Something For Everyone!
Lincoln's New Salem is proud to present the Chautauqua Series and Theatre in the Park. For quality family entertainment nestled in the heart of Illinois' most popular historic site, check our scheduled performances for an entertaining evening of theatre at Lincoln's New Salem State Park.

Theatre In The Park
Click For Larger Image Performances are held Fridays through Sundays from mid June til late August in a 475 seat outdoor amphitheater designed for comfort, with auditorium-style seating, concession and a unique multi-level stage. In the event of rain, a total of 200 people with marked tickets will be admitted to New Salem's smaller indoor
theater. Rain stickers will be applied to the first 200 tickets sold for each performance.

What is Chautauqua?
Chautauqua was a popular association and amusement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The heart and soul of Chautauqua was the talent, the lectures, the entertainers, and the teachers who provided the culture and entertainment. Chautauquas in the rural areas, gathered and the largest audiences and made the greatest impact on the communities. New Salem continues that Chautauqua tradition by offering a series of plays, concerts and lectures during the off-season. All shows are held in the 250 seat indoor theater. Cost and times varies from show to show. Interested parties should contact the visitor's center to make reservations.

Please visit for more information and a schedule of upcoming performances.

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