• New Ways to Have a Historic Time in Springfield

     
    POSTED June 17, 2014
     

Hello Readers!

Let history repeat itself (in the best way ever) with a meeting, event or convention held in Springfield this year. The state’s capital is brimming with activities and attractions that highlight the Land of Lincoln-and make great unique venues for you and your guests to enjoy.

Here are just a few examples:

The 40,000-square-foot Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum documents the life of the 16th President with original artifacts, life-like displays and high-tech exhibits and theatre performances. The facility features several areas for receptions, dinners and meetings as well, not one more impressive than the museum plaza where statues of the president and his family greet you against scenic backdrops of his life at his boyhood cabin and, later, the White House.

The Illinois State Museum brings together land, life, people and art with exhibits and artifacts that highlight Illinois’s natural, cultural and artistic heritage. Naturally, it makes a unique setting for receptions, dinners, presentations and meetings.

Lincoln’s New Salem, a pioneer village set on the Illinois Prairie, is now complete with restored log cabins, costumed interpreters, gardens and walking paths. New Salem makes an excellent location for group picnics and barbeques; during the summer months guests can experience an evening performance at New Salem’s Theatre in the Park.

The 19th century Edwards Place Home is the oldest home on its original foundation in Springfield; the mansion serves as a charming choice for luncheons, receptions and dinners and was one of the first places where Honest Abe met his wife Mary Todd.

Interested? Download this convenient mobile app to find places to stay and eat and more things to do while in town. And contact the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau to learn more about the attractions and special venues by calling Gina Gemberling, director of sales, at 217-789-2360 x 131 or e-mailing gina.gemberling@springfield.il.us.

Happy planning!

Selena Fragassi
Editor, Illinois Meetings + Events magazine

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