Vandalia will celebrate the 204th birthday of Abraham Lincoln with several activities this weekend.
The birthday celebration for the 16th president, who started his political career as a state representative during the period when Vandalia was Illinois’ capitol, includes activities on both Saturday and Sunday.
National Road Interpretive Center
The National Road Center, located at 106 S. Fifth St., will offer children’s activities from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday.
The center’s fourth birthday will be celebrated from 3-5 p.m., with Molly Bellany of Marshall talking about “the experiences of a 21-year-old man” at 4 p.m.
Refreshments will be served during the birthday celebration.
Lincoln Victory Ball
The third annual period dance will be held from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, with doors opening at 6 p.m.
Admission is $5 per person, but those dressed in period clothing will be admitted free of charge.
The ball will again feature “Salt Creek Band” and a period dance caller.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the Wounded Warriors Project, and a raffle will be held for a Civil-War period shawl made by the wife of Vandalia Statehouse Site Superintendent Steve Riddle.
Refreshments will be available.
The Lincoln Victory Ball is being sponsored by First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Greenville and Mulberry Grove; Vandalia Historical Society; and Vandalia Tourism Commission.
For more information, contact Connie Bolyard at 267-2232.
Lincoln Program at Statehouse
The annual Statehouse observance of Lincoln’s Birthday will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The observance will include an address, “Lincoln and Slavery,” by local historian Kevin Kaegy.
Lincoln Display at Museum
Throughout February, the Fayette County Museum will have a special Lincoln display.
The museum is located north of the Vandalia Statehouse, at Kennedy Boulevard and Main Street.