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  All Day Geocaching   Get your family out to experience our parks with geocaching, a fun high tech scavenger hunt. Starting this spring, search for Springfield Park District's 10 caches hidden throughout the park district. Find exciting, first to find prizes, as well as passes and other fun prizes. For more information and to upload the coordinates, visit the Springfield Park District website.
 
  All Day Tree Trunk Exhibit   Two segments of tree trunks, remnants of the devastating 1925 Tri-State tornado, are now on exhibit in the lobby of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, along with several historic photographs. These “tornado trees” are a dramatic illustration of the power of tornadoes. Many people who have visited the Illinois State Museum over the years will remember seeing this popular exhibit. These fragments of trees with large boards rammed through them were recovered near Murphysboro after the great Tri-State tornado of March 18, 1925. A 2 x 4 board is jammed into one of the trunks, and a 1 x 10 piece of wood has been driven through the other. The 1925 Tri-State tornado wreaked havoc along its 219 mile path. The tornado is considered to be one of the most destructive tornadoes to life and property in the United States. It swept without warning across Missouri, southern Illinois, and Indiana, killing 689 people, injuring 1,980 and causing $17 million in damage (1925 dollars). Illinois was hardest hit – 606 people died and 1,563 were injured. Murphysboro suffered the greatest destruction. The tornado trees were donated to the Illinois State Museum in 1925 by H. Langdon Robinson (part of the Henson Robinson Company family). H. Langdon Robinson was a young lieutenant in the National Guard, which was called out in the aftermath of the devastating tornado. According to Sally Robinson of Springfield, her father H. Langdon Robinson asked to have the trees after they were cut down for the purpose of donating them to the Illinois State Museum. At that time, the Illinois State Museum was located in the Centennial Building (now the Howlett Building). The trees represent one of the oldest museum exhibits. They were shown in the Centennial Building beginning in 1925 and were moved to the current Illinois State Museum building when it opened in 1963. For more than 75 years, visitors were fascinated by the exhibit that graphically demonstrated the powerful force of a deadly tornado. The exhibit was removed when the new Changes natural history exhibition was created. The trees are among the most frequently asked about items by museum visitors. The display continues in the Museum lobby through August 25.
 
  All Day Illinois State Fair   Preview Night Thur., Aug 8/ County Fair & Horse Racing Day Fri., Aug 9/ City of Springfield/Local Officials Day Sat., Aug 10 Veterans Day Sun., Aug 11/ Senior Citizens Day/Scout Day Mon., Aug 12/ Agriculture Day Tue., Aug 13/ Governor's Day Wed., Aug 14/ Republican Day Thur., Aug 15/ Futures for Kids Day Fri., Aug 16/ Park District Conservation Day Sat., Aug 17/ Family Day Sun., Aug 18 . Full fair details at http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/
 
  7:00AM 5:30PM Summer Day Camp   The Springfield Park District is taking registrations for the Nelson Center Summer Day Camp. Camp begins June 3 and runs through August 17 (Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). Kids ages 5 -12 can attend and participate in various outdoor activities including swimming, games and themed weeks. Swimming lessons are provided as well. For additional information, please contact Jeremy Bonnett at 753-2800 or by email at jeremyb@springfieldparks.org . For information on other park district programs and events visit our website at www.springfieldparks.org.
 
  6:30PM 10:00PM Potluck the Musical   At Playhouse On the Square. Aug. 9, 10 and 16, 17 -- dinner is served at 6:30, show starts at 7:30. Sun. Aug. 11 and 18 -- lunch is served at 1, show starts at 2. Call to reserve tickets: 217-491-3977. Tickets: $ 20.00 includes the show and dinner catered by Little White Cottage. Featuring: Shelly Flickinger, Mary Beth Mahoney, Leah President, Sylvia Burke, Carrie Carls and Ken Bradbury on piano.
 
  8:00PM 10:30PM Theater in the Park - Little Women, the Musical   This is a musical with a book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and music by Jason Howland and based on the critically acclaimed Louisa May Alcott's classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, Little Women. The musical focuses on the four March sisters — brassy, tomboy-like, aspiring writer Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth — and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio. All performances: $13 Adult, $11 Seniors, $8 Children (under 12). For reservations and to order, call 217-632-5440 or 1-800-710-9290. Box Office Hours : Monday through Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sundays: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. http://www.theatreinthepark.net/index.html
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