The Elkhart Public Library, 121 Bohan St., will have a
special display of books related to Lincoln on July 16 from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. and July 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library was built in
1904 and is a historic building to visit, with many of the original
furnishings still in place.
Birdsong -- Books & Vintage, on Gov. Oglesby Street in
historic downtown Elkhart, will have all Lincoln-themed items,
including books and postcards, marked 10 percent off July 16 and 17.
Birdsong in historic downtown Elkhart will be open until 5:30 p.m.
July 16 for shoppers attending the Elkhart Historical Society's
Two tours of historic Elkhart Hill will be given on July
17 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For information and a reservation
www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org. The tour includes historical
and political sites and will stop at the Looking for Lincoln wayside
exhibit near the Elkhart Cemetery.
The historic chapel in Elkhart Cemetery will be open for
two tours on July 17 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Rarely open to the
public, the Gothic Revival style chapel was built in 1890 and is the
only privately owned and operated church in Illinois. The tour
includes a demonstration played on the chapel organ, one of the
three oldest working pipe organs in the state. Reservations are
recommended but not required. More information is available at
There are plenty of dining options in historic downtown Elkhart.
Hudson's Talk of the Town restaurant at 115 Gov. Oglesby St.
will offer a Friday night dinner special July 16 and will be open on
for lunch on July 17 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a full menu. The
Blue Stem Bake Shop, 107 Gov. Oglesby St., will be open from
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 16 and 17 and will offer free coffee with a
pastry purchase for participants in the historical hill tour. The
Wild Hare Café, 104 Gov. Oglesby St., will be open for lunch
with a tour special: choice of two homemade soups, homemade herbed
cheese biscuit and drink of your choice for $6.99. Reservations are
recommended. Call 217-947-2100 after your tour reservations have
On July 17 from 4 to 5 p.m., enjoy a special organ recital
in the St. John the Baptist Chapel at Elkhart Cemetery by organist
Marcy Brooks. A tour of the chapel is not included in the recital.
The online, printable reservation form is at
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Take the short drive from Elkhart into Springfield to see
"History Comes Alive -- A Living History Program." Bob McCue,
speaker at the July 16 Elkhart Historical Society dinner lecture,
will be performing as a re-enactor in this new program about
Springfield as Lincoln knew and loved it. Re-enactors, musicians and
theater performers (even Mr. Lincoln himself!) will be at the
historic downtown Springfield and Lincoln historic sites this
summer. More information is available at
On July 16 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Wild Hare Café, 104 Gov.
Oglesby St. in historic downtown Elkhart, the Elkhart Historical
Society's dinner lecture series will feature "Lincoln's Life on
the 8th Judicial Circuit" and "DAR 8th Judicial Circuit Markers."
Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., with the talks from 7 to 8 p.m.
Reservations and prepayment are required, and space is limited. Cost
is $17.99, and the reservation deadline is July 12. For information
and the online, printable reservation form, see
If you plan to enjoy the lecture and all the activities on July
16 and 17, overnight accommodations for Elkhart are available at the
Best Western Lincoln Inn, just minutes north of Elkhart on
historic Old Route 66. Mention your visit to Elkhart and receive a
discount on the regular room rates. The Best Western Hotel is home
to the Railsplitter Covered Wagon, the largest covered wagon in the
world. It is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. The
wagon weighs 5 tons and measures 40 feet long, 12 feet wide and 24
feet tall. Abe Lincoln, seated in the front of the wagon reading a
book, weighs 350 pounds and measures 12 feet tall. The wagon was
recently voted by Reader Digest's "Best of America: Readers' Choice
2010" as the No. 1 Best Roadside Attraction in America.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of