BOY SCOUT LINCOLN PILGRIMAGE WEEKEND April 28-29, 2018
Boy Scouts from across the Midwest will descend on New Salem for the annual Abraham Lincoln Pilgrimage. Scouts will walk the 20+ miles into Springfield on the route similar to what Abraham Lincoln would have walked. On Sunday the Boy Scouts will participate in a ceremony at the Lincoln Tomb. For more information visit: www.alincolnbsa.org
ANTIQUE FARM SHOW May 5, 2018
Horse drawn plows, historic farming equipment and agricultural techniques from the 19th century will be featured during the Antique Farm Show. A display of historic farming equipment will be set up in a field by the Blacksmith Shop near the entrance to the village, allowing Antique Farm Show visitors to learn about the latest developments in agriculture from Abraham Lincoln’s time to the early 1900s.
SUMMER FROLIC – World Wide Knit in Public Day June 9, 2018
Celebrate frontier heritage with period clothed interpreters demonstrating throughout the historic village. Watch a wool fleece transform into a garment through washing, spinning and weaving in a “Sheep to Shawl” demonstration.
The village will also be a host site for World Wide Knit in Public Day! Knitters of all skill levels and ages are invited to bring their lawn chairs and knit alongside our historic interpreter knitters!
August 2018 – HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL
The Sangamon River Audubon Society will band hummingbirds and visitors will have an opportunity to adopt each bird. Society members will be describing hummingbird banding and migrations. [Exact date to be determined]
BICENTENNIAL PAGEANT – September 1 & 2 (details coming)
In September, 1918, the newly formed Old Salem Lincoln League presented a “pageant” celebrating the Illinois Centennial featuring reenactments of Lincoln’s New Salem years along with nationalistic and patriotic imagery and fanfare. The event was held in the historic village. We will celebrate Illinois’ Bicentennial in the same fashion! Stay tuned for more details on this landmark event and how you can be involved!
TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL September 8 & 9, 2018
Performers from all over the Midwest will entertain on such traditional instruments as mountain and hammer dulcimers, concertinas, bones, autoharps, fiddles, banjos, and guitars.
September 2018 – BLUEGRASS MUSIC SHOW – September 7 & 8, 2018
Bluegrass musicians will be playing music in the outdoor theater. Traditional, folk and bluegrass musicians are invited to participate in the weekend impromptu jam session.
MORGAN HORSE DEMONSTRATION October 6, 2018 1pm
Mississippi Valley Morgan Horse Club (MVMHC) will present historic demonstrations of the Morgan Horse, “America’s first breed,” Also included will be demonstrations of modern uses of the Morgan horse, including trail riding, dressage, driving and society horse shows. There will be ongoing horse activities to observe between sessions, a large variety of free educational and promotional materials for adults and kids, and an opportunity to visit with MVMHC members and get up close to the beautiful Morgan horses.
CANDLELIGHT WALK – October 5, 6, & 7 (7pm-9pm)
The ever-popular Candlelight Walk offers the only opportunity to see the village at night. Period clothed interpreters will be inside many of the log homes and shops in the village to talk about life in 19th century Illinois. Gingerbread and cider will be served in the Rutledge Tavern.
FALL FESTIVAL – October 27 & 28, 2018
Period clothed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks throughout the historic village such as candle dipping, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and broom making.