Grand Review Schedule: Saturday, September 26
7:30 am to 8:15 am - Registration
8:00 am to 8:20 am - Load buses for tour – Meet in lobby
9:00 am – 4:30 am - Tour of Lincoln sites*; lunch to be provided
Stops to include:
The Old State Capitol – a reconstruction of Illinois’ fifth statehouse, the original building was in use from 1839 to 1876. Lincoln spent much time here as a lawyer and politician, delivering his famous “House Divided” speech here in 1858. www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/old_capitol.htm
Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices – Lincoln practiced law here from 1843 to 1852. His partner, William H. Herndon, maintained the practice while Lincoln was a U. S. Congressman (1847-1849). www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/Lincoln_herndon.htm
The Lincoln Home National Historic Site – This was the only home Lincoln ever owned. Lincoln, Mary and Robert moved into this home in 1844. The home and surrounding neighborhood has been restored to its 1860’s appearance, with 12 structures dating from Lincoln’s time. www.nps.gov/liho/index.htm
Lincoln Tomb and a wreath laying ceremony – Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln and 3 of their 4 sons are buried here. The Lincoln Tomb was dedicated in 1874. There is also a public receiving vault located here where the funeral services for Abraham Lincoln took place on May 4, 1865. www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/lincoln_tomb.htm
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm - Departure for Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Note: We will walk from the hotel to the museum and back to the hotel. The distance is about 2 blocks (0.17 miles). If you might have difficulties walking to and from dinner please let us know so we can arrange alternate transportation.
6:30 pm to 10:00 pm - Dinner: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Thomas Schwartz will speak on “The Illinois Home Front during the Civil War.” Dr. Schwartz is the Illinois State Historian, chief historian for exhibits and content in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and director of Research and the Lincoln Collection in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.