Sunday, July 24, 2011

FGS 2011 – Springfield Sightseeing Plans

If you are going to FGS 2011 in Springfield, Illinois and you enjoy mixing in a little sightseeing with a conference, you are in luck. Historic attractions are all over the place in the city that was home to Abraham Lincoln before he became the 16th President of the United States. Some of the biggest ones are even in walking distance of the Prairie Capital Convention Center and the conference hotels.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is just about four blocks away. There will even be free tickets available to FGS attendees for a behind-the-scenes tour of the library. Check out the FGS Conference News Blog for more information about that tour and the available times.

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is three blocks south of the convention center and hotels. The Old State Capitol and Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices are just a couple of blocks to the west but you will need a vehicle to visit Lincoln’s Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Check out Springfield's website and the FGS Conference News Blog for more attractions.

I'm planning to arrive in Springfield early enough on Tuesday to visit Lincoln's Tomb and the Presidential Library and Museum that afternoon. Does anyone else have sightseeing plans?

Disclosure: I am an Official Blogger for FGS 2011. 


  1. We were in Springfield last month and we made an unplanned stop at the Old State Capitol. The tour was about 20 minutes and we really enjoyed it. If I remember correctly, it was about a 6 block walk from the Presidenial Library.

  2. We did the house, law offices, tomb and the museum last fall. The museum was outta this world fabulous! Missed the capital tho. Reason for a return visit! yea, that works!