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2/2/2013 3:36:00 PM
Illinois prepares to mark Lincoln's birthday

SPRINGFIELD — Abraham Lincoln’s 204th birthday  arrives Feb. 12, but the activities begin even sooner. Here’s a glimpse at some of the celebrations planned in the area:

Party — David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Through tall tales and amusing stories, costumed interpreters portraying the Davis family and servants will reminisce about the times when Mr. Lincoln stayed in Bloomington.

Open house — Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Visit with the Lincoln family as they celebrate the birthday of their illustrious relative. While family matriarch Sarah Lincoln is busy baking Abraham’s favorite cake, his friends and relatives will entertain you with personal stories and anecdotes.

Ceremony — Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, Feb. 9, 2:30 p.m.: The Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars present their 66th annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday Program. A service at the tomb will feature a eulogy for Lincoln with military honors.

Concert — Lincoln Presidential Museum, Feb. 10, 2 p.m.: 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band performs 19th century music in the plaza of the museum.

Birthday party — National Road Interpretive Center, Vandalia, Feb. 9, 3-5 p.m.: Molly Bellany will talk about Lincoln as a young man, and refreshments and children's activities will be provided.

Lecture — Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site, Feb. 10, 2 p.m.: Free lecture on “Lincoln and Slavery” by local historian Kevin Kaegy.

Symposium — Lincoln Presidential Library, Feb. 11-12: The Abraham Lincoln Association is celebrating with two days of programs, including an appearance by author Stephen Carter and a free screening of “Saving Lincoln” at 3 p.m. on Feb. 11. For more details visit

Lincoln appearance — Lincoln Presidential Museum, Feb. 12, 1-3 p.m.: Fritz Klein portrays Abraham Lincoln in the plaza of the museum.

Ceremony — Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m..: Springfield American Legion Post 32 presents the 79th annual National Pilgrimage to Lincoln Tomb. Dignitaries will speak and present wreaths from Legion posts across the state. A chorus will sing patriotic songs.

Lecture — Old State Capitol, Feb. 12, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: As part of the Lincoln Symposium, historians discuss “War Governors, Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation.”

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