LINCOLN'S FESTIVAL ON ROUTE 66
The following Lincoln's Festival on Route 66 programs will be held at Bloomington Public Library. Additional programs are being held at a number of other Bloomington venues and will be added to the schedule at www.lincolnsfestival.net as they become available.
On or after Saturday, June 29, pick up a Lincoln coloring sheet at the Children’s Desk. Then return the completed coloring sheet to the Children’s Desk by 5pm on Friday, July 19. One winner from each age category ── 1-3 years, 4-6 years, 7-9 years, and 10-12 years ── will be chosen on Saturday, July 20, during Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66.
Enjoy this award-winning film starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field.
This DVD recording of an original play depicts Abraham Lincoln's sojourns in this area. Written by Robert C. Bray and Nancy Steele Brokaw, it follows Lincoln's Bloomington career from his initial appearance as a newly minted lawyer through his best-known legal and political appearances (including the famous "Lost Speech" of 1856), and ending with his funeral train.
The Library is the 2nd stop on the Route.
While waiting for the trolley ride between the Library and other Festival sites, enjoy music played by local dulcimer musician Dale Evans.
Presenter Don Chamberlain
From the beginning of his political career, Abraham Lincoln had interest in "internal improvements" which included railroads. His law practice worked both for and against railroads, the subject of many of his most important cases. He also had a large influence on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Join presenter Don Chamberlain as he brings this period of Lincoln's career to life with images in a PowerPoint presentation.
Calling all builders! Using recyclable and other interesting materials, kids will build structures honoring President Abraham Lincoln. Take a picture of your creation as the structures will remain at the library.
Presenter Laura Keyes
Mary Todd Lincoln lived a life filled with triumphs and tragedies, yet few people know her story. One piece in the myriad puzzle of her life is her personal photograph album, which she compiled over many years. This precious artifact tells not only Mary Lincoln's story, but that of the Lincoln family as well. Come hear scholar Laura Keyes share the history of this personal item and see for yourself which photographs Mrs. Lincoln kept (and the ones she didn't).
Come to the Children’s Department to make a Lincoln log cabin craft.
Come to the teenZone to make a flag pin.
Presented by Kevin Wood portraying Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Kevin Wood, will discuss his leadership values and style, i.e., "management by walking around." Lincoln sought different points of view, learned from experience, shared both credit and blame, remained true to principles, and used effective communication. Time for a Q & A session and photos with “Lincoln” will follow the presentation.
Performed by the Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra
Enjoy mandolin renditions of songs about Lincoln and the American Civil War played by our local Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra.