Lincoln’s birthday month brings
last chance for free field trips to presidential museum this school year
SPRINGFIELD – The month of February
brings Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, along with the final chance for school
groups to make free visits
to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
during the 2013-2014 school year.
School groups can visit the world-renowned museum
free of charge in January and February, before a charge of $4 per student takes
effect during the busy months of March through May. A February visit also means
groups avoid the large crowds that fill the museum in the traditional
All Presidential Museum field trips are booked
through the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/Group-Travel/Youth-Tours. Additional information is available by calling the
Convention and Visitors Bureau at (217) 789-2360. If the weather becomes
an issue on the day of a scheduled field trip, organizers can simply call the
Presidential Museum at (217) 558-8939 to cancel.
museum’s “Lincoln: History to Hollywood”
exhibit featuring sets, props and costumes from the
Steven Spielberg film “Lincoln,”
is currently on display across the street at historic Union Station.
addition, an exhibit from world-famous photographer Annie Leibovitz opens on
Feb. 8. “Pilgrimage” sees
Leibovitz focusing her lens on landscapes that
captured her imagination: Niagara Falls, Yellowstone National Park,
a New Mexico
mesa. Visitors can also scrutinize her close-ups of objects like Emily
Dickinson’s only surviving dress, Elvis Presley’s motorcycle and a bullet hole
put in a target by Annie Oakley.
Abraham Lincoln plays a major role in “Pilgrimage.”
Leibovitz photographed the stovepipe hat and gloves Lincoln had with him on the night of his
assassination, as well as a handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address,
photographic negatives of Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial. Her photos of the
bloodstained gloves were taken at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum uses a
combination of rigorous scholarship and high-tech showmanship to immerse
visitors in the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Students can see ghosts come
to life on stage, watch TV coverage of the 1860 Presidential election, roam
through the Lincoln White House, experience booming cannons in a Civil War
battle and come face to face with priceless original Lincoln artifacts.
visiting the Presidential Museum, students can get up close and personal with
Illinois Civil War history through an exhibit scavenger hunt in the adjacent
Presidential Library, which is presenting the Civil War exhibit “Boys in Blue.”
All teachers visiting with school groups receive a free teacher packet to help
bring the museum experience back to their classrooms.
more information about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum,