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Bryant Heritage Sunday

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Sunday, July 14, 2013by millie.lange

A Bement tradition of music, history and summer fun continues this year as Bryant Cottage State Historic Site hosts the 26th Annual Heritage Sunday, July 14 from 4-6:30 p.m. Visitors can gather on the cottage lawn to enjoy the afternoon filled with period music by High Cotton, a local bluegrass band. Peggy Wells will entertain the crowd by portraying Julia, a relative of one of Abraham Lincoln’s neighbors in Springfield. Through her tales, she will share her view of Mary Lincoln. An ice cream social will wrap up the afternoon’s festivities with a sweet treat. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to sit back and enjoy the event.

Bryant Cottage State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (, is the 1856 home of early Bement businessman Francis E. Bryant, a friend of Stephen A. Douglas. Lincoln and Douglas met there to discuss their famed debates for the 1858 Senate race. The site is located at 146 E. Wilson Street, and is open 9-5 Thursday through Sunday for free tours. To learn more, call (217) 678-8184 or visit