Join us all year long for a variety of special events and demonstrations  All held in the historic village of Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site.
April 1-2, 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm - Hammer In
Blacksmithing demonstrations will be held at the maintenance building. Nationally known blacksmiths demonstrate and discuss historic and modern blacksmithing methods to participants. Jim Slining will be the featured demonstrator. Email bluestoneforge@gmail.com to register.

April 29-30, 2017: Boy Scout Weekend
Boy Scouts from across the Midwest will descend on New Salem for the annual Abraham Lincoln Pilgrimage. Scouts will walk the 20+ miles into Springfield on the route similar to what Abraham Lincoln would have walked. On Sunday the Boy Scouts will participate in a ceremony at the Lincoln Tomb.

May 6, 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm - Antique Farm Show
Horse drawn plows, historic farming equipment and agricultural techniques from the 19th century will be featured during the Antique Farm Show. A display of historic farming equipment will be set up in a field by the Blacksmith Shop near the entrance to the village, allowing Antique Farm Show visitors to learn about the latest developments in agriculture from Abraham Lincoln's time to the early 1900s. The Vintage Ag Association of Menard County will have an antique tractor display in the parking lot by the Visitor Center.

June 10, 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm - Summer Frolic / World Wide Knit in Public Day
Celebrate frontier heritage with period clothed interpreters demonstrating throughout the historic village. The village will also be a host site for World Wide Knit in Public Day! Knitters of all skill levels and ages are invited to bring their lawn chairs and knit along side our interpreters!

August 19, 2017: 8:00am to 11:00am - Hummingbird Festival
The Log Cabin Birders and Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders will band hummingbirds. Group members will be describing hummingbird banding and migrations.

September 8 & 9, 2017: 6:00pm to 10:00pm - Bluegrass Concerts
Performers from all over the Midwest will be playing bluegrass music in the outdoor theater.

September 9 & 10, 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm - Traditional Music Festival
Musicians will be playing traditional music on such instruments as mountain and hammer dulcimers, concertinas, bones, autoharps, fiddles, banjos, and guitars throughout the historic village. Traditional, folk and bluegrass musicians are invited to participate in the weekend impromptu jam session. On Sunday, clog dancers will perform outside the village, starting at noon.

October 7, 2017: Morgan Horse Demonstration-1:00pm
Mississippi Valley Morgan Horse Club (MVMHC) will present historic demonstrations of the Morgan Horse, "America's first breed," Also included will be demonstrations of modern uses of the Morgan horse, including trail riding, dressage, driving and society horse shows. There will be a large variety of free educational and promotional materials for adults and kids, and an opportunity to visit with MVMHC members and the beautiful Morgan horses.

October 6, 7 & 8, 2017: 7:00pm to 9:00pm - Candlelight Tour
The Candlelight Walk offers the only opportunity to see the village at night. Period clothed interpreters will be inside many of the log homes and shops in the village to talk about life in 19th century Illinois. Gingerbread and cider will be served in the Rutledge Tavern.

Oct. 28 & 29, 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm - Fall Festival
Period clothed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks throughout the historic village such as candle dipping, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and broom making. Visitors can step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.

New Salem is constantly offering special lecture series, weekend workshops and other chances for the public to learn more about New Salem and the 1830's culture as part of our ongoing efforts to enhance the public's relationship with our site. If you are interested in more information about our special events, volunteer programs, the New Salem Lincoln League or the Discovery Series, please contact us at 217/632-4000 and we will be happy to answer your questions. All Special Events are free and open to the public.


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Lincoln's New Salem
State Historic Site
15588 History Lane
Petersburg, Illinois 62675
217.632.4000