History Comes Alive in Downtown Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – The Old State Capitol State Historic Site is traveling back in time to become a Civil War field hospital June 12 – 14.

This event kicks off “History Comes Alive” programming in downtown Springfield. The annual Civil War Medical Encampment will return for the weekend with demonstrations of medical techniques and other parts of Civil War time period life.

Attendees will also be able to view one of the nation's largest private collections of Civil War medical artifacts.

Special guests include: Jim Hicks and the Rusty Pickup String Band, the Springfield International Folk Dancers and Max Daniels portraying President Abraham Lincoln. Daniels will also hold a “news conference” where visitors may ask him questions about his presidency and life.

Visitors will also be able to view reenactments of Civil War camps, learn about the soldiers and speak with “generals” about their Civil War experiences.

There is no admission fee for the event. A complete schedule of events is available at www.VisitSpringfieldIllinois.com.

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