ARTifacts 3/20/08

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Lipizzaner stallions back at Show Me Center

The "World Famous" Lipizzaner stallions present the 38th anniversary of the dancing white stallions April 26 at the Show Me Center. The anniversary show features new music, choreography and routines with a major emphasis on the historical background and foundation of the Lipizzaner breed, from its original breeding and use as a horse of war to a horse of nobility and aristocracy to a living form of equestrian art. The current tour features 12 to 14 stallions performing routines and choreographed stunts to music from master composers. The Hapsburg royal family, who ruled Austria and Spain, began breeding Lippizzaners from Spanish stock to be used by the military and riding schools. Now the graceful stallions entertain people worldwide. Tickets are $26.50 for Gold Circle seats; $22.50 and $19.50 for adult admission; $20.50 and $17.50 for people younger than 12 and older than 60. Group discounts are available. Purchase tickets at the Show Me Center Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets and www.showmecenter.biz. For more information, call 651-5000.

Union County Museum opens for 2008 season

ANNA, Ill. — The Union County Museum has reopened after the winter hibernation. The Illinois museum has exhibits on American Indian artifacts, Anna Pottery, railroad/farming history and local history. The museum this year features a rotating exhibit of all Unions County schools. Each month will highlight a new school. The Union County Historical and Genealogy Society operates the museum. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 618-893-2865 during museum hours.

Playful exhibit opens at General John A. Logan Museum

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. — The General John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro contains mostly Civil War era history and the history of Jackson County, Ill.-native Gen. John A. Logan. But now the history of play and leisure will be on display in the brand-new wing of the museum with the new exhibit, "Let's Play: Pastimes from the Past" on display until July 14. The exhibit focuses on late 19th century American history when leisure activities became a more important part of life. It highlights things like improvements in the printing industry making playing card and board game production more affordable and wide spread. Museum hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Admission is free. Call 618-684-3455 for more information.

— From staff reports

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