Please click here to view the 2016 At-A-Glance list of upcoming events.


Ongoing​
Lincoln:  From History to Hollywood​
Where: Union Station at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Complex.
The Full Experience package includes the new DreamWorks exhibit:  Lincoln:  From History to Hollywood (sets and costumes from the movie 'Lincoln', directed by Steven Spielberg) and museum admission. ​


September 28, 2016 - January 29, 2017
Rare and Rarely Seen Exhibit​​
Where: Illinois Gallery in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
​Discover hidden gems among the collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  Rare and Rarely Seen pulls back the curtain on the museum's collections and shares some of the many interesting but not often displayed treasures.  Items on display include actor Edwin Booth's ​Hamlet costume, a jersey from the 2013 Blackhawks team, a commission signed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe.  

June 3 - November 30, 2016
From the Stacks - Neiman: Portraits
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Ghost Queue
This temporary exhibit features artwork and other items donated and/or loaned to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation by the LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Foundation as well as the "272 Words" writings from former President Jimmy Carter and Civil Rights activist Julian Bond--two individuals who became further immortalized by Neiman as subjects on the featured canvases.  Museum admission​ required.

November 19, 2016
Gettysburg Day​
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Join the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in celebrating the 153rd anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.  The original copy of the Gettysburg Address, in Lincoln's own handwriting, will be on display from November 18th - November 21st.  Hear the Address delivered by Fritz Klein, nationally known Lincoln interpreter.

From 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Dr. James Cornelius and Dr. Carla Knorowski will be signing the Gettysburg Replies and the new Under Lincoln's Hat books.  Additionally, Michael Burlingame and Robert Shaw will be signing their Gettysburg coffee table book.
At 1:00pm the 1st Illinois Regimental Cavalry Band will perform in the museum plaza.

Along with these events there will be an opportunity from November 11th to November 19th to dedicate luminaries in remembrance of a soldier close to you.  The luminaries will be displayed at sunset on November 19th, with 16 luminaries honoring the 16 soldiers who died on the Gettysburg battlefield.  

November 11, 2016
Veterans Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Join the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in honoring current and past military members starting November 11th (Veterans Day) through November 19th (Gettysburg Day).  Active and retired military members will get free admission (with ID) on ​November 11th. The museum will be hosting a wreath laying ceremony in remembrance of all the fallen soldiers on November 11th as well as a eternal flame that will be lit outside the museum from the 11th - 19th.  "Portrait of a Soldier" will be shown in the museum from 10th through the 14th honoring all of the soldiers from Illinois, taken in the line of duty since 9/11.  Along with these events there will be an opportunity to dedicate luminaries in remembrance of a soldier close to you from November 11th - November 19th.  The luminaries will be displayed on November 19th at sunset. 

October 15, 2016
SPOOKTACULAR Evening with Abe
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Plaza
The SPOOKTACULAR Evening is suitable for all ages and includes historical characters "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 adult costume​ with hood/mask is allowed.)  Are you a member of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation?  Members are FREE!  Purchase a membership today by calling 217-557-5589.  Event begins at 6:30pm and ends at 8:30pm.  Only one family ticket is required.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  Purchase tickets on line.

October 10, 2016
Rare and Rarely Seen Family Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Plaza
How did a dusty pair of hiking boots change Illinois history?  Who is the women in the little black dress?  What role did the man wearing the Shakespearean costume play in Abraham Lincoln's life?  Visit the Rare and Rarely Seen exhibit and discover what stories are told by the clothing on display.   Recommended for ages 6 -13.  11:00am - 1:00pm.  Free with Museum admission.
October 6 & 7, 2016
18 Annual Conference on Illinois History (NEW LOCATION)
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
The 2016 Conference on Illinois History offers story after story, each one a part of the state's unique heritage.  Conference contributors include Mark DePue, head of the oral history at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, southern Illinois historian Mark Wagner and new state historian Samuel Wheeler.  Reserve tickets on line.

October 1, 2016
Civil War Tech:  Bridge Building
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Bridges were very important during the Civil War for moving troops and supplies throughout the United States and the Confederacy. Engineers on both sides raced to repair and replace bridges destroyed throughout the war.  Try building bridges and see if they will stand up to an attack!  10:00 am - 11:00 am. Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential​ Library and Museum thanks to generous support from AT&T.  E-tickets must be presented for entry (printed or on digital device.)  Reserve tickets on line,​ 
October 1, 2016
Rare and Rarely Seen - Children's Opening Weekend Activities
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Plaza
Celebrate the opening of the ALPLM's newest exhibit, Rare and Rarely Seen, at the Children's Opening Day.  Learn about the people connected to the objects in the exhibit then participate in activities highlighting their accomplishments.  Activities will include building a trophy like the Stanley Cup won by the 2013 Blackhawks and making a mask to honor someone you know.  Recommended for ages 6 - 13. 11:00am - 1:00pm.  Free with Museum admission.
September 22, 2016​
Lincoln and the Fighter Pilot?
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
General John Borling spent 6 1/2 years as a POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton.  Join us as he discusses a life of service to his country, recites poems composed while a POW, and shares his unique perspective on life, service and leadership, while exploring Lincoln and the Fighter Pilot?  ​Book signing at 6:00pm. Presentation at 6:30pm.  Reserve tickets on line.

September 17, 2016​
Pets in the White House
Where: Union Square Park
Join the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and the Animal Protective League as we celebrate Presidential Pets.  This is a free family event which will feature:  Presidential pet discussions, pet parade and contests, pet demonstrations, face painting, pet adoptions, and sidewalk vendors.  11:00am - 2:00pm  This is a free event.  Please click here for more information.

September 10, 2016
Civil War Tech:  Coded Messages 
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Discover the many ways the Union and Confederate Troops sent messages and how they disguised them from their enemies and the press. 10:00 am - 11:00 am. Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential​ Library and Museum thanks to generous support from AT&T.  E-tickets must be presented for entry (printed or on digital device.)  Reserve tickets on line.
August 27, 2016
Civil War Tech:  Back to School 
Where: Union Square Park
Celebrate the end of summer with Civil War Tech:  Back to School.  Play games and do hands-on activities featuring all twelve themes explored during the program series including telegraphs, railroads, Gatling​ Guns, and germs.  10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Free. Reserve tickets on line.
August 20, 2016​
Gordon Leidner Book Signing
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Gift Store
Gordon Leidner will be in the Museum Gift Store signing books on Saturday, August 20 from 11:00am to 2:00pm.  He will be signing his new book "Conversations with Lincoln."  This is a free event.   

August 10, 2016
Family Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum tells Abraham Lincoln's life through objects and pictures.  How would you tell your story? Design and make artwork telling the story of you.   Museum admission is required.

August 6, 2016
Civil War Tech:  Bite the Bullet (Student Workshop)
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library​
Did soldiers really “bite the bullet” during surgery? Take part in a medical demonstration that will show you the science and beliefs at work during Civil War surgeries. Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum thanks to generous support from AT&T.  E-Ticket must be presented for entry (printed or on digital device.) Reserve tickets on line.

August 5, 2016​
Vocal Point
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Vocal Point is Brigham Young's premiere nine-man a cappella ensemble.  For 20 years, Vocal Point has wowed audiences with their vocal firepower, innovative arrangements and remarkable vocal percussion.  Don't miss this amazing performance.  Performance will begin at 12:15pm.  ​Museum admission is required.  

August 1, 2016​
Birthday Party for Robert Todd Lincoln
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Outside main entrance
Come celebrate Robert Lincoln's birthday and try your hand at his favorite sport - golf!  Practice your swing on a mini-golf hole and then learn about his family members who celebrated his birthday with him. 10:00am - 2:00pm  Free Event.  

July 27​, 2016
Backpack Grab 'N Go
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
In partnership with local TV Channel 20 throughout the month, ALPLM will give you a voucher for free admission to the Museum for every new Backpack you donate to a needy student. On July 27, you won't even have to leave your car!  Just drive up, we will greet you and give you a voucher for free admission to the Museum for every backpack you donate.  5:00am - 6:30pm
July 26, 2016
Movie:  All Quiet on the Western Front
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
All Quite on the Western Front, the Academy Award winning movie released by Universal Studios in 1930, is an adaptation of the classic anti-war novel by the same name, written by German author Erich Maria Remarque.  Banned by the Nazis, the film is the definitive look at the horrors of trench warfare during World War I, an even after 85 years, is a powerfully moving portrayal of that war.  Museum will open at 6:00pm.  Movie will begin at 6:30pm.  E-Ticket must be presented for entry.  (printed or on digital device.)​  Reserve tickets on line.
July 23, 2016​
Singer/songwriter Ben Bedford
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Singer/ Songwriter Ben Bedford will perform in the museum Plaza from 1:00pm - 2:00pm.  Museum admission required.​
July 23, 2016
10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Band 
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Band will perform in the museum Plaza from 11:00am - 12:00pm.  Museum admission required.​
July 16, 2016
My Old House Tea
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Enjoy a three-course tea featuring a celebration of the houses we call home, featuring a look back at what the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s collection can tell us about domestic architecture. Tickets are $35, seating is limited. Reserve tickets online.

July 14, 2016
Trench Warfare - Anatomy of a World War I Battle
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Union Theater
The Western Front during World War I was defined by two unbroken lines of trenches and a deadly no-man's land in between, dominated by machine guns and artillery.  Dr. Mark DePue will examine the inability of the generals on both side to break out of the trenches.  Event is free but reservations are required.  Presentation will begin at 6:00pm.  Reserve tickets on line.


July 10, 2016
Civil War Tech:  Home or Hospital (Student Workshop)
Where: Abraham Lincoln​ Presidential Library
When someone gets hurt today, they go to the hospital.  Before the Civil War, sick and injured people were taken care of at home.  Learn about the different ways remedies were used and how the use of hospitals grew during the Civil War.  How were injuries and illnesses evaluated for the best treatment? Space is limited, so RSVP today.  Parents and siblings are welcome to participate when extra supplies are available.  Civil War Tech is a monthly program series presented by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum thanks to generous support from AT&T.  E-Ticket must be presented for entry​ (printed or on digital device.)  Reserve tickets on line.​