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Festival to mark Illinois bicentennial

BLOOMINGTON — The McLean County Museum of History will celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial during the July 20-22 Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66.

"Encounters with Lincoln’s World," from 5 to 8 p.m. July 20 at the museum and other downtown locations, will offer dramatized stories of ordinary people. Performances will begin every 20 minutes.

Trivia games will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 22.

Museum Executive Director Emeritus Greg Koos will lead a walking tour of Lincoln sites in downtown Bloomington at 11 a.m. July 21, beginning inside the museum’s Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center.

Speaking in the Governor Fifer Courtroom will be Betty Kay, “The True Story of Mary Lincoln,” 12:30 p.m. July 21; Cheryl Eichar Jett, “Writing Women into Route 66 History,” 2 p.m. July 21; and Guy Fraker, an illustrated program traveling the 8th Judicial Circuit, 1 p.m. July 22.

For more information, visit www.lincolnsfestival.net.

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