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Postings for July 24, 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: collections@springfieldart.org.
 
  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 www.presidentlincoln.org.
 
  All Day Blood Drives in Sangamon County Need Your Help   To help ensure an adequate blood supply for our region, the Central Illinois Community blood center is offering several opportunities to donate blood in Sangamon County. Monday, July 23rd Springfield – Security Bank, 2500 Stevenson Dr; 9 AM – 11 AM. Springfield – Security Bank, 3001 Chatham Road; 1 PM – 4 PM. Tuesday, July 24th Springfield – Sangamon County Bldng, 1 Sheriff’s Plaza; 9 AM – 12 PM. Springfield – CEFCU, 2424 West Iles, 1 PM – 3 PM. Springfield – CEFCU, 2449 North Dirksen Parkway, 2 PM – 4 PM. Wednesday, July 25th Springfield – Real Estate Group, 3701 W Wabash; 10 AM – 2 PM. Springfield – Staybridge Suites, 4231 Schooner Dr; 2 PM – 4 PM. Springfield – Springfield MRI & Imaging Center, 319 East Madison; 9 AM – 12 PM. Thursday, July 26th Illiopolis – Township Hall, 407 Fifth Street; 3 PM – 7 PM. Pawnee – Christian Church, 1200 Rutledge Street; 3 PM – 7 PM. Friday, July 27th Chatham – Village of Chatham, 117 E. Mullberry; 8 AM – 11 AM. Springfield – The Muni, 815 East Lake Shore Drive; 6 PM – 8 PM. For your convenience, please call 217-241-7550 to sign up or schedule an appointment online at www.cicbc.org. Walk-ins are also welcome and truly appreciated. Central Illinois Community Blood Center, a not-for-profit organization, is the provider of life-saving blood for 12 hospitals throughout central Illinois, including Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. A division of Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC), Central Illinois Community Blood Center and MVRBC collect over 180,000 units of blood annually and serve a total of 80 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.
 
  All Day 5th Annual Natalie Goebel Memorial Poker Run   SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2012 Sign up at the Other Bar in Morrisonville from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Food, 50/50, Silent/Live Auctions, Super Mario Speedwagon Band All proceeds benefit Camp CoCo (Children's Oncology Camp Organization) A local camp for kids with cancer. ALL VEHICLE TYPES WELCOME
 
  6:30PM 8:30PM Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance   6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Open to all who have depression or bipolar mood disorder. For more information, call Rebecca at 414-7368 First Christian Church, 700 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701
 
  7:15AM 7:45AM Exercise class for cancer patients   7:15-7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W. Carpenter St. To minimize side effects of treatments and improve strength. Free. 545-0798, www.siumed.edu/cancer.
 
  9:00AM 5:55PM Gettysburg Address goes on display   One of the most famous documents in United States history goes back on display at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 1 through 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 4 in the Treasures Gallery at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. Paid Museum admission is required to view the document. The handwritten manuscript of the Gettysburg Address was last publicly displayed at the Museum during Lincoln’s Birthday observances February 9 – 13, 2012. There are five original handwritten versions of the Gettysburg Address. Two incomplete ones are in the Library of Congress, a finished one is at Cornell University, and the only one he signed and dated is in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s copy, written at the request of Edward Everett, the main speaker on November 19, 1863 at the Gettysburg Cemetery dedication, came to the State of Illinois in 1944 thanks to the contributions of pennies by Illinois schoolchildren plus a donation by department store magnate Marshall Field III. Illinois’s copy contains the two famous additional words “under God” that Lincoln had not included in his two original draft copies. Displayed nearby will be an original 1880 letter written by Thomas Edison, never before shown, in which the famed inventor praises Lincoln's greatness. Beginning on September 5, a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation will go on display through January 2013. This display will mark the 150th anniversary of the presidential order that freed all slaves in rebel-held territory. The Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamation are part of the 52,000-item Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Pieces from the collection are displayed on a rotating basis in the Museum’s Treasures Gallery, and range from the earliest known document written by Lincoln to items belonging to his wife and children. For more information, visit www.presidentlincoln.org.
 
  7:00PM 7:30PM Summer Flag Lowering and Retreat Ceremonies   Every Tuesday night this summer, one visitor will leave Lincoln Tomb with a flag – and many more will leave with memories of a touching, colorful ceremony performed by men dressed as Civil War era soldiers. Beginning June 5 and ending August 28, a flag lowering and retreat ceremony will be performed at the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site by members of the 114th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry Reactivated. The 7 p.m. ceremony, which will last approximately half an hour, is free and open to the public. The Tomb will be open to the public until 8 p.m. following the ceremony. The U.S. flag flying over Lincoln Tomb will be lowered during the colorful, solemn ceremony and presented to a visitor each Tuesday night. The ceremony will include the firing of a Civil War era mortar. Lincoln Tomb, along with the Illinois World War II, Korean and Vietnam War Memorials, is located in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery at 1500 Monument Avenue. All are administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and are open daily for free public tours.
 
  12:00PM 2:00PM ARTIST ON THE PLAZA   The popular Artist on the Plaza entertainment series presented by the Springfield Area Arts Council begins this year on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The series will be presented on both Tuesdays and Thursdays until September 11th. Performances take place from 12:00 to 1:00 P. M. on the south side of the Old State Capitol Plaza. Penny Wollan-Kriel, Executive Director of the Springfield Area Arts Council said, “This program of free lunch-time entertainment on the Plaza enhances the visits of tourists in the Old State Capitol area and benefits the downtown workers and residents during the summer season. With financial assistance from downtown businesses and from individuals, the series has been hosted for almost thirty years by the Springfield Area Arts Council. Please come by and enjoy our local talent during your lunch hour.” A complete schedule of performances is available on the Springfield Area Arts Council website [www.SpringfieldArtsCo.org] and from the office [programs@SpringfieldArtsCo.org or 753-3519].
 
  7:00AM 10:00PM Registration Open for Memorial’s Transplant 5K   Memorial Medical Center’s 5K Transplant Run/Walk is now accepting registrations. The eighth annual run/walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, in Washington Park in Springfield. Participants will meet at the picnic shelter area near the tennis courts and playground. The registration fee is $20 for adults and $10 for 12-year-olds and younger. The Alan G. Birtch, MD, Center for Transplant Services at Memorial is the event’s host. Participants can visit MemorialTransplantServices.com to register online or to print out a registration form to mail in. Registration begins at 7 a.m. A brief program will begin at 8 a.m. Bill Coon, a double heart transplant and kidney transplant recipient, is the featured speaker. The Fireside Relics will perform during the event. Proceeds go to the hospital’s transplant fund, which assists transplant patients with emergent needs and provides education for patients and staff. For more information, call Memorial’s Transplant Services at (217) 788-3441.
 
  10:00AM 4:00PM “Artist in Residence” at Vachel Lindsay House   The “Artist in Residence” program series at the Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site continues with an exhibit of photography by Springfield artist Laura Coffey, whose work will be on display in the home July 14 – 25. There will be a public reception Saturday, July 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. where visitors can meet the artist. The exhibit is titled “Metamorphosis: The Refashioned Photography of Laura Kay Coffey.” Coffey is a self-taught photographer and has been locally recognized, including receiving several awards at the Illinois State Fair in the computer graphics, digital image and photography categories. She also designed the August 2012 Pecha Kucha poster. Coffey is a Girl Scout leader and has encouraged creativity within her troop. In 2008, using their cookie sale profits, her troop purchased a camera and the girls, entering sixth grade this fall, have won multiple awards at the Illinois State Fair. The “Artist in Residence” series is co-sponsored by the Vachel Lindsay Association. The Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site at 603 S. Fifth Street, Springfield, is the birthplace and longtime residence of poet, author and artist Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, 1879-1931. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for free public tours.
 
  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 kaysmithartist.com or historyillinois.org
 
  11:00AM 2:00PM Special Olympics Luncheon   Mark your calendars for Friday, July 27th, 2012 to receive a FREE LUNCH 11am-2pm at any Illinois Texas Roadhouse location! Law enforcement officers will be serving you lunch. Simply leave a donation at your table and 100% of your donation will go to Special Olympics Illinois. Pre-order lunch of 6 or more for your office by calling 217-698-5700.

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