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Lincoln's Festival on Route 66

Sunday, July 22
Starts at 10:00 AM

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.

Museum activities will continue on Sunday, July 22 beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with the highly popular So you think you know Lincoln and Kicking it on Route 66 trivia games! Contestants can test their knowledge about our 16th President of the United States and about the entire Route 66. Prizes will be awarded for correct answers! Lincoln and Route 66 themed crafts for children of all ages will also be offered from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. as well.

At 1:00 p.m. in the Governor Fifer Courtroom, retired lawyer and local Lincoln historian Guy Fraker, will present an illustrated program traveling the Eighth Judicial Circuit. Fraker’s Images of Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit will take participants on a tour of the sites Lincoln visited and the roads he took to get there as he practiced law and politics in central Illinois.

Keep an eye out for Mr. Lincoln who will be visiting the Museum during the festival too. He will be available to meet visitors and even do a photo or two. Check back in our July monthly mailer for more details about his visit.

Don’t forget to visit the Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center located on the ground floor of the Museum. You can explore our exhibit to learn what traveling in Lincoln’s era was like and about Route 66 in McLean County! You can also pick up many local favorites like Beer Nuts Brand Snacks, Funks Pure Maple Sirup, Steak ‘n Shake souvenirs and seasonings, great local history books, and of course books and souvenirs about Abraham Lincoln!

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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