November 22, 2014 - February 28, 2016: Now open: Undying Words: Lincoln 1858-1865. The exhibit explores Lincoln’s changing views through five key speeches. The exhibit is a collaboration with the Chicago History Museum and features amazing artifacts and interactive stations. A section of this exhibit focuses on the assassination of our 16th president.
April 2 - July 5, 2015: "A Fiendish Assassination" - 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 Theatre, 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. Treasures Gallery in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
April 19, 2015 - December 2015: A Decade Ago - 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. Open 9:00am - 5:00pm every day. Museum admission required.
June - August, 2015 (Tuesday only): Abe & Mary Quite Contrary Walking Tour is a 1.5 mile, 60 minute tour that take you on a journey through time as we explore beautiful, historic, and downtown Springfield. Along the way, we will reveal the people and places that helped Abraham and Mary's relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. The tours begin at 10:00am and 1:30pm. Reserve tickets on line.
May 21- July 7, 2015: C-SPAN'S American Presidents Life Portraits. Interactive video and audio, historic images, and original oil portraits illuminating the lives of our presidents. In the Abraham Presidential Library, free.
June 2, 5, 9, 12, 17, 19, 20, 26, & 27, 2015: 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 is required. Show starts at 1:30pm. Tickets are available at the Union Theatre beginning two hours prior to the show.
June 19, 2015: Returning for a special performance: The Ballroom Dancers from Brigham Young University, in the Museum Plaza at 12:15pm. Museum admission is required.
June 20, 2015: Storytime with a Civil War Soldier. Join in the fun in the museum plaza. Museum admission is required.
June 23, 2015: Before the Oath: Book Signing and Discussion with Dr. Martha Joynt Kumar. A late-breaking U.S. intelligence source revealed that a terror group with links to Al Qaeda planned to attack the National Mall during the 2009 inaugural activities. Uncovered by political scientist Martha Joynt Kumar, this was one of the first items discussed between President George W. Bush's administration to then President-Elect Barack Obama's administration during the transition of the presidency. Although the event never transpired, the transition from on presidency's administration to the next is not as mundane as it may seem on the surface. What do the First Ladies discuss? Are they collaborators too? In her new book, Before the Oath, Dr. Kumar delves deeply into the forging of an alliance that two presidential teams - one outgoing, one incoming - must forge to ensure success, not only for the new president's first term, but for the nation. Museum opens at 6:00pm. Discussion will begin at 6:30. Click here to reserve tickets online.
June 27, 2015: Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band performs a concert of Civil War-era music outdoors at the Museum entrance at 11:00am.
July 4 & 5, 2015: We honor our military this Independence Weekend with free museum admission for all active military and veterans. Please show id at the ticket counter to get this promotional discount. At noon on July 4th, the Declaration of Independence will be read in the museum's Plaza.
July 10, 2015: It's Family Day at the museum. Children receive a free activity booklet that includes a word search and scramble, mix and match, and coloring. Decode the mystery word puzzle. (all day) Museum admission is required.
July 14, 2015: Abner Mikva Talk. Winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest honor, will speak about his extraordinary career in three (3) branches of government. He will also speak about his retirement project as the founder of the Mikva Challenge for students to become engaged in civic life. Library will open at 6:00pm. Discussion will begin at 6:30pm. Reserve tickets on line.
July 16, 2015: It's A Sweet Affair. 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. Event will begin at 6:30pm and end at 9:00pm. Purchase tickets on line.
July 18, 2015: Storytime with Harriet Tubman. Join in the fun with stories and activities from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Museum admission is required.
July 25, 2015: Summer on the Square - A Night of 19th Century Music. Join us for an evening of 19th Century Music featuring the 97th Regimental String Band and the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regimental Band. At the Union Square Park starting at 7:30pm. Limited seating is available, we encourage guests to bring their own lawn chairs. Reserve tickets on line.
August 1, 2015: Spend time at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, The Columbian Exhibition. over 27,000,000 Victorians would pay 50 cents apiece to experience an unforgettable day at the fair that offered a glimpse into the future of a new century ~ this was the fair that showcased electricity, modern industry, convenience food and some very "unusual" entertainment! View objects and artifacts from the Library's collection. The Tea Ladies will be hosting this afternoon event. The event will begin at 1:00pm in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Purchase tickets on line.
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