue Part 4 of 4: An End and A Beginning,” a Civil War exhibit in the Presidential Library •Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright designed, Dana-Thomas House; the last tour is 3:50 PM.

Dinner: We will have a plated dinner served in a hotel banquet room reserved for our group. Dinner includes pre-selected salad, entrée, rolls, dessert and iced tea, coffee or hot tea beverage.

Evening: Tonight's special program is on "Mrs. Elizabeth Keckley: Mary Lincoln's Dressmaker and Confidant," by Kathryn Harris, Library Services Director, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Lodging: Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, November 07 - Lincoln's Legacy/Departure
Note: At hotel

Breakfast: The breakfast buffet at the hotel begins serving at 6:30am in the Highland Room on the first floor.

Morning: The week concludes with a wrap-up lecture on, "Learning Life by Studying Lincoln," by James M. Cornelius, Ph.D. and Curator, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Dr. Cornelius will also discuss what is new in the world of Lincoln collecting and take questions. The program concludes at 10:30am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Springfield, IL
1908 Race Riot Self-Guided TourA tragic series of events in Springfield's history led to the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. The story of the 1908 Race Riot and its victims is told through a self-guided, eight-marker walking tour, beginning at the corner of Seventh and Jefferson Streets.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and MuseumDedicated to the life and legacy of our 16th President, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum brings together the world’s largest collection of documentary material related to the life of Abraham Lincoln. The museum, unlike any other in the U.S., features hi-tech exhibits, interactive displays, and multimedia programs as well as a reproduction of the White House as it looked in 1861. The Presidential Library is home to the world’s largest collection of Lincoln-related documents, artifacts and books, including more than 12 million items from the Illinois State Historical Library. Located at 212 North 6th Street, Springfield, IL. Hours: Subject to change, please call to confirm hours before you visit. MUSEUM HOURS: Open daily, 9am-5pm (last museum admission is 4pm). Library: 112 North 6th Street; LIBRARY HOURS: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday - Open for exhibit. Phone: (800) 610-2094. Admission: MUSEUM : Effective July 1, 2010. Age 16-61 $12; Senior (62 and Up) $9.00; Military (ID Required) $7.00; Students (ID Required) $9.00; Children (Age 5-15) $6.00; Children (Under 5) Free. LIBRARY: Free. Days Closed: New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: www.presidentlincoln.org
Camp Butler National CemeteryCamp Butler National Cemetery, once the site of a Union Civil War training camp and Confederate prison, is now a national cemetery for veterans and their dependents. Located NE of Springfield at 5063 Camp Butler Road, Springfield, IL 62707. Hours Office: Monday- Friday, 7:30am-4pm. Gates to cemetery open daily all year until sunset. Phone (217) 492-4070. Admission: Free.
For additional information, visit: www.cem.va.gov/CEM/cems/nchp/campbutler.asp
Clayville Historic SiteThe centerpiece of Clayville is the Broadwell Inn, the oldest brick building in Sangamon County, built in 1824 by the Broadwell family as a stage coach stop between Springfield and Beardstown. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is surrounded by numerous other historic buildings from Central Illinois moved to Clayville in the 1960s to recreate an early frontier pioneer village. Located NW of Springfield at 12828 Route 125, Pleasant Plains, IL. Hours: April 1 through October, Daily 10am - 4pm or by appointment. Groups over 10 by appointment only. Hours subject to change, please call in advance. Phone: (217) 481-4430. Admission: Donations accepted. Days Closed: New Years Day, Easter Sun, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: http://clayville.org
Dana-Thomas HouseFrank Lloyd Wright-designed home. In 1902, local socialite and activist, Susan Lawrence Dana, hired a rising architect from Chicago to remodel her family home. This is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's best prairie houses and contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. Located at 301 E. Lawrence, Springfield, IL 62703. Hours are subject to change. Please call (217) 782-6776 to confirm days and hours before you visit. Thursday - Sunday. 9am-4pm. Last tour begins at 3:45pm. Visitor Center is handicapped accessible. Gift shop on site. Suggested donation - $5 for adults.
For additional information, visit: www.dana-thomas.org
Edwards PlaceThe house is currently closed for restoration and is expected to reopen in early 2015. The oldest home in Springfield on its original foundation, Edwards Place tells the story of Benjamin and Helen Edwards and their life at the home from 1843 to 1909. The wonderfully preserved Italianate mansion was once a center for social activity in Springfield, Prominent citizens and politicians such as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were entertained at lavish dinner parties and the grounds played host to many summer picnics and political rallies. Your visit to Edwards Place will include a guided tour through the formal receiving parlor, music room, family dining room and the second floor bedrooms. The home is furnished with wonderful examples of Victorian furniture, including many pieces that belonged to the Edwards family. You will also see the authentic "Lincoln Courting Couch" from the parlor of the Ninian Edwards home where Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married. Located at 700 N. 4th St., Springfield, IL 62702. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, tours on the hour between 11am and 2pm. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. The Springfield Art Association, which owns Edwards Place is open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and The Michael Victor II Art Library and the SAA gallery also are open 10-3pm on Saturday. Phone: (217) 523-2631. Admission: Donation suggested.
For additional information, visit: http://www.springfieldart.org/EdwardsPlace/tabid/530/Default.aspx
Elijah Iles HouseThis is Springfield’s oldest home, built circa 1830s in Greek Revival style by city founder Elijah Iles. The house contains period furnishings and also houses the Springfield Museum with exhibits of local history. Located at 628 South Seventh, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Open Wednesday and Saturday, 12-4 PM. Closed November through March. Days Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Lincoln’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day, Pulaski Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. Phone (217) 492-5929. Admission: Suggested donation - $3.00.
For additional information, visit: iles-house.blogspot.com/
Executive MansionHome of the Illinois governor. Seven U.S. Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, have been received here. Three levels are open to the public including four formal parlors; a state dining room; ballroom; four bedrooms, including the Lincoln bedroom; and a library handcrafted from native American Black Walnut. (Mansion closed during official State functions.) Located at 410 E. Jackson Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30am-11am & 2-3:30pm. Saturday: 9:30-11am. Phone (217) 782-6450. Days Closed: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Lincoln Birthday, Presidents' Day, Pulaski Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: visit-springfieldillinois.com/Things-To-Do/Attractions/
Illinois State CapitolThe first legislative session was held in this state capitol in 1877. The growth of the state had increased the need for more file storage and office space than the Old State Capitol allowed. Today it is the center of state government and houses the offices of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer, as well as the House of Representatives and Senate Chambers. Visitors can watch Illinois politics in action from balcony-level seating when the legislature is in session. (Accessible entrance at east side.) West entrance is currently closed. Located at 301 S 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm; Saturday-Sunday 9am-3:30pm. Phone (217) 782-2099. Days Closed: New Years Day, Presidents' Day, Easter Sun, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. Admission Free.
For additional information, visit: www.cyberdriveillinois.com
Illinois State Military MuseumPreserving the heritage of the Illinois National Guard, the museum is committed to collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the military artifacts associated with the citizen-soldier of Illinois. The exhibit includes rare items such as the artificial leg of Mexican General Santa Anna, a target board shot at by President Lincoln, as well as vehicles, weapons, uniforms, equipment and photographs. The Citizen-Soldier exhibit features the military experiences of famous Illinois soldiers such as Carl Sandburg, Robert McCormick, John A. Logan and Abraham Lincoln. Located at 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. (Camp Lincoln), Springfield, IL. Hours:Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4:30pm. Other times and groups by appointment. Phone (217) 761-3910. Admission: Free. Days Closed: Monday and Sunday.
For additional information, visit: www.springfield-il.com/attract/military.html
Illinois State MuseumPermanent and changing exhibits tell the story of Illinois’ land, life, people and art. The natural history hall, “Changes: Dynamic Illinois Environments,” reveals the exciting changes in Illinois environments over the last 500 million years. Interactive elements, thrilling audio and video effects, life-sized dioramas and thousands of authentic fossils and specimens illustrate the processes that shaped and continue to transform Illinois’ diverse environments. The Museum Store offers a unique shopping experience with a wide selection of high-quality crafts made by juried Illinois artisans, as well as educational toys, scientific games, books and gifts. Visit the Illinois State Museum on the south side of the State Capitol complex. Located at 502 S. Spring St., Springfield, IL 62706. Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5pm and Sunday: Noon-5pm. The Museum is closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Phone (217) 782-7386. Admission is free.
For additional information, visit: www.museum.state.il.us
Lincoln Home National Historic Site“I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington." Abraham Lincoln left his home of seventeen years (1844-1861) to serve as president of a nation on the verge of Civil War. The Lincoln home has been restored to its 1860 appearance, revealing Lincoln as husband, father, and politician. Your tour of this national treasure will be conducted by National Park Service Park Rangers. Start your visit at the Visitor Center located at 426 S. 7th Street, Springfield, IL. Hours: Daily 8:30am-5pm. Phone: (217) 391-3221. Free tickets are required and may be obtained at the Lincoln Home Visitor Center. Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/liho
Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature CenterA woodland and prairie garden with more than five miles of trails lead you on a journey through the Illinois landscape Lincoln would have known. Depending on the season you visit, you could discover springtime dogwoods in full bloom, colorful prairie wildflowers of summer, burnished autumn leaves, or snow-covered maple trees bursting with sap. This great spot to stroll amidst nature is located on the shores of Lake Springfield and was designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen. Be sure to visit the Garden's Nature Center and Split Rail Gift Shop. Located at 2301 E. Lake Dr., Springfield, IL 62712. Hours: Daily: Sunrise-Sunset. Nature Center: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday, 1-4pm. Closed: Call or visit the website for Holiday closings. Phone (217) 529-1111. Admission: Free.
For additional information, visit: www.lincolnmemorialgarden
Lincoln TombThis beautiful monument marks the final resting place of Abraham, Mary Todd, Tad, Eddie and Willie Lincoln. (Oldest son, Robert, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.) Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery at the request of Mrs. Lincoln after his assassination in 1865. The monument was designed by sculptor Larkin Mead, completed in 1874, and paid for with public donations. The original receiving vault in which Abraham Lincoln was buried can be seen on a tour of the cemetery. Also located within Oak Ridge Cemetery are the Illinois War Memorials (World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War). The entrance is located 1500 Monument Ave., inside Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL. Hours: are subject to change. Hours: Please call to confirm hours before you visit. Wednesday – Saturday 9am to 4:30pm.. Phone: (217) 782-2717. Admission: Free. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Also see: www.lincolntomb.org
For additional information, visit: www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/lincoln_tomb.htm
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic SiteAbraham Lincoln grew to “a man of purpose and destiny” during his six years (1831-37) living and working in New Salem Village. Here, he clerked in a store, enlisted in the Blackhawk War, served as postmaster and deputy surveyor, studied law and was elected legislator. Timber houses, shops, and stores now comprise the reconstructed historic village where history comes to life as costumed interpreters take on the characters of the people who lived and worked here more than 150 years ago. Located 20 miles NW of Springfield at 15588 History Lane, Route 97, Petersburg, IL. Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 9am to 4pm; Phone: (217) 632-4000. Admission: Donation suggested. Days Closed: New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Lincoln Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Also, www.lincolnsnewsalem.com
For additional information, visit: www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/new_salem.htm
Lincoln-Herndon Law OfficeThis site is closed for restoration/renovation until further notice beginning September 2014. Abraham Lincoln practiced law in the offices above Seth Tinsley’s store from 1843 until 1852. It was an ideal location for a rising young law firm - near the Capitol and Springfield’s finest hotel of the day and just above the local post office and Federal Courtroom. Stephen Logan (1843-44) and William Herndon(1844-52) were his partners during this time. This is the only surviving structure in which Lincoln maintained working law offices. Located at South Old State Capitol Plaza, 6th & Adams, Springfield, IL. Hours: 9am to 5pm.,Tuesday to Saturday, from the day after Labor Day to April 30; and 9am to 5pm, daily from May 1 through Labor Day weekend. Phone: (217) 785-7960. Admission: Donation suggested. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/lincoln_herndon.htm
Old State Capitol State Historic Site“A house divided against itself cannot stand...” These immortal words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the historic Old State Capitol Hall of Representatives in the turbulent days preceding the Civil War. He tried several hundred cases in the Supreme Court, borrowed books from the state library, and read and swapped stories with other lawyers and politicians in the law library. On May 3 and 4, 1865, Mr. Lincoln’s body lay in state in Representatives Hall as a crowd estimated at 75,000 filed past to pay their last respects. (Last tour 45 minutes before closing.) Located at 1 Old Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: 9am to 5pm,Wednesday - Saturday. Days Closed: New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Phone: (217) 785-7960. Admission: Donation suggested.
For additional information, visit: www.state.il.us/hpa/hs/old_capitol.htm
Route 66Get your kicks on Route 66! Thousands of visitors from around the globe travel America's Main Street each year to experience the legend of U.S. Route 66 and to discover the real America. On Illinois Route 66, one of the nation's newest National Scenic Byways, you'll actually travel through the hometown neighborhoods, not around them…including a visit to the heart of Springfield, Illinois, home of two famous Route 66 landmarks, Shea's Gas Station Museum and the Cozy Dog Drive In. Springfield sits in the heart of Illinois' U.S. Route 66 and boasts some of America's favorite Route 66 icons. Mile for mile, you'll find more authentic Route 66 sites and attractions along the road in Illinois, from Chicago to St. Louis, than in any other Route 66 state.
For additional information, visit: www.visitspringfieldillinois.com/Route-66/
Springfield & Central Illinois African American History MuseumThe museum features the history and culture and the triumphs/tragedies of African-Americans living in the Springfield and Central Illinois area during the 19th and 20th centuries. Located at 521 E Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Wednesday & Saturday 10am-4pm or by appointment. Phone: (217) 528-2725. Free admission, donations appreciated. Days Closed: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Lincoln's Birthday, Presidents' Day, Pulaski Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: http://spiaahfmuseum.org/
Union Station and Union Square ParkUnion Station and Union Square Park are located directly across the street from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. On the heels of last year’s popular “Lincoln” movie by filmmaker Steven Spielberg and on loan from Dreamworks Studios, Springfield is excited to welcome, “Union Station – Lincoln: From History to Hollywood,” where you can see some of the sets, costumes and props used in the film. The park has gardens, walking paths, sculptures of Abraham Lincoln and a sculptured monument to commemorate the 1908 Race Riot in Springfield. Located at 500 E. Madison, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Daily 9-5. Hours are subject to change, please call. Union Square Park is open from 8am to 10pm. daily. Phone (217) 557-4588. Days Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: www.presidentlincoln.org
Vachel Lindsay HomeThe 1879 birthplace of the native Springfield poet/artist, this house remained Lindsay’s only home until his death there in 1931. The house was built in the late 1840s; an early owner was C.M. Smith, whose wife, Ann, was the sister of Mary Todd Lincoln. Both Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln were frequent visitors. The house was purchased in 1878 by Lindsay’s parents, Dr. Vachel Thomas and Catharine Frazee Lindsay, and remained in the Lindsay family for 80 years. Acquired by the State of Illinois in 1991, the home recently reopened after an extensive, state-funded restoration project. Located at 603 S. 5th Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours are subject to change. Please call to confirm hours before you visit. Open Thursday through Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Phone (217) 524-0901. Admission: Donations accepted. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Presidents' Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
For additional information, visit: www.vachellindsay.org

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