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.
April 2, 2015: "Evening With the Creators Series (Bob Rogers) 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 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. 6:30pm - ticket purchase required. Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Reserve your tickets on line.
April 4, 2015: 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. Plaza at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
April 9, 2015: "Civil War Sesquicentennial Series" Appomattox Court House: 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 Flotow and Christian McWhirter. Lecture will begin at 6:30pm, reception to follow. Free admission, reservations required. Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Reserve your tickets on line.
April 10, 2015: "Family Day" Help us celebrate our anniversary! Today only - receive a commemorative piece of history when visiting the museum. Museum admission required. Gateway at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
April 11, 2015: "Undying Words in the Plaza (Last Speech)" 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 the program to introduce this speech, interpret its meaning, and field questions from the audience. 11:00am
April 14, 15 and 16, 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 Theatre. 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 & 11:00am on April 16th.
April 14, 2015: 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. 8:00pm - 10:15pm. Free admission. Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
April 15, 2015: A Day of Remembrance 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 Flyover, 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**Jim Cornelison, Soloist, Chicago Black Hawks*Lawton "Wilk" Wilerson, Tuskegee Airman. More detail yet to come. 12:00pm Free admission in Union Square Park
April 16, 2015: Living and Dying for the Nation: Lincoln on Screen 1915-2012. Richard Wightman Fox will discuss and sign his book Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History. Book signing at 6:00pm event will begin at 6:30pm. Free admission, reservations required. Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Reserve your tickets on line.
April 16, 2015: Performance of Civil War music by Illinois College Choir in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Plaza at 12:45pm
April 19, 2015: 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 25, 2015: "Storytime" 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 2:30 - 4:00pm) Storytime at 11:00am & 1:00pm - Trudy Krisher (book signing at 2:30pm - 4:00pm) Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
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 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.
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