​​Ongoing​

Where: Union Station at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Complex.
This new exhibit will include key sets, costumes, and props from the movie Lincoln.

November 22, 2014 - February 28​, 2016
Undying Words:  Lincoln 1858-1865​
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
The opening of our next new exhibit:  Undying Words:  Lincoln 1858-1865 will be on November 22, 2014.  The exhibit will explore Lincoln's changing views through five key speeches.  The exhibit is a collaboration with the Chicago History Museum and will feature amazing artifacts and interactive stations.  A section of this exhibit will focus on the assassination of our 16th president.

April 2 - July 5, 2015
A Fiendish Assassination
Where: Treasures Gallery in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
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 Theater, 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.

April 19 - December 2015
A Decade Ago
Where: Ghost of the Library Queue in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
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.  Museum admission required.

August 1, 2015
World's Fair Tea
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Spend some time at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, The Columbian Exhibition.  Over 27,000,000 Victorians would pay 50 cents apiece to experience an unforgettable day at the fair that offered a glimpse into the future of a new century​ ~ this was the fair that showcased electricity, modern industry, convenience food and some very "unusual" entertainment!  View objects and artifacts from the Library's collection.  The Tea ladies will be hosting this afternoon event.  Purchase tickets on line.

July 25, 2015
Summer on the Square - A Night of 19th Century Music
Where: Union Square Park
Join us for an evening of 19th Century Music featuring the 97th Regimental String Band and 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regimental Band.  Event starts at 7:30.  Limited seating is available​, we encourage guest to bring their own lawn chairs. Reserve tickets on line.

July 18, 2015
Storytime
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Storytime with Harriet Tubman.  Join in the fun with stories and activities from 10:00am - 2:00pm.  Museum admission required.

July 16, 2015
A Sweet Affair
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
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.  The event will begin at 6:30pm and end at 9:00pm.  Purchase tickets on line.

July 14, 2015
Abner Mikva Talk
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest honor, will speak about his extraordinary career in all three (3) branches of government. He​ will also speak about his retirement project as the founder of the Mikva Challenge for students to become engaged in civic life.  Library will open at 6:00pm. Discussion will begin at 6:30pm.  Reserve tickets on line.

July 4 & 5, 2015
Independence Weekend
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
We honor our military this Independence Weekend with free museum admission for all active military and veterans.  Please show id at the ticket counter to get this promotional discount.  At noon on July 4th, the Declaration of Independence will be read in the museum's Plaza.

July 2, 3, 7, 14, 16, 23, 25 and 31, 2015
One Destiny
Where: Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
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.  Shows starts at 1:30pm.  Tickets are available at the Union Theatre beginning two hours prior to the show.  Museum admission required.

July 10, 2015
Family Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
It's family Day at the museum.  Children will receive a free activity booklet​ that includes a word search and scramble, mix and match, and coloring.  Decode the mystery word puzzle.  (all day)  Museum admission required.

June 27, 2015
33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band
Where: Entrance of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band performs a concert of Civil War-era music at 11:00am. 

June 23, 2015
Before the Oath:  Book Signing and Discussion with Dr. Martha Joynt Kumar
Where Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum  
A late-breaking U.S. intelligence a source revealed that a terror group with links to Al Qaeda planned to attack the National Mall during 2009 inaugural activities.  Uncovered by political scientist Martha Joynt Kumar, this was one of the first items discussed between President George W. Bush's administration to then President-Elect Barack Obama's administration during the transition of the presidency.  Although the event never transpired, the transition from one presidency's administration to the next is not as mundane as it may seem on the surface.  What do the First Ladies discuss?  Are they collaborators too?  In her new book, Before the Oath, Dr. Kumar delves deeply into the forging of a alliance that two presidential teams - one outgoing, one incoming - must forge to ensure success, not only for the new president's first term, but for the nation.  Museum opens at 6:00pm.  Discussion will begin at 6:30pm.  Reserve tickets on line.

June 20, 2015
Storytime
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Storytime with a Civil War Solider.  Join in the fun in the museum plaza.  Museum admission required.

June 19, 2015
The Ballroom Dancers
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Returning for a special performance:  The Ballroom Dancers from Brigham Young University at 12:15pm.  Museum admission required.

June 18, 2015
Evening with the Creators
Where: Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Did you know that there are 46 life statues in the 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 our life statues were created.  The Life Formations 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.  A "Meet the Creators" reception, hosted by Bill and Julie Cellini, will follow the presentation.  Purchase tickets on line.

June 16, 2015
Undying Words (House Divided)
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
This interactive program will invite staff, volunteers, students, and museum visitors to publicly read excerpts from Lincoln's most well-know speeches in the museum plaza.   Museum admission required.

June 13, 2015
Songs Lincoln Loved
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Music duo Suzanne and Jim will be back in Springfield to perform "Songs Lincoln Loved" at 10:00am.   Museum admission required.

June 11, 2015​
Strawberry Social​ with Mary Lincoln
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
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 guests include Pam Brown, Charla Byers, Carol Manning, and Sheila Walk.  (attire - business casual)  Door open at 6:30pm.  Event will begin at 6:30pm and end at 9:00pm.  Music will be provide by Beth Flute Choir.  ​  Purchase tickets on line.​

June 10, 2015
Family Day
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
We are honoring Fathers.  Create a special "It's All About My Dad​" poster from 10:00am -2:00pm.  Museum admission required.

June 10, 2015
Rock Valley Children's Choir
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum​
A special concert by Rock Valley Children's Choir at 12:00 noon.   Museum admission required.

June 6-18, 2015
History Expo (Exhibit​)
Where: Lincoln Reception Room in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
From Paleoindians hunting mastodons to modern Muckrakers digging up news, this place called Illinois​ has a history that covers thousands of years and thousands of miles.  Visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to learn more about Illinois people and places by exploring top tier History Fair exhibits by talented students throughout the state,

June 5, 2015
The Young Ambassadors
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Returning for a special performance:  The Young Ambassadors performing troupe from Brigham Young University at 12:15pm.  Museum admission required.

June - August, 2015 (Tuesday's Only)
Abe & Mary Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Meet at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum inside the museum entrance
Abe & Mary Quite Contrary Walking Tour is a 1.5 mile, 60-minute tour that take you on a journey through time as we explore beautiful, historic, downtown Springfield.  Along the way, we will reveal the people and places that helped Abraham and Mary's relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart.  Walk begins at 10:00am and 1:30pm  Reserve tickets on line.

June 2, 5, 9, 12, 17, 19, 20 27 and 27, 2015
One Destiny
Where: Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
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.  Shows starts at 1:30pm.  Tickets are available at the Union Theatre beginning two hours prior to the show.  Museum admission required.

May 26, 2015
A Screaming Eagle Remembers World War II
Where: Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
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 a Bastogne, Belgium during Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.  He will be sharing his memories of that battle and the rest of the war, and will be signing his recently published memoir.  Moderated by Dr. Mark DePue.
Book signing at 6:00pm.  Discussion at 6:30pm  Reserve tickets on line.

May 21 - July 7, 2015
C-SPAN'S American Presidents Life Portraits
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Interactive video and audio, historic images, and original oil portraits illuminating the lives of our presidents. Free​

May 20, 2015
C-SPAN's American Presidents:  Life Portraits with reception and roundtable
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Please join us as we unveil the exhibit with a reception followed by a roundtable discussion.  ​
5:00 reception, 6:30 Roundtable discussion  Reserve tickets on line.

May 19​, 2015
Stories from the Stacks - Soldiers and Veterans' Organizations
Where Reading Room at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library  - Doors open at 5:15 pm, event begins at 5:30 pm
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online

May 19, 2015
Vietnam: First Encounters
Where: Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The Downstate Vietnam Stories event will be 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 tickets on line.

May 16, 2015
Fancy Nancy Soiree and Tea
Where Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library  - 10:00am - 2:00pm
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 as elegant tea party based on the Fancy Nancy books. Mother/daughter prize package provided by BJ Grand Salon & Spa.​ Reserve Tickets Online​

May 14, 2015
The Second Decade - A Vision of the Future
Where Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum  - 6:30pm
David S. Ferriero will speak of the future of research libraries in the context of presidential libraries and museum under NARA. Doors open at 6:00pm.  The event will begin at 6:30pm.  ​Reserve Tickets Online​

May 10, 2015
Family Day
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
We are honoring mothers.  Create a special "Its all About My Mom" poster. 
From 10:00am - 2:00pm Museum admission required.

May 1-2, 2015
Anniversary of Lincoln's Funeral
Where:  Abraham Lincoln​ Presidential Museum
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.  Click here for more information

May 2, 2015​
Richard "Dick" Hart and Sean Conant Book Signing
Where: Abraham Lincoln Museum Store - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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".  The global and the local, the young and the old:  two authors whom you will truly enjoy meeting.

May 1, 2015
The 5th Michigan Regiment Band
Where: Abraham Lincoln Museum Plaza - 12:00pm
The 5th Michigan Regiment Band will be playing the ​Museum Plaza.  Concert will last approximately 45-50 minutes.  Museum admission required.

January - March 12, 2015
Art Mural Tours
Where Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - 1:00 pm (Thursdays only)
During non-peak times visitors may sign-up for a discussion/tour about the graphic art within Journey I and II of the Museum.  
Free; Museum admission required.​ Reserve Tickets Online​

April 25, 2015
Storytime
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
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 2:30pm-4:00pm)  
Storytime at 11:00am & 1:00pm - Trudy Krisher (book signing at 2:30pm-4:00pm)

April 19, 2015
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum Anniversary
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
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 16, 2015
Living and Dying for the Nation:  Lincoln on Screen 1915-2012
Where Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum  - Book signing at 6:00pm​, discussion will begins at 6:30pm
Richard Wrightman Fox will discuss and sign his book Lincoln's Body:  A Cultural history.  
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online​

April 16, 2015​
Civil War Music 
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Plaza at 12:45pm
Performance of Civil war music by Illinois College choir.  Museum admission is required.

April 15, 2015
Abraham Lincoln:  A Day of Remembrance
Where: Union Square Park - 12:00pm
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 Flyovers, 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**3im Cornelison, Soloist, Chicago Black Hawks**Lawton "Wilk" Wilkerson, Tuskegee Airman.  Admission is free.

April 14, 15, 16, 2015
One Destiny
Where: Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
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 required. 
1:30pm on April 14th, 3:00pm on April 15th and 11:00am on April 16th.

April 14, 2015
Evening Vigil
Where: Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - 8:00pm-10:15pm
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.  Free Admission

April 11, 2015
Undying Words in the Plaza (Last Speech)
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - 11:00am
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 this program to introduce this speech, interpret its meaning, and field questions from the audience.  Museum admission required.

April 10, 2015
Family Day
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Help us celebrate our anniversary!  Today only - receive a commemorative piece of history when visiting the museum.  
Museum admission required.

April 9, 2015
Civil War Sesquicentennial Series "Appomattox Court House"
Where Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum  - Doors open at 6:00pm​, discussion will begins at 6:30pm
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 Flowtow and Christian McWhirter.  Dessert reception will follow.  The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online​

April 4, 2015
Tad Lincoln's Birthday Party
Where: Plaza in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
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.

April 2​, 2015
Evening With the Creators Series (Bob  Rogers)
Where Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum  - 6:30pm doors open at 6:00pm
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 Nation Cowgirl Hall of Fame.  
 Reserve Tickets Online​

March 29, 2015​
Egg Roll in the Park 
Where: Union Square Park - Free Event - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
President and Mrs. Lincoln request the honor of your presence at the first ever Easter Egg Roll.  Registration will begin on March 2nd. Participate in the egg roll, eat an egg on a stick, face painting, and crafts.  Sponsored in part by the Department of Agriculture and the American Egg Board.  If inclement weather, the event​ will be canceled.

March 26​, 2015
Abner Mikva Talk  The Abner Mikva talk on Thursday, March 26 is postponed. A future date will be announced as soon as possible Where Multi-Purpose Room at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library  - 6:30pm doors open at 6:00
The Honorable Abner Mikva will talk about civic engagement and how we entice youth and millennial​ to become active in civic life and understanding of complex issues.  He will also talk about the Mikva Challenge - a program to increase understanding of government and student participation in community life.  He will also talk about his experience in all three branches of government.
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online

March 18, 2015
Illinois Symphony​ Orchestra's Around Town Series concert
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Plaza - 11am
The first concert of the series will feature a Woodwind Quintet.  Concert will last approximately 50 minutes.  

March 17​, 2015
Stories from the Stacks - Women​
Where Reading Room at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library  - Doors open at 5:15 pm, event begins at 5:30 pm
The event is free but requires reservations. Reserve Tickets Online

March 10- March 31, 2015
Family Day
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Family Day at the Museum.  March on in with a nonperishable food item.  Green items are encouraged!  Your donation allows you to enjoy $5 off admission/$10 off membership to the museum.  Food items will be donated to the Illinois Central Food bank.  This promotion begins March 10 and runs until the end of the month.

March 10​, 2015
Eddy Lincoln's Birthday
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Plaza  - 9am - 5pm
Join us for the celebration of Eddy Lincoln's birthday!  Enjoy a birthday treat, play 19th Century game, and hear stories from historians at 11:00am and 2:00pm.  "Mary Lincoln​" herself will also be sharing stories.
Free; Museum admission required.

March 4, 2015
Undying Words in the Plaza
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - 11:00am​ 
This interactive program invites staff, volunteers, students, & museum visitors​ to publicly read excerpts from Lincoln's most well-known speeches.  A historian will be on hand to introduce the speech, interpret its meaning, and field questions from the audience at the conclusion of the public reading.