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Postings for September 15, 2012 Full Month View
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  All Day Piano played at the Lincoln's wedding on display   The Lincolns' wedding was held in the Edwards' parlor on Nov. 4, 1842. The piano is on long-term loan from the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tours begin on the hour; suggested donation $3 per person. 523-2631, e-mail:
  All Day Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War   The deadliest weapon of the Civil War was one that nobody could see, killing two soldiers for every one felled by gunfire. The extraordinary casualties caused by that invisible killer, disease; the conventional weapons used to create slaughter on an unprecedented scale; horrific injuries suffered on the battlefield; and the heroic efforts of medical personnel to treat soldiers on both sides are described in detail in “To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War,” a new exhibit runs through 2013 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War” opens about a month after the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, the first Civil War battle with massive casualties on a scale that indicated what the remaining years of the war would bring. Glenna Schroeder-Lein is the curator, and she worked closely with an exhibits team consisting of John Malinak, Michael Casey, Carla Smith, Katie Grant, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, staff from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and numerous community groups, institutions, and individuals to create the exhibit. The experiences of actual soldiers are prevalent throughout the exhibit, including quotes and photographs, lending a human touch to the horror of war. Some of the images come from original medical files and graphically depict the effects of deadly weapons and even deadlier germs on the bodies of Union and Confederate soldiers. Paid admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is required to view the exhibit. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, and $6 for children. A special admission rate of $5 is available to those who want to visit only the new exhibit. For more information, visit
  All Day MAYOR’S AWARDS FOR THE ARTS – NOMINATIONS WANT   The Office of the Mayor and the Springfield Area Arts Council announce the availability of Nomination Forms for the 2012 Mayor's Awards for the Arts. These Awards recognize outstanding commitment and dedication to the arts in Sangamon and Menard counties, the area served by the Springfield Area Arts Council. The six award categories include Individual Artist, Arts Organization, Arts Volunteer, Arts Educator, Exceptional Arts Student, and Business or Corporation committed to the Arts. The deadline for nominations is 5:00 P. M. on Monday, September 17, 2012. The awards selection committee, to be appointed by the Mayor, will review the nominations and select the award recipients in the designated categories. Since the first presentation in 1985, eighty-eight (88) awards have been presented to individuals, organizations, and businesses. The Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday, October 11, at 5:30 P. M. in the LRS Theater at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. This year is the 19th presentation of the awards. Recipients receive artwork created by a Sangamon or Menard county artist and selected by previous award creators. Nomination Forms for the Mayor's Awards for the Arts will be available after August 13 at the Office of the Mayor, the Springfield Area Arts Council, Lincoln Library, Petersburg Public Library, Prairie Art Alliance Gallery II, Springfield Art Association, or online at For additional information, please contact the Arts Council office at 420 South Sixth Street or by phone (753-3519) or email (
  10:00AM 3:00PM Holding Hands with History   The Illinois State Historical Society is pleased to announce a exhibition of paintings by Illinois Artist Laureate Kay Smith, celebrating the life of Abraham Lincoln. "Holding Hands with History: The Life of Abraham Lincoln in the Context of Our National History, 1775-1865," an exhibit of watercolor paintings from Smith's "American Legacy Collection," will be on display from July 14-September 21, 2012, at the A. Lincoln National Museum of Surveying, 521 East Washington in Springfield. The program is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. Fort more information call 217-525-2781. The exhibition will be on display Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the museum is by donation; the exhibition is free with admission to the museum. For more information about the artist and the exhibit, visit or
  9:30AM 11:30AM Piano Teacher Workshop   Morning Etude, the local chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs, is presenting a workshop for piano teachers on Saturday, September 15 from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Steinway Gallery, 2816 Plaza Dr, Springfield. The workshop speaker is Gretchen Taylor of Carlinville. She will be speaking on how to integrate creative ideas into piano lessons to get students excited about learning. The event is free and there will be a drawing for door prizes. For more information, call Michelle Struck at 585-9226.
  8:00AM 12:00PM Halloween Hustle   Halloween Hustle to benefit Helping Hands of Springfield is Saturday October 27th at Lincoln Park in Springfield. Registration starts at 8am at brick shelter #7 on the west side of the park. The 5K starts at 10 am. Register before October 1st for $20 or $25 after October 1st, registration for kids 10 and under is $10. Register on line at
  1:00PM 7:30PM Corn Maze   The Venturing & Exploring Officers Association is hosting a corn maze on Saturdays & Sundays from 1PM til dusk from Sept 8th to Oct 28th. The corn maze is located on Kenny Road 2 miles west of the Franklin-Alexander Road, near Franklin, IL. Enjoy fun, food, and games while helping local Venturing Crews and Explorer Posts raise funds for their activities. For more info call Bob at 217-585-0367 or and click on events & programs.
  4:00PM 9:00PM Pizza night fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 310   Chatham Boy Scout Troop 310 is having a pizza night fundraiser at Little Italy's Pizza September 26 from 4pm - 9pm in Chatham to help raise money for the troop for equipment and some high adventure trips for next summer. Up to 20% of the total sales will be donated to the troop. Be sure to mention that you are there to support the troop for them to get the credit.
  9:00AM 3:30PM Railroad Paper Show and Sale   If you are fascinated by timetables - the paper that brings man into coordinated contact with the machines of transportation - then you will enjoy the upcoming Railroad Paper Show and Sale. The National Association of Timetable Collectors will hold their annual convention at the State House Inn on September 14-15, 2012. On September 15th, the Annual Show and Sale will be held, also at the State House Inn. This is one of the premier railroad paper shows with timetables, rule books, dispatcher train sheets, advertising and many other forms of historic railroad paper. The show will be open to the public from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Since 1962, the NAOTC promotes the enjoyable collecting of timetables. Whether collected as historical records of transport services in a particular area, of an individual company's activities, or simply as fine examples of the printer's art, you will find that timetables become more informative and enjoyable with membership in the NAOTC. For more information, visit
  10:00AM 4:00PM National Abraham Lincoln Railsplitting Festival   The Logan Railsplitting Association would like to announce its 42nd Annual National Abraham Lincoln Railsplitting Festival. It is September 14th through September 16th at the Logan County Fairgrounds with a weekend full of fun, family events on the schedule. Regular festival hours are both Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. More information on how to join in the fun and vendor contracts can all be found at Food vendors are also welcome and invited to Railsplitter with the fee information and contracts available online as well.
  2:30PM 7:30PM Horseshoe, Washer & Bags Tournament   The 4th annual horseshoe, washer and bags tournament will be held at the Boar's Nest in Athens, October 6th starting at 2:30pm. Proceeds will benefit the Menard County United Fund. 1st place in each category will pay $100. Registration is $5.00 per person per event. For more information visit us at
  8:00AM 1:00PM Parking Lot Sale   The Northside Children’s Community Library is holding a parking lot sale at Third Presbyterian Church on 9/15/12 from 8 am to 1 pm. The sale is located at 7th and Bergen Streets. There will be crafts, flea market and garage sale items.
  8:30AM 4:30PM SCRABBLE TOURNAMENT   Location: Springfield HS Commons, 101 S. Lewis St, Springfield, IL, 62704 Entry Fee: Tournament LIMITED to FIRST 100 ENTRIES!! PRIZES will be Awarded. Mail-In Registration: $10 (Post-marked by Mon, Sep. 10)/Walk-In Reg.: $15 Admission: Adults $3.00 Kids $1.00; Concessions available; No Coolers allowed in school Check-In/Walk-In Registration: 8:30-9:30am Competition Begins: 10am; 4 Rounds; Ends Approximately 3:30pm More Info: Derrick Williams c-217.525.3106; Strategies & Tips Session Sat, September 15th, 9:30-10am Springfield HS Commons CHALLENGE THE EXPERT (TBA)
  9:00AM 5:00PM Scott Air Force Base Airshow   Scott Air Force Base airshow is September 15th and 16th from 9-5 in Belleville, IL. The show is FREE and features the Thunderbird Demo team (which is only available every 7 years!) You can also see the C-40B/C which provides safe transportation around the world for U.S. leaders and dignitaries.
  12:00PM 4:00PM Springfield Block Party   This is an all ages and totally free event designed to unite the community. There will be free food, live music, childrens activities and entertainment.
  8:30PM 11:55PM NIGHT GOLF IS BACK!!!   NIGHT GOLF IS BACK!!! When:Saturday, September 15th @ Pasfield G.C. (this is a reschedule of last Friday's rained out date) Time:Approximately 8:30 p.m. Shotgun Start Format:Two-Person Alternate Shot * Limited to the first 36, 2-person teams. * Walking only - NO CARTS * Four teams per hole Cost:$20 per person - Includes Green Fees & Night Golf Supplies

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