Academy of Lifelong Learning - "History"



The Charleston Riot
A three-day event will mark the 150th anniversary of The Charleston Illinois Riot. Events include a Civil War Encampment, the original play A Question of Loyalty, written for the event by Earl Halbe, Geocaching, the Union Soldiers’ March, 5K and 2 Mile Fun Walk, “Reflections of the Riot,” Historic House Tour, Troop Arrival at the Coles County Fairgrounds, A Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln and much more. The event committee is offering a family-friendly weekend, with all activities around the Charleston city square free to the public.

Friday-Sunday, March 28-30, 2014

This event is FREE and open to the public!


Consider these selected events or visit for a complete listing.

Friday, March 28, 2014

3 p.m. -- Event kick off with wreath laying ceremony at the site of the Charleston Riot marker on the square, by descendants of participants.

7:30 p.m. -- A Question of Loyalty: an original play, written for the event by Earl Halbe. Charleston Christian Church, 411 Jackson Ave.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

9 a.m. -- Historical Tours of Old City and Mound Cemeteries, final resting place of riot participants

Noon -- A Visit With Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, an event for children at the Charleston Public Library, presented by Mr. and Mrs. B.F. McClerren


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