Our History

Learn about the history of the Lincoln Amphitheatre, from its 1959 roots to its present-day operations!

About—Explore the History of the Amphitheatre

Every year, music fans excitedly anticipate Lincoln Amphitheatre’s performance schedule

But Have You Ever Wondered About the History of This Grand Venue and How It Came to Be?

1959-1991

  • 1959

  • 1975

  • 1977

  • 1978

  • 1979

  • 1984

  • 1985

  • 1986

  • 1987

  • 1987-1991

The Sesquicentennial Year

In the sesquicentennial year of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, a group of ladies formed the Lincoln Club of Southern Indiana with the primary purpose of studying and preserving the history of Lincoln’s formative years spent in Spencer County.

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1992-2005

  • 1992-1996

  • 1997-1998

  • 1999-2000

  • 2001

  • 2002

  • 2003

  • 2004

  • 2005

Young Abe Lincoln and Big River

  • Young Abe Lincoln 
  • Big River
  • The Purdue Varsity Glee Club (1996 only)

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2009-2019

  • 2009-2010

  • 2011

  • 2012

  • 2013

  • 2014

  • 2015

  • 2016

  • 2017

  • 2018

  • 2019

Lincoln: Upon the Altar of Freedom

  • Lincoln: Upon the Altar of Freedom

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2020-2023

  • 2020

  • 2021

  • 2022

  • 2023

IOTD Implementation

The Indiana Office of Tourism Development becomes the newly incorporated Indiana Destination Development Corporation. The Lincoln Amphitheatre remains under its umbrella. 


A Year of Darkness

Mostly a dark year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Amphitheatre utilized its most unique characteristics (open air, large seating capacity) to hold a number of limited capacity rental events. Additionally, Amp Unplugged events were first introduced, hosting limited capacity acoustic events with Chris Shaffer (of The Why Store), Adam Hood, Paul McDonald (American Idol), and Carolina Story.

Additionally, limited capacity events were held in tribute to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists, a Will Read and Sing for Food fundraising event, an acoustic James Taylor tribute, as well as an anniversary showing of The Goonies

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Lincoln Amphitheatre - About the History - live orchestra performance featuring the conductor with the audience in thbe background.
Lincoln Amphitheatre - About the History - live play performance featuring a group of actors standing on stage.
LINCOLN AMPHITHEATRE - VENUE - FEMALE PERFORMER SINGING ON STAGE WITH HER BAND STANDING AROUND HER.
LINCOLN AMPHITHEATRE - History About - Audience exiting the venue after a night performance. The walkway is lit up as they walk by the historic cabins.

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