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David Davis Mansion 2015 Calendar of Events

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2015 Special Events at the David Davis Mansion

The Mansion is open for regular tours each week 9am-4pm, Wednesday-Saturday, except holidays. The events below are separate opportunities to visit, during times and dates noted, when special programs are planned for your pleasure. Call 309-828-1084 with questions.

Civil War Days

July 18th

Grounds open 9am – 4pm, 6pm - 8pm

July 19th

Grounds open 9am – 4pm

Donations welcome and help support Mansion events and activities

The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War will be commemorated during a special event featuring Civil War celebrities, cannon fire, presentations and hands-on family activities on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, on the grounds of the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site in Bloomington. The event is designed for adults and families and is free and open to the public.

Saturday, July 19 will include a dramatic presentation by “The Generals,” Surrender at Appomattox. The Generals are nationally known for their representations of Lee, Grant, Custer and other famous generals of the Civil War. “With Pen in Hand”, presented by Laura Reyman, is a Tableau Vivante that depicts letters from a soldier home. Max and Donna Daniels, as Abraham and Mary Lincoln, will present “Lincoln and the Children.” The Tea Ladies will present, “In Memory of My Dear One”, Victorian Mourning customs. Demonstrations on Civil War Surgery, parade drilling, carriage rides and a Military Ball led by the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band, Civil War Dancers, and Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln will round out the day.

The Mansion grounds will host additional fun and interesting events, such as the reenactment of a military encampment, rope making, root beer making, and sutlers/vendors offering Civil-War-era goods for sale. There will also be special appearances by the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band and President and Mrs. Lincoln. Picnic-style foods will be for sale, and Mansion and Garden tours will be offered.

The weekend will conclude on Sunday, July 20 with a church service at 9 a.m. under the tent. It will be led by Pastor Jerry with the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band providing the music. The Generals and the surgical unit will also make presentations and there will be another reenactment skirmish.

Civil War Days is presented in conjunction with ”Lincoln’s Festival in Bloomington,” a citywide celebration of Lincoln in Bloomington. Activities are also scheduled at Franklin Park, Illinois Wesleyan University, downtown Bloomington, the McLean County Museum of History, the Burr House and the Bloomington Public Library. For information on other activities related to Lincoln’s Festival, see the lineup on Facebook.com or lincolnsfestival.com

2015 Schedule of Events
Saturday, July 18
10:00In Memory of My Beloved: Victorian Mourning Customs - The Tea Ladies
11:00Tableau Vivante: With Pen in Hand - Laura Reyman
12:00Concert 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band
1:00Mr. Lincoln and the Children - Max and Donna Daniels
2:00Surrender at Appomattox - The Generals
3:00Skirmish Between the Troops
3:30Civil War Surgery - Ron Kirchgessner
6:00Military Ball – 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band/Civil War Dancers
Sunday, July 19
9:00Ecumenical Church Service - Pastor Jerry and the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band
10:00Mr. Lincoln and the Children - Max and Donna Daniels
11:00Tableau Vivante: With Pen in Hand - Laura Reyman
12:00In Memory of My Beloved: Victorian Mourning Customs - The Tea Ladies
1:00Surrender at Appomattox - The Generals
2:00Skirmish Between the Troops
2:30Civil War Surgery - Ron Kirchgessner

Antique Auto Exhibition

August 1st

10am – 3pm

Suggested Donation $5

Vintage automobiles from the early 1900s will be the highlight of the 19th Annual Antique Car Exhibition at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site on Saturday.

More than 75 cars from the 1900s through the 1980s will be displayed on the mansion grounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can stroll through the amazing collection of vintage vehicles on display. They can view the cars up close, talk with the owners and meet fellow automobile enthusiasts.

All vintage automobiles are invited to participate in a “Parade of Progress” around the mansion drive at approximately 2 p.m.

The Illinois Country Music Association will provide entertainment for guests on the lawn. There will also be picnic foods and beverages for sale. Free, self-guided tours of the mansion will be offered, and mansion guides will be on hand to answer questions.

The event is co-sponsored by the McLean County Antique Automobile Club and the David Davis Mansion Foundation. A donation of $5 per person is suggested.

The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site at 1000 Monroe Drive in Bloomington is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. It was built in 1872 and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for public tours.

The David Davis Mansion Foundation is a not-for-profit organization supporting education, preservation and acquisition programs for the David Davis Mansion.

The McLean County Antique Automobile Club’s members are committed to the preservation of antique automobiles and enjoy the camaraderie that goes along with these preservation efforts.

Cruise-In at the Mansion

September 12th

12 Noon – 4pm

Suggested Donation $5

Calling all cars! Vehicles of all styles, vintages and types are welcome to join the Fifth Annual “Cruise-In at the Mansion” scheduled for Saturday, September 12 from Noon to 4 p.m. at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site at 1000 E. Monroe in Bloomington. The fundraising event for the David Davis Mansion Foundation is open to the public for a $5 donation. There is no entry fee for participating vehicles.

“Cruise-in at the Mansion” is sponsored by the Car Community Automobile Club and will feature no judging or trophies – just a day of enjoyment for vehicle owners and enthusiasts. The vehicles will be displayed on the grounds of the 1870s Victorian mansion. Food concessions will be offered, ice cream will be available from Schwan’s Quality Foods and the band ‘The Bygones’ will provide live entertainment.

Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 participants. To reserve a dash plaque, email ccacbi@gmail.com or call Don or Cindy at (309) 378-4391. Vehicle check-in begins at 11 a.m. the day of the event. Dash plaques are sponsored by the Car Community Automobile Club.

The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, was built in 1872 and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for public tours. The David Davis Mansion Foundation is a not-for-profit organization supporting education, preservation and acquisition programs for the David Davis Mansion.

A Bountiful Feast

November 7th

9am – 4pm

The servants are busy preparing the Mansion for Thanksgiving and we are invited to drop in. Be careful, or you might be put to work!

Thanksgiving at Clover Lawn

November 4th-21st

9am – 4pm

Focusing on Thanksgiving customs of the era, the Mansion will reflect an old fashioned Thanksgiving as the Davis family experienced it.

Christmas at the Mansions

December 12th

Watch for tour hours and ticket information

Delight in an abundance of lavish Christmas décor as you tour three Mansions in the community, including the Davis Mansion, all elegantly dressed for your visit!

Christmas at Clover Lawn

November 27th-December 31st

9am – 4pm

Lavishly adorned with greens, colorful paper decorations, ornaments of glass, gold, and silver, the Davis Mansion sits in all its glory awaiting your holiday visit! Come see the many trees – each with a different theme – smell the wonderful holiday smells, learn about Christmas traditions and customs through the years, and enjoy the splendor of this Victorian jewel on the prairie!

Prologue to Presidency: Abraham Lincoln on the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit

Ongoing Exhibit

Funded by a total of $33,000 in grants from several organizations, this is the first of such major exhibits to be created in the local Lincoln legacy programs, and is housed in the Lincoln-era barn on the grounds of the David Davis Mansion. The project is sponsored by the former Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of McLean County as part of the celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial. The exhibit development was also supported by the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition. The Heritage Association of McLean County is working with the Davis Mansion staff and Foundation to promote the exhibit and create related educational programs and special events. For more information, contact the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site at (309) 828-1084.

Looking for Lincoln and Davis

Special exhibits and educational programs related to Abraham Lincoln and David Davis are part of a statewide tourism program. Call (309) 828-1084 for more information.

Victorian History Program and Tour

Presented by The Tea Ladies, Inc.

Join The Tea Ladies for any of several entertaining and factual Victorian programs presented in the formal parlor of the David Davis Mansion. Programs are presented in Victorian costume by Nancy Perzo and Karen Patton. For further information on available programs, scheduling, and cost, contact Nancy Perzo at (309) 827-2200 and visit The Tea Ladies website


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