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Lincoln's Festival on Route 66

Friday, July 20
Starts at 5:00 PM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

Lincoln's Festival on Route 66

It’s time once again for the annual Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66, this year being held on July 20, 21, and 22. Activities during the festival weekend will include: living history performances, car shows and cruise-ins for car enthusiasts, period crafts and children’s activities, Civil War skirmishes and cavalry encampment, walking tours, a vintage bicycle display, plus speakers and musicians to share the journey along the prairie path, to the steel rails, and on to the Mother Road.

The Museum will be hosting a variety of activities on all three days of the festival this year. The free, family friendly activities begin on Friday, July 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with Encounters with Lincoln’s World, celebrating our state’s Bicentennial through dramatized stories of ordinary people who became real “Hometown Heroes” by adapting to extraordinary times. Members of the Historic Acting Troupe will portray men and women whose experiences provide a travelogue that spans the generations and the miles, highlighting sights, sounds and ideas that echoed throughout the nation.Performances will be held inside the Museum and several other locations in Downtown Bloomington. The Museum will serve as the starting point, and visitors are urged to arrive no later than 6 p.m. in order to see the entire presentation. Performances will begin every 20 minutes with the last performance at 7:40 p.m.

The Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 is an Illinois Route 66 Red, White, and Blue Corridor signature event and is a proud partner in the 42-county Looking for Lincoln Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. For more information about any of the activities and programs occurring at the Museum during Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66, please contact the Education Department at

Other locations participating in the festival include: Downtown Bloomington, McLean County Museum of History/Cruisin’ with Lincoln on Route 66 Visitors Center, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin Park, Bloomington Public Library, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, Illinois Wesleyan University Ames Library, Sprague Service Station/Ryburn Place, and Ewing Manor Cultural Center.

For more information about Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 and a complete listing of activities at all participating locations, please visit

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