Meet Abraham Lincoln

What better way to learn history than actually being there? Travel back to 1848 as Illinois Congressman Abraham Lincoln salutes the opening of the I&M Canal. This free, 45-minute outdoor program will take place at three locations throughout the day and is the first event in our year-long 175th Anniversary celebration.

·      11:00 AM in Joliet, Illinois, on the steps of the Will County Courthouse

·      1:30 PM in Morris, Illinois, on the steps of the Grundy County Courthouse

·      4:00 PM in Ottawa, Illinois, in Washington Square Park, with short reception to follow at Reddick Mansion

Other events Celebrating the I&M Canal's 17th Anniversary:
April 12: Mass at St. James at Sag Bridge at 3pm

April 14: 26th Annual Boat Captain's Lunchoen from 11:30am - 1:30pm at Bolingbrook Golf Club

April 15: Louis Jolliet: A Solid Path through water from 7pm-9pm at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park and Theatre

April 16: Untold African American Stories from 1pm - 2pm at Lock 16 Cafe

April 16-23: I&M Canal Cleanup days

April 22 - Lemont Junior Ranger Day from 10am - 4pm at The Forge: Lemont Quarries

April 29: The Chicago Portage - A Lasting Gift from 1pm - 3pm at Lyons Public Library