Lincoln events this Friday, Saturday

Vandalia will celebrate its history with three events later this week.

The festivities are kicked off on Friday morning as the Vandalia Statehouse is one of the sites participating in a simultaneous reading of Lincoln's Farewell Address in Springfield.

The reading is set for 11 a.m. at the Statehouse, and the public is invited to attend.

On Friday evening, Vandalia's inaugural Civil War Victory Ball will be held from 7-11 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. Those wearing period clothing will be admitted free, and admission for all others is $5.

"Salt Creek Band" will perform, and a caller will lead the dancers.

The festivities resume on Saturday at 11 a.m., a Civil War Veterans Memorial Service will be held. Weather permitting, the service will be held at the Old State Burial Ground on West Edwards Street, just south of the Vandalia Moose Lodge; in the event of bad weather, the service will be held at the Moose Lodge.

Then, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, the Vandalia Statehouse will host its annual Lincoln's Birthday program.

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