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Sandburg anniversary features free tours, music performance

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will offer free special programs Oct. 14 and 15 to celebrate the park’s 55th anniversary.

That weekend, tours of the Sandburg Home will be free. On Oct. 15, The Gathering Dark will present the music program “Sandburg’s Songbag” at the amphitheater. The park was authorized on Oct. 17, 1968.

“Sandburg’s Songbag” will be presented from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the park amphitheater. The free program, sponsored by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, explores Sandburg’s musical legacy through stories, songs, and poems. The Gathering Dark is a songwriting duo of Josh Dunkin, who hails from Tennessee by way of Chicago, and Steven DuRose, who hails from Ohio by way of Los Angeles.

The free home tours will be available at 11 a.m., noon, and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Please allow 30 minutes to walk or shuttle from the parking lots to the Sandburg Home.

A free park shuttle runs from the main parking lot on Little River Road to the farm area, Sandburg Home, and grounds. The shuttle operates on the days and times the Park Store/Visitor Center and Sandburg Home are open: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Access to the goat farm is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.