Lincoln's Birthday celebration and Presidents Day schedules
announced for state historic sites
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[FEB. 10, 2006]
SPRINGFIELD -- Nearly
all of the state historic sites operated by the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency will be closed on Feb. 13 and 20 to observe
Lincoln's Birthday and Presidents Day. However, since these are
Mondays, most of the sites would have been closed anyway.
The good news? Lincoln
Tomb State Historic Site will be open Feb. 13; the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Museum will be open both Feb. 13 and 20; and there are
a number of historic sites hosting special events that people may
visit on Feb. 11 and Lincoln's actual birthday, Feb. 12. These
Springfield -- VFW pilgrimage, 2 p.m. Saturday; American Legion
pilgrimage 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Mansion, Bloomington -- Lincoln's Birthday celebration, 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Courthouse, Lincoln -- Lincoln's Birthday observance, 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Saturday.
Old State Capitol,
Springfield -- Annual Abraham Lincoln Symposium, 1 p.m. Sunday.
Statehouse, Vandalia -- Lincoln's Birthday observance, 2 p.m.
Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield -- "Mr. Lincoln's
Birthday Weekend Celebration," all day Saturday and Sunday.
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More good news: Effective this spring, most of Illinois' historic
sites will resume seven-day-per-week operations through Sept. 4.
This comes as a direct result of the state budget introduced last
year by Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and passed by the Illinois General
Assembly. The governor intends to introduce a similar measure for
2007 in his upcoming state budget.
For a complete listing of Illinois' state historic sites and
operating hours, visit
Historic Preservation Agency news release]