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Quincy's Lincoln Legacy

Event date: 6/16/2018 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Export event
Elaine Evans
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Quincy's Lincoln Legacy

Lincoln in the District 2018

Abraham Lincoln will be back in Quincy on Saturday, June 16, at Lincoln in the District, a festival celebrating the life and times of the 16th President of the United States. George Buss of Freeport, Illinois, will again portray Mr. Lincoln. Starting with an 8 am Johnny Cakes and sausage breakfast, festival goers can start their day by greeting and getting their picture with Mr. Lincoln at the Lincoln Selfie Booth (8 to 9 a.m.). Then enjoy living history theater, demonstrations by period artisans, music and much more from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival is held at Washington Park in downtown Quincy.

The Lincoln in the District Festival is one of five events recognized as a Looking for Lincoln Signature Event by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.

New components such as the breakfast and featured musical entertainment will expand the event and help capture the spirit of Lincoln's life and times. Visit the Civil War field headquarters of General Ulysses S. Grant, portrayed by Wayne Issleb of Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Take in historical theater with Lincoln interacting with Senator Douglas and Lincoln's closest Quincy friends beginning at 9:30! Expect demonstrations of period firefighting, rail splitting, leather making, vintage baseball, and Civil War medicine among others. Nauvoo on the Road again brings an assortment of crafts including the fascinating process of rope making. Visit the Lincoln-era pioneer school house where Mr. Lincoln will read to children at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and where other hands-on activities abound.

Entertainer Chris Vallillo, singer/songwriter and folk musician, will present a special program called, Abraham Lincoln in Song from 12:30-2:00. Performing on six-string and bottleneck slide guitars and harmonica, Vallillo sheds light on one of history's most beloved figures who knew and loved many of these songs himself. Vallillo's presentation is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Stillwell Foundation and individual members of Arts Quincy.
Following is a schedule for the Lincoln Theater Tent. Other features will be ongoing throughout the festival.

Lincoln Theater Tent Schedule:

  • 9:00 Kickoff Program
  • 9:30 Lincoln and Douglas, Friendly Foes
  • 10:00 Forty Years of Statehood, 1818-1858: Gov. John Wood
  • 10:30 Awestruck by Lincoln, 1858: Ohio Reporter David Locke 
  • 11:00 Judge Douglas Convicts Dr. Eells
  • 11:30 Lincoln Takes a General, 1864 
  • 12:00 Selection of Period Music 
  • 12:30-2:00 Special Feature: Abraham Lincoln in Song - Chris Vallillo, singer/songwriter
Get your day started with a hot breakfast, stay for a pork chop sandwich and baked beans offered by a food sutler, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, purchase crafts from vendors and much more.

Visitors are also invited to attend open houses and tours at the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center, the stately History Museum, a documented Underground Railroad station, the John Wood Mansion and the Lincoln-era Log Cabin Village.

The festival is sponsored by Quincy's Lincoln Legacy Working Group, the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, and the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. The Lincoln in the District Committee organizes the event.

Washington Park
Quincy, IL (Map)
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