November 4, 5, and 6, 2014:  Students in teams of five will compete against one another as they test their knowledge of the Gettysburg Address.  An 18’ x 30’ unassembled puzzle that contains the 272 words of the Gettysburg Address will be placed in the museum plaza for the teams to assemble.  The fastest team will be awarded a prize.  Schools must register by October 28, 2014.  We encourage audiences to attend and cheer these students on.

November 13 – 16, 2014:  The Last Full Measure - A powerful and moving one-act play as President Lincoln looks back on his life; by writer Ken Bradbury and featuring Richard “Fritz” Klein. To reserve tickets please click here.

November 22:  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.

December 6, 2014:  Come and enjoy story time, snack and a craft with Civil War Santa.  Time yet to be determined.

December 9, 2014:  Origins of World War I, by Mark DePue. 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.

December 10, 2014:  Beginning today and continuing through all of 2015, it will be family day the 10th of every month.  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. This collection drive will begin today and run through the end of the month.

December 21, 2014:  You are invited to Willie Lincoln’s birthday party!  Enjoy a birthday treat, play a 19th Century game, 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.

January 10, 2015:  It’s family day at the library.  Join in the fun with stories and crafts.  You just never know who might make a special appearance.  This event is located in the library and no admission is required.

January 19, 2015:  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.  Purchase a pair of gloves from the museum gift shop to be donated to the Springfield homeless and get a discounted admission/membership.  Several community services planned.

Keep watching this page for more information on upcoming Commemoration and Tenth Anniversary Events!