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Upcoming Events:


Trick or Treat Crochet

Saturday, October 7 2023 9AM-12PM
$35/$25 for SAA members

This is a beginning crochet workshop. Learn how to use a crochet hook, make a “chain”, and use a slip stitch, single, and double crochet stitches. 

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Showdown at the Edwards Saloon

October 20-21, 2023 - 6:30PM
October 22, 2023 - 4:30PM

$65 per ticket ($60 for SAA members)

It’s the Wild West and Sheriff Woody Johnson is set to have a quick draw duel with outlaw Riflin’ Rosie to settle a long-standing dispute. However, he never shows up to the showdown. It turns out he was murdered before he had the chance to defeat the outlaw once and for all.   

At Showdown at the Edwards Saloon, guests will help to solve the dastardly murder of Sheriff Woody. You will interact with a motley crew of suspects to discover which of them committed the crime, all while enjoying a themed, catered meal from Emerald's Eats and complimentary beer and wine. The show is written in-house and includes a dozen community members as actors and as director.

Buy a ticket and be part of the fun!

This event is for 21+ ages only.

Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, October 18 at 5PM. 95% refunds will be given until October 11 at 5PM, after which time, refunds will no longer be given.

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19th Century Parenting Styles

Thursday, November 2, 2023 6PM
Free lecture

Join us on November 2 at 6PM for a lecture panel entitled, “Parenting in 19th Century Springfield.” This panel will focus on the Lincoln and Edwards families, and will feature speakers Christian McWhirter, of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Samuel Wheeler of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Division, Erika Holst of the Illinois State Museum, and SAA curator Sarah Adams. This panel is free of charge, but donations will be accepted at the door. 


Harvest Basket

Saturday, November 4, 2023 9AM-12PM
$35/$25 for SAA members

This is for beginners weaving small fabric baskets. Once your learn the technique, you will be able to weave baskets of various materials, including some recycled items. 


Holiday Embroidery

Saturday, December 2, 2023 9AM-12PM
$35/$25 for SAA members

This workshop is to create small embroidered objects appropriate for the winter holidays and gift-giving. 

Annual Events:


Holiday Open House

First Saturday in December

This event is a free open house, giving guests a chance to see Edwards Place in holiday finery, while listening (and singing!) carols around a piano once heard by Abraham Lincoln and meeting a Civil War era Santa Claus. Refreshments are provided.

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Holiday Afternoon Tea

Second Saturday in December

Learn about popular tea customs, while participating in a special program focused on holiday themes. Themes in the past have included "A Visit from St. Nicholas" and Charles Dickens. This event is $40 and includes tea, tea foods, gifts, and original programming.


Victorian Game Night

Last Friday in March, even numbered years

This is a new biennial event teaching the card and dice games of the past to game lovers of the present. Guests will discover that these games hold up as entertaining entertainment for a night with friends or family. Enjoy "gambling" at the tables, and the top performers will receive prizes!


Historical Fashion Show

Last Saturday in March, odd numbered years

This biennial event focuses on specific topics in fashion history, giving a wide range of examples through its timeline. Experience this fashion show like the first fashion shows of Paris, before Fashion Week took over with the exciting lights and sounds we have today. These were intimate affairs where one could get close and personal with the clothing to see the construction and detail.

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Spring Afternoon Tea

First Saturday in May

Learn about popular tea customs, while participating in a special program focused on special themes. Themes in the past have included "Little Women" and Storybook Garden. This event is $40 and includes tea, tea foods, gifts, and original programming.


History Comes Alive
Ice Cream Socials with Abe and Mary

Fridays in June and July

Every Friday in the summer, we host Abraham and Mary Lincoln at Edwards Place for an outdoor ice cream social. Meet our 16th president and first lady while enjoying a free cup of ice cream provided by Visit Springfield on the porch of this historic house museum.

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Hoopskirt and Haber-Dash 5k Fun Run

Fourth Saturday in August

Race back to the 19th century in the Hoopskirt and Haber-Dash. This is a 5K fun run where you can dress like you just stepped out of a haberdashery in hat and tie, or that you just made your debut in the biggest hoopskirt you can find! The course is a mostly flat course in Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield, Illinois, through Enos Park neighborhood, north through Lincoln Park, and back down again. Fun costuming is encouraged, with a prize for the best dressed of the bunch. After the run, stick around for historical activities.

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