Performances

Special Events at New Salem
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.

Join in the Tradition...
...and Escape to the Past. New Salem offers several opportunities for the visitor to be active at our historic
site. The New Salem Lincoln League is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the village by sponsoring special events, craft demonstrations, and raising funds necessary to assure the continual care and preservation of this piece of the Heart of America. We offer a large volunteer program, where interested people can work in the village, at the visitor's center, or one of our stores and become an active member of our site operation. People interested in becoming a part of either of these groups should contact the site and request application material. We look forward to getting to know you!

April 12 & 13, 2014: 9:00am to 5:00pm - Hammer Inn
Blacksmithing demonstrations will be held at the maintenance building. Keynote speakers and expert blacksmiths are brought in to describe and discuss blacksmithing to participants.

May 3, 2014: 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 7/8, 2014: 10:00am to 4:00pm - Patriot Day "Americana"
A look into the daily life of residents of the village and patriotism in the 1830's. Activities to be performed in the village include, candle making, coopering, blacksmithing, spinning, cooking, gardening, shooting of black powder rifle, etc.
Partner: Lincoln League

August 9, 2014: 8:00am to Noon - Hummingbird Festival
The Sangamon River Audubon Society will band Hummingbirds and visitors will have an opportunity to adopt each bird. Society members will be describing Hummingbird banding and migrations.

September 5 & 6, 2014: 10:00am to 4:00pm - Traditional Music Festival
Performers from all over the Midwest will entertain on such instruments as mountain and hammer dulcimers, concertinas, bones, autoharps, fiddles, banjos, and guitars. There will be a large clogging platform provided outside the village, which will be filled with cloggers starting at noon on Sunday.

September 5 & 6, 2014: 6:00pm to 10:00pm - Bluegrass Music
Bluegrass musicians will be playing music in the outdoor theater. Traditional, folk and bluegrass musicians are invited to participate in the weekend impromptu jam session.

October 3, 4, 5, 2014: 7:00pm to 9:00pm - Candlelight Tour
The Candlelight Walk offers the only opportunity to see the village at night. Staff and volunteers in period clothing 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.

October 25, 26, 2014: 10:00am to 4:00pm - Fall Festival
Typical autumn life on the 1830s Illinois prairie will be demonstrated. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and fishing with nets. Demonstrations of meat smoking will take place in one of the log village's period smokehouses, and wild game cooking will be demonstrated in the log homes. 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