​​Ongoing​

Where: Union Station at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Complex.
This new exhibit will include key sets, costumes, and props from the movie Lincoln.

November 22, 2014 - February 28​, 2016
Undying Words:  Lincoln 1858-1865​
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
The opening of our next new exhibit:  Undying Words:  Lincoln 1858-1865 will be on November 22, 2014.  The exhibit will explore Lincoln's changing views through five key speeches.  The exhibit is a collaboration with the Chicago History Museum and will feature amazing artifacts and interactive stations.  A section of this exhibit will focus on the assassination of our 16th president.

April 2 - Mid July
A Fiendish Assassination
Where: Treasures Gallery in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
A special six-week exhibit on Lincoln's death and funerals.  Thirty-six items, many never before displayed, take us from the fateful moment in Ford's Theater, along the train's route, to the final procession and entombment in Springfield.  Highlights include the never seen before silver medallion from his hearse.  (related items in Undying Words exhibit).  Museum admission required.

April 19 - Mid July
A Decade Ago
Where: Ghost of the Library Queue in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
A reflective look back at the creation of the museum and its dedication.  View objects, images and video that tell the story of how this amazing Presidential Museum was created.  Museum admission required.

June 27, 2015
33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band
Where: Entrance of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band performs a concert of Civil War-era music at 11:00am. 

June 20, 2015
Storytime
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Storytime with a Civil War Solider.  Join in the fun in the museum plaza.  Museum admission required.

June 19, 2015
The Ballroom Dancers
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Returning for a special performance:  The Ballroom Dancers from Brigham Young University at 12:15pm.  Museum admission required.

June 18, 2015
Meet the Creators
Where: Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Did you know that there are 46 life statues in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum?  It's a powerful experience when a story looks you right in the eye. It can stir an emotion, or demand a reaction.  Hear the stories of how our life statues were created.  The Life Formations team blends world class artistry and cutting edge technology to create experiences that engage, inform and entertain audiences around the world.  The broad scope of their in-house capabilities enables them to seamlessly integrate different methods and materials into new experiences in ways few others can achieve.  A "Meet the Creators" reception, hosted by Bill and Julie Cellini, will follow the presentation.  Purchase tickets on line.

June 16, 2015
Undying Words
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
This interactive program will invite staff, volunteers, students, and museum visitors to publicly read excerpts from Lincoln's most well-know speeches in the museum plaza.   Museum admission required.

June 16, 2015
A Sweet Affair
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
What is sweeter that romance?  Join Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln over cake and dessert as they discuss their own love story and the love stories of their friends and relatives.  Enjoy music and desserts, view original letters and artifacts, and mingle with the Lincolns' friends at this sweet celebration of love in the 19th century!  (period clothing encouraged, but keep in mind, during part of the event you will be in theater seating)  Museum will open at 6:30pm.  The event will begin at 6:30pm and end at 9:00pm.  Purchase tickets on line.

June 13, 2015
Songs Lincoln Loved
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Music duo Suzanne and Jim will be back in Springfield to perform "Songs Lincoln Loved" at 10:00am.   Museum admission required.

June 11, 2015​
Strawberry Social​ with Mary Lincoln
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
It's ladies night out!  Enjoy an evening with Mary Lincoln and sample many wonderful strawberry delights.  Learn about all of Mary's favorite things:  19th Century clothing, Etiquette, and Poetry.  Special guests include Pam Brown, Charla Byers, Carol Manning, and Sheila Walk.  (attire - business casual)  Door open at 6:30pm.  Event will begin at 6:30pm and end at 9:00pm.  Music will be provide by Beth Flute Choir.  ​  Purchase tickets on line.​

June 10, 2015
Family Day
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
We are honoring Fathers.  Create a special "It's All About My Dad​" poster from 10:00am -2:00pm.  Museum admission required.

June 10, 2015
Rock Valley Children's Choir
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
A special concert by Rock Valley Children's Choir at 12:00 noon.   Museum admission required.

June 5, 2015
The Young Ambassadors
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Returning for a special performance:  The Young Ambassadors performing troupe from Brigham Young University at 12:15pm.  Museum admission required.

May 27 and 29 2015
One Destiny
Where: Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
One Destiny explores the events surrounding Lincoln's assassination in April, 1865 as seen through the eyes of two men who worked at Ford's Theater.  The popular 35-minute play includes a Question and Answer session with the actors.  Shows starts at 1:30pm.  Tickets are available at the Union Theatre beginning two hours prior to the show.  Museum admission required.

May 26, 2015
A Screaming Eagle Remembers World War II
Where: Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Vincent Speranza of Auburn, Illinois, was a member of the fabled 101st Airborne during World War II, and a veteran of the division's historic stand a Bastogne, Belgium during Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.  He will be sharing his memories of that battle and the rest of the war, and will be signing his recently published memoir.  Moderated by Dr. Mark DePue.
Book signing at 6:00pm.  Discussion at 6:30pm  Reserve tickets on line.

May 20, 2015
C-SPAN's American Presidents:  Life Portraits with reception and roundtable
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Please join us as we unveil the exhibit with a reception followed by a roundtable discussion.  ​
5:00 reception, 6:30 Roundtable discussion  Reserve tickets on line.

May 19​, 2015
Stories from the Stacks - Soldiers and Veterans' Organizations
Where Reading Room at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library  - Doors open at 5:15 pm, event begins at 5:30 pm
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online

May 19, 2015
Vietnam: First Encounters
Where: Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The Downstate Vietnam Stories event will be a panel discussion featuring four Vietnam War era individuals, with ALPL's Oral Historian, Dr. Mark DePue, serving as moderator for the evening. Click here to view the flyer. Reserve tickets on line.

May 16, 2015
Fancy Nancy Soiree and Tea
Where Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library  - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Bonjour everybody!  Come to the event of the season.  A Fancy Nancy Soiree and Tea with author Jane O'Connor.  Come in your fanciest tea party attire.  The Soiree will be from 10am-12pm, which include games, crafts, costume contest, author book signing, and much more. At noon, enjoy as elegant tea party based on the Fancy Nancy books. Mother/daughter prize package provided by BJ Grand Salon & Spa.​ Reserve Tickets Online​

May 14, 2015
The Second Decade - A Vision of the Future
Where Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum  - 6:30pm
David S. Ferriero will speak of the future of research libraries in the context of presidential libraries and museum under NARA. Doors open at 6:00pm.  The event will begin at 6:30pm.  ​Reserve Tickets Online​

May 10, 2015
Family Day
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
We are honoring mothers.  Create a special "Its all About My Mom" poster. 
From 10:00am - 2:00pm Museum admission required.

May 1-2, 2015
Anniversary of Lincoln's Funeral
Where:  Abraham Lincoln​ Presidential Museum
The Museum will offer a two-day pass for the price of one day so visitors can come and go as they take part in activities marking the anniversary of Lincoln's funeral.  Click here for more information

May 2, 2015​
Richard "Dick" Hart and Sean Conant Book Signing
Where: Abraham Lincoln Museum Store - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Richard "Dick" Hart will be signing his book "The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln:  May 3rd and 4th, 1865".  Sean Conant will be signing his book "The Gettysburg Address:  Perspectives on Lincoln's Greatest Speech".  The global and the local, the young and the old:  two authors whom you will truly enjoy meeting.

May 1, 2015
The 5th Michigan Regiment Band
Where: Abraham Lincoln Museum Plaza - 12:00pm
The 5th Michigan Regiment Band will be playing the ​Museum Plaza.  Concert will last approximately 45-50 minutes.  Museum admission required.

January - March 12, 2015
Art Mural Tours
Where Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - 1:00 pm (Thursdays only)
During non-peak times visitors may sign-up for a discussion/tour about the graphic art within Journey I and II of the Museum.  
Free; Museum admission required.​ Reserve Tickets Online​

April 25, 2015
Storytime
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Matthew Algeo author of "Abe and Fido:  Lincoln's Love of Animals and the Touching Story of his Favorite Canine Companion" and Trudy Krisher author of "An Affectionate Farewell:  The Story of Old Abe and Old Bob" will join us for storytime.  Museum admission required.
Storytime at 12:00pm & 2:00pm - Matthew Algeo (book signing at 2:30pm-4:00pm)  
Storytime at 11:00am & 1:00pm - Trudy Krisher (book signing at 2:30pm-4:00pm)

April 19, 2015
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum Anniversary
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
With a stunning combination of scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum immerses you in Lincoln's world and time.  Journey from a rustic log cabin to the Executive Mansion in the nation's capital; follow the fate of American's 16th president and share the joys and sorrows of the family - and of a nation. Free admission. Detailed schedule​

April 16, 2015
Living and Dying for the Nation:  Lincoln on Screen 1915-2012
Where Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum  - Book signing at 6:00pm​, discussion will begins at 6:30pm
Richard Wrightman Fox will discuss and sign his book Lincoln's Body:  A Cultural history.  
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online​

April 16, 2015​
Civil War Music 
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Plaza at 12:45pm
Performance of Civil war music by Illinois College choir.  Museum admission is required.

April 15, 2015
Abraham Lincoln:  A Day of Remembrance
Where: Union Square Park - 12:00pm
A commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the passing of President Abraham Lincoln.  This solemn 45-minute service will take place in Union Square Park and is open to the public.  Program highlights include:  Two ship Flyovers, Naval Air Forces Atlantic Operations **Shades of Blue Brass Quintet, USAF Bank of Mid-America**Color Guard, Illinois Army National Guard**Tom Dreesen, Humorist and Motivational speaker - Keynote:  Lincoln's humanity**3im Cornelison, Soloist, Chicago Black Hawks**Lawton "Wilk" Wilkerson, Tuskegee Airman.  Admission is free.

April 14, 15, 16, 2015
One Destiny
Where: Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
One Destiny explores the events surrounding Lincoln's assassination in April, 1865 as seen through the eyes of two men who worked at Ford's Theater.  The popular 35-minute play includes a Question and Answer session with the actors. Museum admission required. 
1:30pm on April 14th, 3:00pm on April 15th and 11:00am on April 16th.

April 14, 2015
Evening Vigil
Where: Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - 8:00pm-10:15pm
In observance of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, the Presidential Museum will hold an evening vigil.  This traditional occasion of devotional watch will mark the 150th Anniversary of the Great Emancipator's death on the morning of April 15, 1865.  The evening will include a series of readings spanning from Lincoln's childhood through the present day.  Guest may attend any or all of the vigil.  Free Admission

April 11, 2015
Undying Words in the Plaza (Last Speech)
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - 11:00am
This interactive program will invite staff, volunteers, students, and museum visitors to publicly read excerpts from Lincoln's most well-known speeches in the museum plaza.  A historian will be on hand during this program to introduce this speech, interpret its meaning, and field questions from the audience.  Museum admission required.

April 10, 2015
Family Day
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Help us celebrate our anniversary!  Today only - receive a commemorative piece of history when visiting the museum.  
Museum admission required.

April 9, 2015
Civil War Sesquicentennial Series "Appomattox Court House"
Where Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum  - Doors open at 6:00pm​, discussion will begins at 6:30pm
On April 2, 1865 Robert E. Lee's decimated army withdrew from the besieged cities of Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia, and headed west hoping to link up with Joe Johnson's Confederate army in the Carolinas.  But a dogged pursuit by Union forces led to what had previously been unthinkable, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865.  Presented by Dr. Mark DePue, guest speakers Mark Flowtow and Christian McWhirter.  Dessert reception will follow.  The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online​

April 4, 2015
Tad Lincoln's Birthday Party
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Tad Lincoln is having a birthday, and you're invited!  In honor of the youngest and most rambunctious of the Lincoln children, guest will make a spyglass to lookout for enemy troops, build a fort, and play 19th century​ games.  Stick around for a birthday treat and to hear about Tad's mischief from historians and "Mary Lincoln" herself.  Museum admission required.

April 2​, 2015
Evening With the Creators Series (Bob  Rogers)
Where Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum  - 6:30pm doors open at 6:00pm
Bob Rogers, founder and chief creative officer of BRC Imagination Arts (BRC), the design and production company that created the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum will speak with guests about how his company made the museum so immersive and innovative.  BRC's distinct process to museum design and planning succeeds through an award-winning approach:  Scholarship meets Showmanship.  The great stories of history, culture and science are presented by seamlessly combining rigorous and uncompromising scholarship and storytelling with traditional museum design, artifact display, and award-winning state of the art media, theater, technology and immersive environments.  BRC has created museum and education attractions for clients including NASA, the Henry Ford Museum, Adler Planetarium, Arizona Science Center, Texas State History Museum, and Nation Cowgirl Hall of Fame.  
 Reserve Tickets Online​

March 29, 2015​
Egg Roll in the Park 
Where: Union Square Park - Free Event - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
President and Mrs. Lincoln request the honor of your presence at the first ever Easter Egg Roll.  Registration will begin on March 2nd. Participate in the egg roll, eat an egg on a stick, face painting, and crafts.  Sponsored in part by the Department of Agriculture and the American Egg Board.  If inclement weather, the event​ will be canceled.

March 26​, 2015
Abner Mikva Talk  The Abner Mikva talk on Thursday, March 26 is postponed. A future date will be announced as soon as possible Where Multi-Purpose Room at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library  - 6:30pm doors open at 6:00
The Honorable Abner Mikva will talk about civic engagement and how we entice youth and millennial​ to become active in civic life and understanding of complex issues.  He will also talk about the Mikva Challenge - a program to increase understanding of government and student participation in community life.  He will also talk about his experience in all three branches of government.
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online

March 18, 2015
Illinois Symphony​ Orchestra's Around Town Series concert
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Plaza - 11am
The first concert of the series will feature a Woodwind Quintet.  Concert will last approximately 50 minutes.  

March 17​, 2015
Stories from the Stacks - Women​
Where Reading Room at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library  - Doors open at 5:15 pm, event begins at 5:30 pm
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online

March 10- March 31, 2015
Family Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Family Day at the Museum.  March on in with a nonperishable food item.  Green items are encouraged!  Your donation allows you to enjoy $5 off admission/$10 off membership to the museum.  Food items will be donated to the Illinois Central Food bank.  This promotion begins March 10 and runs until the end of the month.

March 10​, 2015
Eddy Lincoln's Birthday
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Plaza  - 9am - 5pm
Join us for the celebration of Eddy Lincoln's birthday!  Enjoy a birthday treat, play 19th Century game, and hear stories from historians at 11:00am and 2:00pm.  "Mary Lincoln​" herself will also be sharing stories.
Free; Museum admission required.

March 4, 2015
Undying Words in the Plaza
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - 11:00am​ 
This interactive program invites staff, volunteers, students, & museum visitors​ to publicly read excerpts from Lincoln's most well-known speeches.  A historian will be on hand to introduce the speech, interpret its meaning, and field questions from the audience at the conclusion of the public reading.

February 26, 2015
Evening With The Creators Series - How It All Began​
Where Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum  - Doors open at 6:00 pm​, discussion will begins at 6:30 pm
Attend lecture sessions from the creators that made this museum so immersive and innovative.  A five-night event series that answers your Who, What, and Why question.  Reserve Tickets Online​

February 21, 2015
Storytime
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Story time at the Museum.  At 10:30am a civil war solider will be joining us to read a story.  Join in crafts and have a treat.  Museum admission required.

February 12, 2015
Lincoln's Birthday
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Come celebrate President Lincoln's Birthday.  Throughout the day, we will have various activities, music, and numerous living history interpreters including Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln.  At noon, the winner of the #LincolnSelfie Contest will be announced and guests will experience a balloon drop, filled with prizes.

February 10, 2015
Family Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Valentine's and birthday cards for President Lincoln - A family event/activity recognition will be planned for the 10th of every month through out the 10th Anniversary Celebration.

February 5, 2015
Civil War Sesquicentennial by Mark DePue
Where Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum  - Doors open at 6:00 pm​, discussion will begins at 6:30 pm
Petersburg Campaign:  In the spring of 1864 Ulysses Grant waged a relentless campaign in northern Virginia that left his army at the doorstep of Richmond and its important rail center of Petersburg.  But both Grant's and Lee's armies were near exhaustion by June.  What came next was a brutal ten month siege at Petersburg​, with the future of the nation at stake.
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online​

January 27, 2015
Race, Courts, and Community Police Relations
Where Multi-Purpose Room at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library  - Doors open at 6:00 pm​, discussion will begins at 6:30 pm
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum will host a roundtable panel discussion, open to the public, which will focus on and review not only the role of the grand jury in screening criminal indictments, but also current laws and the larger issues surrounding police and community relations.
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online​

January 26, 2015
Common Core and You
Where Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library  - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
You've heard of the Common Core, but what does it include and how does it connect to your museum or library?  The Illinois State Board of Education, in collaboration with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and Illinois Association of Museums, invite museum and library professionals to discuss the development and implementation of the new Illinois Learning standards that integrate the Common Core Standards.
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online​

January 29, 2015
Mary Lincoln:  Southern Girl, Northern Women by Stacy Pratt McDermott
Where Union Theater​ at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum  - Doors open at 6:00 pm​, discussion will begins at 6:30 pm
One of America's most compelling First Ladies, Mary Lincoln possessed a unique vantage point on the events of her time, even as her experiences of the constraints of gender roles and the upheaval of the Civil War reflected those of many other women.  The story of her life presents a microcosm through which we can understand the complex and dramatic events of the nineteenth​ century.
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online​

January 20​, 2015
Stories from the Stacks - Overland Journeys
Where Reading Room at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library  - Doors open at 5:15 pm, event begins at 5:30 pm
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online

January 19, 2015
Community Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
On Martin Luther King Day, all not-for-profits organizations may visit the museum free of charge.  Groups must book via the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau or call Tonya at 217-558-8939.  Purchase a pair of gloves from the Museum Gift Shop to be donated to the Springfield homeless and get a discount admission/membership.  Several community services planned.

January 10, 2015
Family Day:  Pajama​ Jam Drive-in
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library - Free event - ​1:30 pm-4:00 pm
It's family day!  Come watch the "Cars" movie on the big screen at our indoor "drive-in' theater.  "Parking spaces" available, so make your own box car or bring your favorite picnic blanket.  Activities include story with Lincoln, crafts, snack and drive-in movie.

​December 21, 2014
Willie Lincoln's Birthday Party
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
You are invited to Willie Lincoln's birthday party!  Enjoy a birthday treat, play 19th Century games, and hear stories about the second - youngest Lincoln Son from historians and "Mary Lincoln" herself.  Items related to Willie's life, including letters written by him, will be on display.  A historian talk will happen at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in the museum Plaza.

December 10, 2014 through January 4, 2016
Family Day/Share a Pair
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Share a Pair---of socks!  Enjoy $5 off admission cost/$10 off membership to the museum when you donate a brand new pair of socks.  All socks collected will be distributed to the students of District 186.  

December 9, 2014 
Origins of World War I by Mark DePue
Where Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum  - Doors open at 6:00 pm​, discussion will begins at 6:30 pm
Before 1914, many in Europe believed that the world had become so civilized that large-scale war seemed very unlikely.  And yet, that summer, the assassination of just two people, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophia, plunged the entire world into a war of unprecedented scale and ferocity.  Historians have been arguing about the causes​ ever since.
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online​

December 6, 2014
Story time/Crafts
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Join the fun with stories, crafts, and music.  The Eddy Flute Choir will be performing at 11:00 am in the museum Plaza.  At 3:00 pm, Civil War Santa will join us for story time, craft and cookie.

November 19, 2014 
Stories from the Stacks - Legislators
Where Reading Room at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library  - Doors open at 5:15 pm, event begins at 5:30 pm
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online

November 13, 14, 15, and 16
The Last Full Measure​
Where Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - November 13-15 at 7:30 p.m., November 16 at 3:00 p.m.
The Last Full Measure is written by Illinois author Ken Bradbury.  This one-act play, about Lincoln's final hours, is a powerful and moving piece of theater featuring Richard "Fritz" Klein as President Abraham Lincoln.  Each evening will include a musical performance - Thursday:  The Four Sopranos; Friday:  Ben Bedford; Saturday:  The Four Sopranos; and Sunday:  1st Illinois Volunteer Regimental Band.  
Tickets:  $12 for adults, $10 for members​