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ALPLM to host rink in Union Square Park, along with other winter activities
SPRINGFIELD – Skating is coming to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum this winter.
The ALPLM will host a skating rink using artificial ice that is operated by Sangamon CEO, an entrepreneurship program for high school students to learn leadership and business skills. The students will operate the rink in the ALPLM’s Union Square Park on the Wednesday and Saturday nights that Springfield’s Downtown Holiday Walks take place.
The rink adds one more option to the ALPLM’s menu of winter fun, which includes free evening admission, performances of “The Nutcracker,” arts and crafts for children, music and farmers markets.
The rink’s surface is a polymer material that doesn’t melt like ice but still lets people zoom around on regular ice skates. It has been part of the Downtown Holiday Walks for several years at the Old State Capitol. Construction at that site meant the rink had to move, so the ALPLM offered its park.
The Sangamon CEO program will operate the skating rink on:
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 4 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
On those dates, skates can be rented inside Union Station for a nominal fee, which helps support Sangamon CEO class activities. Rentals and skate times can be scheduled in advance at iventured-icerink.square.site.
Community volunteers will extend operations by staffing the rink on:
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 5 – 8 p.m..
Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
There will be no rental fee on those dates.
The presidential museum will offer free admission 4-7 p.m. from Nov. 25 to Dec.. 23, although we encourage everyone to “pay” by donating new personal hygiene items for people in need. We’ll have winter-themed crafts for children and amazing lights and special effects for everyone to enjoy. The Prairie Winds Flute Ensemble will perform in our exhibit “Here I Have Lived: Home in Illinois” on Nov. 25 and 29 and on Dec. 2.
From Dec. 6 through Dec. 23, the ALPLM will welcome the Copper Coin Ballet Company on Wednesdays and Saturdays to perform “The Nutcracker.” seats must be reserved in advance on the ALPLM website’s Events page.
The ALPLM will be home to Illinois’ official Gold Star Family Christmas Tree beginning December 4th, following the lighting of the tree by Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Terry Prince. Decorated with personalized ornaments, the tree commemorates 349 Illinois heroes who lost their lives in combat.
And throughout the winter, the ALPLM hosts the Downtown Springfield Winter Farmers Market in historic Union Station. The market features baked goods, produce, meat, honey and more. It takes place 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 3 and 17, March 2 and 16, and April 6 and 20.
The mission of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is to inspire civic engagement through the diverse lens of Illinois history and sharing with the world the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. We pursue this mission through a combination of rigorous scholarship and high-tech showmanship built on the bedrock of the ALPLM’s unparalleled collection of historical materials – roughly 13 million items from all eras of Illinois history.
For more information, visit www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov. You can follow the ALPLM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.