Justin Blandford, site superintendent with the Office of Land Management at IDNR, will provide an overview of Abraham Lincoln's connections to the Old State Capitol as well as an update on projects and programs. Although the Old State Capitol is a place with which many people are familiar, there are new and exciting things being planned for 2021 and beyond. Blandford will share what he feels are the most important historical moments in the building's history, explore details of upcoming capital projects that will help preserve the Old State Capitol, and discuss some of the new history education programs planned for the the future. As the superintendent for the state historic sites in Springfield, Blandford manages the network of sites that includes the Lincoln Tomb, Old State Capitol, Dana-Thomas House, Vachel Lindsay Home, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices and Illinois Veterans Memorials. So this interactive conversation could cover any and all of the se state historic sites.