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 - Mid-July: "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 - Mid-July: 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.
May 1, 2015: The 5th Michigan Regiment Band will be playing in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Plaza. The concert will begin at noon and last approximately 45-50 minutes.
May 1-3 2015: 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. Reserve your tickets on line
May 2, 2015: The Museum will be having a book signing in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Store. 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". Signing will be from 3:00pm - 5:00pm.
May 10, 2015: We are honoring mothers. Create a special "It's All About My Mom" poster from 10:00 am - 2:OOpm. Museum admission required.
May 14, 2015: The Second Decade - A Vision of the Future. David S. Ferriero will speak on the future of research libraries in the context of presidential libraries and museum under NARA. Doors open at 6:00pm. Event will begin at 6:30pm Reserve ticket on line
May 16, 2015: Fancy Nancy Soiree and Tea - 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 an elegant tea party based on the Fancy Nancy books. Mother/daughter prize package provided by BJ Grand Salon & Spa. Reserve your tickets on line.
May 19, 2015: Vietnam: First Encounters' is 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 your tickets on line.
May 19, 2015: Stories from the Stack- Soldiers and Veterans' Organizations. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum presents a series of "Stories from the Stacks." This series will explore aspects of the Library collections by topic to allow guests to have a better idea of the breadth and depth of the Library's collections. Reserve your tickets on line.
May 20, 2015: C-SPAN's American Presidents: Life Portraits. Join us as we unveil the exhibit with a reception followed by a roundtable discussion. C-SPAN President and Co-COO Rob Kennedy will first speak about the exhibit. Participants in the roundtable discussion will include Holly Kent on the influence and power of the first ladies, Charles Branham on President Obama's politics and campaigns, and Mathew Holden on presidential power. 5:00pm reception, 6:30 Round table discussion. Reserve your tickets on line.
May 26, 2015: A Screaming Eagle Remembers World War II. 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 at Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. He will share his memories of that battle and the rest of the war. Moderated by Dr. Mark DePue. Doors open at 6:00pm Book signing at 6:00pm and discussion at 6:30pm. Reserve tickets on line.
May 27 and 29, 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 5, 2015: Returning for a special performance: The Young Ambassadors performing troupe from Brigham Young University, in the Museum Plaza at 12:15pm. Museum admission required.
June 10, 2015: A special concert by Rock Valley Children's Choir in the Museum Plaza at 12:00 noon. Museum admission required.
June 10, 2015: We are honoring Fathers. Created a special "It's All About My Day" poster from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Museum admission required.
June 11, 2015: Strawberry Social with Mary Lincoln. 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 guest include Pam Brown, Charla Byers, Carol Manning, and Sheila Walk. (attire - business casual) Museum will open at 6:30pm. Event will begin at 6:30pm and end at 9:00pm. Music will be provided by Beth Flute Choir. Purchase tickets on line.
June 13, 2015: Music duo Suzanne and Jim will be back in Springfield to perform "Songs Lincoln Loved" in the Museum Plaza. Museum admission is required.
Jun 16, 2015: Undying Words in the Plaza (House Divided). This interactive program will invite staff, volunteers, students, and museum visitors to publicity read excerpts from Lincoln's most well-known speeches in the museum plaza. Museum admission required.
June 18, 2015: Did you know that there are 46 life statues in 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 life statues were created. The Life Formation 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. Museum opens at 6:00pm. Museum journeys and galleries will be open. Event will begin at 6:30pm. A "Meet the Creators" reception, hosted by Bill and Julie Cellini, will follow the presentation. Ticket now on sale. Purchase tickets on line.
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 27, 2015: Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band performs a concert of Civil War-era music outdoors at the Museum entrance at 11:00am.
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.
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