Join us in celebrating the LC Sesquicentennial at Alumni Reunion Weekend, April 24 and 25.
All events are open to the public and free of charge unless otherwise noted in the description.
Friday, April 24
•Wine & Brew Reception, featuring Kickapoo Creek Winery (Edwards, Ill.) and Rolling Meadows Brewery (Cantrall, Ill.), from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Center. Admission is $10 and includes light appetizers and tickets for three complimentary wine tastings. Please call the Alumni Office at (217) 735-7217 to preregister by Friday, April 17.
• The Lincoln College Jazz Ensemble presents “Back from the Big Easy” at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts. A silent auction will also be held in the JC lobby; proceeds from the auction support the jazz studies program. Admission is free for Lincoln College alumni. General admission tickets are $3. (Note: The Jazz Ensemble fall concert sold out, so arrive early for best seats; door open at 7 p.m.)
Saturday, April 25
• Meet Dr. Dennis Campbell in front of the Davidson-Sheffer Gymnasium at 9:30 a.m. for a tour of Creekside, the College’s Outdoor Center for Environmental Education located north of Lincoln along Sugar Creek. The tour lasts about an hour and is free and open to the public; guests are welcome to ride the College bus or drive themselves. (Weather permitting; boots or tennis shoes are recommended.)
• The Lincoln Heritage Museum will celebrate its first anniversary in its new location with extended hours on Saturday, April 25. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and second floor galleries will be open for free walk-through tours. Visitors will be able to view the two special exhibits, “Lincoln College, Embracing our Past, Empowering our Future,” which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of Lincoln College, and “Now He Belongs to the Ages,” which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
• Lincoln College senior Theatre major Alexa Maxey will present a living history performance in the Lincoln Heritage Museum’s first floor gallery at 1 p.m. “Louisa Hawes’s Story: How Logan County Mourned a President and Friend,” is a dramatic portrayal related to the Lincoln assassination and funeral. Admission to the living history presentation is free. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Museum will offer full tours (including the 90-minute audio-video tour of the second floor gallery) at the regular admission price of $5.
• LC’s theme as it turns 150 is “Embracing the Past, Empowering the Future,” so we’ve invited members of the Railsplitter Antique Auto Club and electric vehicle (EV) owners to a Cruise In (weather permitting). The event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lincoln Center parking lot, just a half-mile south of Lincoln Parkway, aka the historic Route 66 bypass. All area car clubs and Lincoln College alumni and friends with vintage cars or EVs are welcome to participate.
• University Hall Past & Future – Lincoln College alumni Professor Emeritus Paul Beaver (class of 1956) and architect John Bishop (class of 1990) will team up for a special Sesquicentennial presentation about Lincoln College’s flagship building, University Hall (UH). UH was built between 1865 and 1866, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 24, 1973. Beaver will discuss its history, and Bishop will talk about its future, including upcoming restoration plans. The presentation will take place at 2 p.m. on the main floor of University Hall. In honor of the Sesquicentennial, all floors (including the basement and attic) of UH will be open following the program for anyone willing and able to climb the stairs.
• “On Broadway: An Evening of Musical Theatre” is the theme for the Lincoln College spring vocal concert featuring the Chorale, Chamber Choir and soloists. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts; general admission is $2.
• The Alumni Dinner & Awards Program begins with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m., followed immediately by the Awards program, which will conclude around 9 p.m. The 2015 Award recipients are: Judge William G. Workman, class of 1981, Alumni Achievement Award in Public Service; Kalee Dionne, class of 2005, Young Alumni Achievement Award; Jean Brown Gossett, class of 1947, LaVeta Zurkammer Alumni Award; and Lincoln Rotary past president Kirby Rodgers, Honorary Alumnus Award. Cost for the dinner program is $30. Please call the Alumni Office at (217) 735-7217 to preregister by Friday, April 17.
Registration information and the complete list of all activities and events, including Bookstore hours, are available at http://alumni.lincolncollege.edu/lc-event/alumni-reunion-weekend/ . For more details, contact the Lincoln College Alumni Relations office at (217) 735-7217 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.