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Thursday, June 17, 2010 01:41 am

DOWNTOWN IMPERSONATORS

Lincoln impersonators, singers and costumed interpreters have begun to fill downtown streets as the “History Comes Alive” program begins in an effort to boost tourism.

“History Comes Alive” will feature historical performers and singers on the street and new programs such as stroller tours that will be friendly for families with young children as well as late night activities for visitors. Performances will be held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Union Square Park and the Lincoln home, along with many other places in Springfield.

“The beauty of this program is that it’s unlike anything we’ve ever done,” said Tim Farley, executive director of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“History Comes Alive” began June 15 and will continue though August 15. The program is intended to follow up on the success of the Lincoln Bicentennial last year and lead into the planned 150-year anniversary of the Civil War in 2011. For more info go to www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/historycomesalive.
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