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ISHS hosts sesquicentennial house of worship luncheon
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More than 50 Illinois towns were named for women--now mostly forgotten

Remember the Ladies

Remember the Ladies

More than 50 Illinois towns were named for women--now mostly forgotten
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Monumental Dream in Stone: The Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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1776–The Musical

  • 15 December 2017
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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Event date: 5/18/2018 8:00 PM - 5/20/2018 10:00 PM Export event

In August, 2018, Illinois will celebrate its 200th anniversary of statehood. In addition, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site is celebrating its 100th year of live performances in Kelso Hollow, home to Theatre in the Park. For a century people have flocked to New Salem for live entertainment which makes it the longest continuously running outdoor venue in Central Illinois. Theatre in the Park will continue its tradition of historical/period productions as well as the founding of the United States of America and Illinois’ statehood by presenting 1776 as the opening production of its season. Theatre in the Park believes this production will be a perfect event to help kick-off a summer of bicentennial events in Central Illinois.

It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence. . .if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures, determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.

Show Times: May 18-20, 2018, 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Admission: $15; $13/seniors

Location:
Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site (located off of Illinois 97 near Petersburg, Illinois)
15588 History Lane
Petersburg, IL 62675 (Map)

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