New to the festival this year is a special tribute to Lincoln, "Now
He Belongs to the Ages: A Presentation of Abraham Lincoln's Life,
Death, and Funeral." The exhibit began Friday evening and continues
on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fricke-Calvert-Schrader
Funeral Home on 127 S. Logan St. in Lincoln. Special presentations
by Virgil Davis, founder of the Museum of Funeral Customs in
Springfield, and historians Paul Beaver and Ron Keller will focus on
the life and death of Abraham Lincoln. In addition, special displays
will be open, featuring a full-sized replica of Lincoln's funeral
casket, authentic 1860s-era funeral carriage and Lincoln funeral
The third annual Civil War ball will be from 7 to 10 p.m.
Saturday at the Lincoln Park District Sports Center, 1400 Primm
Road. This is a great opportunity to learn the dances of the Civil
War era, led by talented dance instructors. Simple dance steps, good
music and lots of fun highlight this popular annual ball.
Bring your lawn chair and get ready to enjoy more music at the
Railsplitter Festival bluegrass jam from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday at the Logan County Fairgrounds. And, back by popular
demand, is storyteller and dulcimer musician Mike Anderson with his
award-winning yarns, jokes and stories. Anderson will perform at
noon Saturday and Sunday.
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There will also be a cemetery walk at Old Union Cemetery, 114 N.
Chicago St., at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by
the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society, the walk is
$5, and children under 10 years of age can participate at no charge.
"Reflections of Times Past" will feature interpretations of eight
historical area residents.
Hungry? The Railsplitting Festival will have a farmers market
Saturday and Sunday at the county fairgrounds. Enjoy fresh, central
Illinois-grown fruits and vegetables and home-baked goods. There
will also be many food concessions at the fairgrounds.
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[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of