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 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.
July 2, 3, 7, 14, 16, 23, 25 & 31, 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.
July 10 - August 10, 2015: Let's put "Packs on Their Backs." One new backpack = one free admission. All proceeds will benefit low-income children from the Springfield Public Schools, District #186. Then join us on August 10th for our FREE Family Day - Back to School party in the Library. Join in the games and activities.
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.
August 1, 2015: Robert Lincoln's Birthday Party. 11am - 3pm. Inspired by the life and hobbies of Robert Lincoln, party guests will use telescopes, learn the basics of how to play golf, and try their hand at gardening...all in honor of the oldest and most controversial Lincoln child! Join us fro a brief historian talk about Robert at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Museum admission required.
August 2, 2015: Exhibit Preview and Reception for "With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews" with guest speaker Gary Zola. Preview and reception 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Museum Plaza. Gary Zola will speak at 7:30pm in Union Theater. Reservation are required by calling 217-557-5589. RSVP deadline by July 24, 2015.
August 3 - November 15, 2015: New Exhibit - With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews. Original documents, artifacts, photographs, Lincoln's own writings, and first person accounts will reveal Lincoln's life through the lens of his Jewish contemporaries. Museum admission required.
August 10, 2015: Family Day. FREE Back 2 School Party from 11am - 2pm in the Library. Learn various dance, cheer and self-defense. Children's Book Exchange. Create your own thaumatrope. Play games.
August 20, 2015: Evening With the Creators Series - BRC Artists and Designers. Artist and designers from BRC Imagination Arts that worked on creating this immersive museum rejoin us for an evening of stories. Tisa Poe (Senior Project Manager), Heather (Reikels) Oxley (Project Manager, Media Line Producer), Tom Tait (Show Systems Manager) and Patrick Weeks (Fabrication Manager) were the brain trust behind the installation of the museum exhibits and theaters. Please join us for an insightful evening of stories and discussion from the original "Fab Four" from BRC. This promises to be one our premier panels and a "don't miss" events. A "Meet the Creators" reception, hosted by Bill and Julie Cellini, will follow. Purchase tickets on line.
August 23, 2015: Daniel Stowell Presents "With Firmness in the Right" Daniel Stowell, Director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, will discuss the collection of Lincoln materials assembled by Benjamin Shapell and how "With Firmness in the Right" came to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The event will be presented in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Springfield. Museum will open at 5:15pm, discussion will begin at 5:30pm. Tickets are free. Reserve tickets on line.
September 10, 2015: Family Day. come celebrate your grandparent(s) today at the Museum. All grandparents will receive special recognition when visiting the museum today. Museum admission required.
September 12, 2015: Pets in the White House. Union Square Park. 11am - 2pm. Want to know more about the pets that lived in the White House? Bring your pets(s) to our park for a fun day of exercise, demonstrations, crafts, treats, and historical discussions. Partnership with the Animal Protective League.
September 13, 2015: Civil War Tech: The Telegraph. Before text speak, there was Morse code, and before telephones, there was the telegraph. We'll discover the science behind sending messages long distance, and then complete challenges where teams will communicate using a telegraph machine. Students ages 8-12 are welcome to participate. Students must be checked in with the Civil War Tech instructor before their parent or guardian leaves. Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and museum thanks to generous support from At&T. Event is from 10:001m-11:00am in the Library classroom. There are a limited number of spaces available. Free To reserve seats
September 18, 2015: Evening with the Creators Series - David Kneupper. Come to a fascinating evening to hear award-winning composer and sound designer, David Kneupper, discuss this work on composing and conducting over three hours of music for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. David Kneupper, is an award-winning composer and sound designer currently living in Los Angeles, specializing in music and sound for theme parks, museum, film and the concert stage. A seven-time recipient of the Themed Entertainment Association's prestigious THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement, his music can be heard daily in dozens of museum exhibits and themed attractions across the United States, Europe, and Asia. David holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Texas Tech University, and composes actively for the concert stage. The recipient of numerous awards, grants and commissions, his Passacaglia and Fugue Rondo received its Carnegie Hall debut in 1993. A "Meet the Creators" reception, hosted by Bill and Julie Cellini, will follow. To purchase tickets on line.
October 1, 2015: U.S. Colored Troops and the Civil War. More than 178,000 African-Americans fought for the Union cause during the Civil War, the vast majority of them serving in regiments designated as United State Colored Troops. Presented by Robert Davis, Civil War Scholar and Re-enactor. Other re-enactor will participate in the presentation to a certain extend, as well as, the presentation will include audio clips. Presentation will begin at 6:30pm in Union Theater. To reserve tickets on line
October 3, 2015: Great American Songbook. A very special performance event in our Union Theater: An evening of the Great American Songbook (with performers singing music of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Rodgers & Hart, etc.) and history presented by Laurence Masion (author & professor at New York University) and music performed by Ollie Watts Davis (music professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and others. Museum will open at 7:30pm, music will begin at 8:00pm. Tickets are free. Reserve tickets on line.
October 3, 2015: Cannon Fire. Guns bursting. Screaming. Yelling. Battle was a loud place, and the best way to tell your troops where to go or what to do was by using bugles and drums. Today we'll experiment with the science of sound by playing musical instruments and learn about the young soldiers who took their musical talents to war. Students ages 8-12 are welcome to participate. Students must be checked in with the Civil War Tech instructor before their parent or guardian leaves. Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and museum thanks to generous support from At&T. Event is from 10:001m-11:00am in the Library classroom. There are a limited number of spaces available. Free To reserve tickets.
October 6, 2015: U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. Join us for an evening of poetry and performance. Named the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera will sign books, read his works, and perform. Mr. Herrera is the 21st Poet Laureate of the United States. Book signing at 6:00pm and event at 6:60pm in Union Theater. To reserve tickets on line.
October 8, 2015: Movies of the Civil War by Dr. Mark DePue. The Civil War has inspired more movies than any other event in America's history, except for WWII. But like so much about the Civil War, the frictions between North and South linger on in our most popular cultural art form. Join Dr. Mark DePue as we examine how Hollywood's portrayal of the Civil War has evolved over the last 100 years. Event will begin at 6:30 in Union Theater. To reserve tickets on line.
October 10, 2015: Family Day. Join us as we merge science and history, two areas of study not often united but undeniably connected. Families are invited to see first-hand the science and innovation of Civil War technology. At the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Free
October 15, 2015: Dr. Jonathan Sarna, co-author of "Lincoln and the Jews: A History," will sign and discuss his book. Dr. Sarna is chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program an Brandels University, president of the Association for Jewish Studies, and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Museum will open at 6:00pm, Book signing at 6:00pm and talk at 6:30p. Ticket are free. Reserve tickets on line.
October 17, 2015: SPOOKTACULAR. 6:00pm - 8:00pm. The Spooktacular Evening is suitable for all ages and includes historical charters "haunting" the exhibit journeys, special eerie lighting and music, a kids' costume contest, spooky storytelling, crafts and games! (Children must be accompanied by adults, no adults costume with hood/mask is allowed) Are you a member of the Abraham Lincoln Presidnetial Library foundation? Members are FREE! Purchase a membership today by calling 217-557-5589. Only one family ticket is required. No tickets will be sold at the door. To purchase tickets on line.
November 7, 2015: Hasia Diner talk. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum presents a discussion of American Jewish history with Hasia Diner, Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at New York University. Diner will be signing, Road Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations To The New World And The Peddlers Who Led The Way. Book signing at 6:00pm, Talk at 6:30pm. To reserve tickets on line.
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