LIVE PERFORMANCES at NEW SALEM?

The state of Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018. But at Lincoln's New Salem, an important 100th anniversary is being celebrated as well. That's because 2018 will mark the 100 years since the first organized live performance was staged at the site! Local folks, trying to raise awareness of how important New Salem was in Lincoln's life organized an impr ....

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April showers and Lincoln’s life

April showers and Lincoln’s life

April at Lincoln's New Salem is a month of springtime as the trees and pastures "green-up" and the wild flowers burst into bloom. April is fresh and exciting. Even spring rains are welcomed as everybody knows that April showers bring May flowers. But did you know that April also brought Lincoln to New Salem? It's true! Lincoln's cousin Dennis Hanks, tells us th ....

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NATIONAL QUILTING MONTH

NATIONAL QUILTING MONTH

March is "Quilt Month!" So, here are some photos of Lincoln's New Salem's Hornbuckle quilt. This quilt holds an honored place in New Salem legend and lore. Not because it's beautiful (it is). Not because it's a somewhat complicated pattern (which it also is). Not because it has survived over a century (it has). No, this quilt has a direct connection to Lincoln an ....

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Lincoln’s Birthday and Nancy Hanks

Lincoln’s Birthday and Nancy Hanks

In honor of Lincoln’s Birthday, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln. After all, without Nancy Hanks, we wouldn't be celebrating Lincoln's Birthday! I was first introduced to this poem in junior high school. While I don’t remember whether or not we were required to memorize it, I do know that, many decades later, I still ....

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CANDLELIGHT  More than a simple flame

CANDLELIGHT More than a simple flame

The most popular event on the calendar at Lincoln's New Salem State Historic site is, without a doubt, the annual Candlelight Tour!  Every year literally thousands of people flock to the little village the first full weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) of October to get a glimpse of how the village looked after dark! Many modern visitors have never experienced life ....

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“My Heart’s Home”   Edgar Lee Masters and the Sangamon Country

“My Heart’s Home” Edgar Lee Masters and the Sangamon Country

The New Salem Lincoln League is proud to sponsor Theatre in the Park! The 2016 season will have the world-premiere of a new production! "My Heart’s Home, Edgar Lee Masters Celebrates the Sangamon Country", directed by Phil Funkenbusch, is an original presentation featuring the works of Edgar Lee Master's poetry with original music by Mark Mathewson. The poems cente ....

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