Other Events

Harvest Frolic
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
10:00 am to 4:00 pm  Sept. 24 & 25, 2016
Come celebrate the arrival of autumn at the Harvest Frolic on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Don't miss experiencing 19th century life on the farm! Activities will take place at both the Lincoln and Sargent farms and will include children's games, craft and doll making, and hearth cooking. Visitors are encouraged to take part in period games and activities. Volunteers will demonstrate apple cider pressing, and food preservation. A number of artisans will be on site demonstrating their crafts including, woodcarving, flax processing, soap making, embroidery, pottery, basket weaving, blacksmithing, wheat weaving, and tatting. Gerry Barker will bring his oxen, the Unreconstructed Civil War Band will perform, storyteller Brian "Fox" Ellis will be here, and be sure to catch the puppet show.  Don't miss the Frolic 5K! A 5k run and mile walk to kick off the festivities on September 24!

A Campaign History in Coles County
Coles County Historical Society Museum, Mattoon Depot
10-4:00 p.m. Sept. 23 & 24, 2016
In commemoration of the current election season, "A Campaign History in Coles County" will feature an exhibit highlighting political campaigning in Coles County as well those at the state and national level. Artifacts for the exhibit will include, but not be limited to, an 1834 township ballot, a 1920 women's ballot symbolizing the first national election in which women were granted the right to vote, a 1932 ballot for the repeal of the Prohibition Amendment, a display featuring the 1968 presidential campaign, and a display honoring former governor, and Coles County native, Jim Edgar. Also in the exhibit are items focusing on the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debate including a postcard scene of Lincoln at the debate and another of the 7th street residence at which he was a guest while in town, a 1908 semi-centennial debate ticket, a copy of the Lincoln Debater and more. The exhibit will run from April 11th to November 11th. The Museum at the Depot is located at Track level in the Historic Illinois Central Depot, Mattoon, IL.


Children's Variety Show with Box & Cox Play with Mr. & Mrs. A. Lincoln
Independence Pioneer Village, Oakland
1:00 p.m.  Sept. 24, 2016  Old-fashioned Camp Meeting
Area theater students and singers will entertain Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln with a variety of entertainment culminating in the period play, Box & Cox. The one act farce was first performed in 1847 and tells the tale of two gentlemen who unknowingly rent the same boarding room. One occupies it in the day and the other in the night. Independence Pioneer Village Facebook Page


1850s Town Ball Game & Old Time Music
Independence Pioneer Village, Oakland
3-5:00 p.m.  Sept. 24, 2016  Old-fashioned Camp Meeting
Town Ball is the ancestor to baseball. Join a pick-up game and see if you can play by the old rules that include: The number of players on a team was usually more than nine; There was no foul territory-all struck balls were in play; and in many versions, base runners could be put out by hitting them with the ball — a practice known as "soaking" or "plugging." If you need a break, enjoy the music of 90 plus year old Gerald Watkins. Independence Pioneer Village Facebook Page


Old-fashioned Camp Meeting
Independence Pioneer Village, Oakland
7-8:30 p.m.  Sept. 24, 2016  Old-fashioned Camp Meeting
Come one! Come all! Travel back in time to experience an old time Tent Revival at Independence Pioneer Village, Oakland, IL. Taking a step into the village will set you into an authentic 1850s settlement complete with the sights and sounds of a working village during the 19th century; horses, wagons, candle lighting, period dress, blacksmith, etc. Rev. George Musgrave of Fairfield, IL, will be heading up the Revival. If ever America needed reviving, it is now. There will also be a special presentation for Lincoln's Trials & Tribulations from 3 pm to 5:30 pm on Saturday in conjunction with Link-On to Lincoln in Coles County. Independence Pioneer Village Facebook Page
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