Sunday, September 30, 2018
Central Park, 104 E. Benton Avenue, Naperville, Illinois
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Laughing Lincoln Jubilee comes to Naperville’s Central Park on Sunday, September 30th from 1-5pm. Century Walk will dedicate a cornerstone representing the first DuPage County Court House.
A 19th-century county fair atmosphere will present food, beer & wine, experiences, entertainment, mystery and music. Concert seating and the playground are free. A $10 admission is charged for the Central Lawn, $5 under 21. Rain or Shine. Tickets, details or to donate at www.CenturyWalk.org.
The year is 1839. Abraham Lincoln is 30-years old. He’s a storyteller. He’s funny. He and our nation have no way of knowing his future. The Jubilee is dedicated to 30-year olds everywhere. They are similarly poised and proven contributors to family, faith, prosperity, community and fun. You are invited to join this unique celebration at the Laughing Lincoln Jubilee.
The year is 1839. Abraham Lincoln is serving in the Illinois General Assembly with Joe Naper, founder of Naperville. Each man wants to accomplish a major political change and swap votes to do it. Abe wants to move the state capitol from Vandalia to Springfield. Done! Joe wants to carve DuPage County out of Cook County. Victory!
The cornerstone to be dedicated on September 30th represents the first DuPage County Court House that was located in today’s Central Park. Morris Sleight donated the land and when the county seat was moved to Wheaton the county donated the land, 3.8-acres, for use as a public park to the people of Naperville.
On December 2nd a life-size statue of Laughing Lincoln seated upon the cornerstone will be dedicated during Century Walk’s Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Bash.
Cost of Admission: $10 Adult / 5 under 21