Please click here to view the 2016 At-A-Glance list of upcoming events.
Notice: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum date closures
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will be closed the following days: Thanksgiving Day - November 24, 2016, Christmas Day - December 25, 2015, and New Years Day - January 1, 2017.
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, 2017Rare and Rarely Seen ExhibitWhere: 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 25, 2016 Fun Frosty FridayWhere: Abraham Lincoln Presidential LibraryJoin the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum for the newest Springfield family holiday tradition, Fun Frosty Friday! At this second annual event, take an adventure through our life-size Candy Land. Andrew's Family Magic is back by popular demand and will hold two performances, 10:15 and noon. The Unique Twist will be on hand to create balloon art and face painting by June Bugs Facepainting will complete your festive look. We will have a delectable Hot Cocoa Bar, Candy Land Bingo, and activities with planes, trains and automobiles. After Santa's magical appearance, send him a secret, coded message and have your picture taken with him. The festivities are sure to be engaging for all members of your family and will culminate with a balloon drop, with prizes, at 12:55. All participants at Fun Frosty Friday will receive a discounted admission coupon to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, redeemable only on Friday, November 25, 2016. This is a free event. 10:00am - 1:00pm
November 19, 2016
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 luminaria 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 DayWhere: Abraham Lincoln Presidential MuseumJoin 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, plus Gold Star Families, 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 an 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 luminaria will be displayed on November 19th at sunset.
November 10, 2016
Honoring Our Stories: A Night with Holocaust Survivor Magda Brown
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Magda Brown is from Miskoic, Hungary. In 1944, when she was 17 years old, she was deported on one of the final transports to Auschwitz-Birkenau with her entire family. Her parents died in the gas chambers. Her brother was the only one to survive; he served in the Hungarian military's Jewish labor force and was captured and imprisoned by the Russian Army. In August of 1944, she was deported to Munchmuhle, Stadt Allendorf, Germany, where she worked in an ammunition factory that produced bombs and rockets. She was one of only 1,000 prisoners from Birkenau chosen for this job. In March 1945, she was sent on a death march from the factory for three days. She was eventually liberated in a nearby forest by the Sixth Armored Division of the US Army. In 1946, she cam to America and settled in Chicago. Ms. Brown's appearance is courtesy of the Illinois Holocaust Museum. Museum will open at 6:00pm. Event begins at 6:30pm and ends at 8:00pm. E-Tickets must be presented for entry. (printed or on digital device). Reserve tickets online.
November 5, 2016
Civil War Tech: Strategy at Gettysburg
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
When battle broke out at Gettysburg in 1863, the war was at a turning point. Discover the role technology played and see what decisions you might have made if you were in charge. Students ages 8-12 are welcome to participate. Limited number of space available.
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 online.