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  All Day Piano played at the Lincoln's wedding on display   The Lincolns' wedding was held in the Edwards' parlor on Nov. 4, 1842. The piano is on long-term loan from the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tours begin on the hour; suggested donation $3 per person. 523-2631, e-mail: collections@springfieldart.org.
 
  All Day Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War   The deadliest weapon of the Civil War was one that nobody could see, killing two soldiers for every one felled by gunfire. The extraordinary casualties caused by that invisible killer, disease; the conventional weapons used to create slaughter on an unprecedented scale; horrific injuries suffered on the battlefield; and the heroic efforts of medical personnel to treat soldiers on both sides are described in detail in “To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War,” a new exhibit runs through 2013 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. To Kill and to Heal: Weapons and Medicine of the Civil War” opens about a month after the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, the first Civil War battle with massive casualties on a scale that indicated what the remaining years of the war would bring. Glenna Schroeder-Lein is the curator, and she worked closely with an exhibits team consisting of John Malinak, Michael Casey, Carla Smith, Katie Grant, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, staff from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and numerous community groups, institutions, and individuals to create the exhibit. The experiences of actual soldiers are prevalent throughout the exhibit, including quotes and photographs, lending a human touch to the horror of war. Some of the images come from original medical files and graphically depict the effects of deadly weapons and even deadlier germs on the bodies of Union and Confederate soldiers. Paid admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is required to view the exhibit. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, and $6 for children. A special admission rate of $5 is available to those who want to visit only the new exhibit. For more information, visit www.presidentlincoln.org.
 
  All Day MAYOR’S AWARDS FOR THE ARTS – NOMINATIONS WANT   The Office of the Mayor and the Springfield Area Arts Council announce the availability of Nomination Forms for the 2012 Mayor's Awards for the Arts. These Awards recognize outstanding commitment and dedication to the arts in Sangamon and Menard counties, the area served by the Springfield Area Arts Council. The six award categories include Individual Artist, Arts Organization, Arts Volunteer, Arts Educator, Exceptional Arts Student, and Business or Corporation committed to the Arts. The deadline for nominations is 5:00 P. M. on Monday, September 17, 2012. The awards selection committee, to be appointed by the Mayor, will review the nominations and select the award recipients in the designated categories. Since the first presentation in 1985, eighty-eight (88) awards have been presented to individuals, organizations, and businesses. The Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday, October 11, at 5:30 P. M. in the LRS Theater at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. This year is the 19th presentation of the awards. Recipients receive artwork created by a Sangamon or Menard county artist and selected by previous award creators. Nomination Forms for the Mayor's Awards for the Arts will be available after August 13 at the Office of the Mayor, the Springfield Area Arts Council, Lincoln Library, Petersburg Public Library, Prairie Art Alliance Gallery II, Springfield Art Association, or online at www.springfieldartsco.org. For additional information, please contact the Arts Council office at 420 South Sixth Street or by phone (753-3519) or email (office@springfieldartsco.org).
 
  All Day Call for Performers   The Springfield Area Arts Council announces a call for performers for this year’s 26th annual First Night® Springfield. First Night is a family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts, which will be held in downtown Springfield on December 31, 2012. First Night Springfield is the first and longest-running First Night event in Illinois. Performers new to First Night Springfield should submit a recent CD or DVD of selected work examples, or a link to online performance videos. In addition, a short bio and photo of the performer(s) are requested. Past First Night performers need only indicate their interest in participating again. Final selections will be made by the First Night Planning Committee, consisting of Arts Council board members and community representatives. The deadline for performer entries is September 10, 2012. Submissions should be sent or delivered to the Springfield Area Arts Council, 420 South Sixth Street, Springfield, 62701. Online submissions may be emailed to office@springfieldartsco.org. More information is available by emailing director@springfieldartsco.org or calling 217-753-3519.
 
  All Day Symphony on the Square - FREE concert   The “Best New Downtown Event of 2011” returns to Springfield as Symphony on the Square, featuring the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, art and fresh Farmers’ Market produce, will be held Saturday, September 1 in and around the Old State Capitol Plaza. At noon, the Old State Capitol State Historic Site will be filled with living history characters from the mid-1800s, part of the highly successful “History Comes Alive” program. Starting at 4 p.m., they will be joined by furry friends from the Animal Protective League and crafts for kids courtesy of the Springfield Area Arts Council. Artists from the Prairie Art Alliance, Sangamon Watercolor Society, and the Illinois Prairie Pastel Society will be on hand doing live art demonstrations. Cold Stone Creamery will donate a portion of their proceeds during the event. The concert will start on the South Lawn at 6 p.m. This family-friendly concert features music celebrating Americana, from composers including Gershwin, Rogers & Hammerstein, Bernstein, and Sousa, as well as local performers.
 
  All Day Symphony on the Square   The “Best New Downtown Event of 2011” returns to Springfield as Symphony on the Square, featuring the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, art and fresh Farmers’ Market produce, will be held Saturday, September 1 in and around the Old State Capitol Plaza. Events will start with the Old Capitol Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At noon the Old State Capitol State Historic Site will be filled with living history characters from the mid-1800s, part of the highly successful “History Comes Alive” program, and crafts for kids courtesy of the Springfield Area Arts Council. They will be joined by furry friends from the Animal Protective League. Artists from the Prairie Art Alliance, Sangamon Watercolor Society, and the Illinois Prairie Pastel Society will be on hand doing live art demonstrations starting at 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy the final presentation of “Lincoln and Shakespeare” inside the Old State Capitol at 5 p.m. Then, the free Labor Day Concert by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra will begin at 6 p.m. on the Old State Capitol lawn. Symphony on the Square in Springfield is presented by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Old State Capitol. The concert is sponsored by AAA, Brandt, and the State Journal-Register. The Illinois Symphony Orchestra is one of the cultural leaders in central Illinois, bringing critically-acclaimed concerts and education programs to diverse audiences. The upcoming 2012-2013 season welcomes new Music Director Alastair Willis. The Old State Capitol State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is open for free public tours.
 
  9:00AM 5:55PM Gettysburg Address goes on display   One of the most famous documents in United States history goes back on display at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 1 through 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 4 in the Treasures Gallery at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. Paid Museum admission is required to view the document. The handwritten manuscript of the Gettysburg Address was last publicly displayed at the Museum during Lincoln’s Birthday observances February 9 – 13, 2012. There are five original handwritten versions of the Gettysburg Address. Two incomplete ones are in the Library of Congress, a finished one is at Cornell University, and the only one he signed and dated is in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s copy, written at the request of Edward Everett, the main speaker on November 19, 1863 at the Gettysburg Cemetery dedication, came to the State of Illinois in 1944 thanks to the contributions of pennies by Illinois schoolchildren plus a donation by department store magnate Marshall Field III. Illinois’s copy contains the two famous additional words “under God” that Lincoln had not included in his two original draft copies. Displayed nearby will be an original 1880 letter written by Thomas Edison, never before shown, in which the famed inventor praises Lincoln's greatness. Beginning on September 5, a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation will go on display through January 2013. This display will mark the 150th anniversary of the presidential order that freed all slaves in rebel-held territory. The Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamation are part of the 52,000-item Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Pieces from the collection are displayed on a rotating basis in the Museum’s Treasures Gallery, and range from the earliest known document written by Lincoln to items belonging to his wife and children. For more information, visit www.presidentlincoln.org.
 
  7:00AM 10:00PM Registration Open for Memorial’s Transplant 5K   Memorial Medical Center’s 5K Transplant Run/Walk is now accepting registrations. The eighth annual run/walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, in Washington Park in Springfield. Participants will meet at the picnic shelter area near the tennis courts and playground. The registration fee is $20 for adults and $10 for 12-year-olds and younger. The Alan G. Birtch, MD, Center for Transplant Services at Memorial is the event’s host. Participants can visit MemorialTransplantServices.com to register online or to print out a registration form to mail in. Registration begins at 7 a.m. A brief program will begin at 8 a.m. Bill Coon, a double heart transplant and kidney transplant recipient, is the featured speaker. The Fireside Relics will perform during the event. Proceeds go to the hospital’s transplant fund, which assists transplant patients with emergent needs and provides education for patients and staff. For more information, call Memorial’s Transplant Services at (217) 788-3441.
 
  10:00AM 3:00PM Holding Hands with History   The Illinois State Historical Society is pleased to announce a exhibition of paintings by Illinois Artist Laureate Kay Smith, celebrating the life of Abraham Lincoln. "Holding Hands with History: The Life of Abraham Lincoln in the Context of Our National History, 1775-1865," an exhibit of watercolor paintings from Smith's "American Legacy Collection," will be on display from July 14-September 21, 2012, at the A. Lincoln National Museum of Surveying, 521 East Washington in Springfield. The program is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. Fort more information call 217-525-2781. The exhibition will be on display Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the museum is by donation; the exhibition is free with admission to the museum. For more information about the artist and the exhibit, visit kaysmithartist.com or historyillinois.org
 
  9:30AM 11:30AM Piano Teacher Workshop   Morning Etude, the local chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs, is presenting a workshop for piano teachers on Saturday, September 15 from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Steinway Gallery, 2816 Plaza Dr, Springfield. The workshop speaker is Gretchen Taylor of Carlinville. She will be speaking on how to integrate creative ideas into piano lessons to get students excited about learning. The event is free and there will be a drawing for door prizes. For more information, call Michelle Struck at 585-9226.
 
  7:00PM 11:00PM Theater in the Park presents To Kill a Mockingbird   To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee , is a Pulitzer Prize winning story and centered loosely on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old. The play is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator's father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity. Curtain Time - 8:00 p.m. Free preshow at 7:00 p.m. on performance evenings. Box Office: 217-632-5440/800-710-9290 For more information go to www.theatreinthepark.net
 
  8:00AM 12:00PM Halloween Hustle   Halloween Hustle to benefit Helping Hands of Springfield is Saturday October 27th at Lincoln Park in Springfield. Registration starts at 8am at brick shelter #7 on the west side of the park. The 5K starts at 10 am. Register before October 1st for $20 or $25 after October 1st, registration for kids 10 and under is $10. Register on line at www.helpinghandsofspringfield.org
 
  8:00PM 10:00PM Free Labor Day Concert Series   The free Labor Day Concert series by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra will begin at 6 p.m. each evening, with performances on Saturday, September 1st on the Old State Capitol in Springfield; Sunday, September 2nd, in Peterson Park in Mattoon; and Monday, September 3rd in the Corn Crib in Normal. This family-friendly concert celebrates America with composers including Gershwin, Rogers & Hammerstein, Bernstein, and Sousa, as well as local opera stars soprano Saundra D'Athos and tenor Harold Meers. Events will start in Springfield with the Old Capitol Farmers' Market from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At noon, the Old State Capitol State Historic Site will be filled with living history characters from the mid-1800s, part of the highly successful "History Comes Alive" program. Starting at 4 p.m., they will be joined by furry friends from the Animal Protective League and crafts for kids courtesy of the Springfield Area Arts Council. Artists from the Prairie Art Alliance and Sangamon Watercolor Society will be on hand doing live art demonstrations. Cold Stone Creamery will donate a portion of their proceeds during the event. The concert will start on the South Lawn at 6 p.m. In Mattoon, activities begin at 5 p.m. with children's crafts directed by Mattoon High School's Art Club. The Symphony performs at 6 p.m. in the Peterson Park bandshell. Starting at 5 p.m. in Normal, enjoy an activity for the kids from the Advocate BroMenn Pediatrics Department as well as the "McDonald's/Little Jewels Kid's Zone," featuring four different inflatables (two Corny bounce houses, a batting challenge and a pitching challenge) Symphony on the Square in Springfield is presented by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Old State Capitol. The concert is sponsored by AAA, Brandt, and the State Journal-Register. Pops in the Park in Mattoon is made possible by a grant from the Lumpkin Family Foundation. Pops in the Corn Crib in Normal is sponsored by Advocate BroMenn, McDonald's, Little Jewels Learning Center, the Pantagraph, Brant, and Country Financial and is also supported by the Harmon Arts Grant. The Old State Capitol State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is open for free public tours. The Corn Crib is a multi-purpose stadium, primarily used for baseball and is the home of the Normal CornBelters. The Illinois Symphony Orchestra is one of the cultural leaders in central Illinois, bringing critically-acclaimed concerts and education programs to diverse audiences. The upcoming 2012-2013 season welcomes new Music Director Alastair Willis. More information about the Illinois Symphony Orchestra can be found at ilsymphony.org. Images from last year's concerts can be found on the ISO Facebook page.
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