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Springfield unveils new living-history program

Courtesy Springfield CVB

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A new living-history program this summer will fill downtown Springfield and its Lincoln historic sites with period re-enactors and musical and theater performances.
History Comes Alive: A Living History Program will run seven days a week from June 15 through Aug. 15.

Special living-history events will also be scheduled nightly Tuesday through Saturday during those eight weeks.

Free interpretive experiences will be held at multiple Lincoln historic sites, including the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the Old State Capitol, the Lincoln Herndon Law Office and the Vachel Lindsay Home, as well as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois Executive Mansion.

In addition, costumed interpreters will host a variety of programs throughout the downtown center area as well as Union Square Park in the Presidential Complex.

History Comes Alive will build on the momentum created by the Lincoln Bicentennial with hopes that living-history programming will ultimately be sustained and expand throughout the 42-county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area in Illinois.

History Comes Alive is a precursor to events leading up to the Civil War Sesquicentennial in 2011, including a Team of Rivals major exhibit that will open at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in October.

A complete list of events will soon be available on the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site,