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Ongoing

From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama
Where: Illinois Gallery in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The centerpiece of the commemoration of the Illinois Bicentennial. Analyze the ties these four presidents have to this great state, and how its history, location and population make it a microcosm of America and a perfect training ground for national leaders.

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. 

In Commemoration
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Ghost Queue
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of America's entry into WW I. This Ghost Queue​ exhibit explores the war through one soldier's artifacts. Included with Museum admission.
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Special Series

lllinois History Forum
A rotating group of moderators will lead discussions on books, films and exhibits on various topics from Illinois’ past.  Free and open to the public.  Click here for more information.

Tales from the Vault
Don’t miss this exclusive look are rare artifacts!  Free and open to the public.  Click here for more information.

Abe’s Educators
Our education department helps bring history lessons to your classroom.  Free; registration required.   Click here for more information.

Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart.  Every Tuesday in June, July and August. Click here for more information.
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August 1, 2018 (9 a.m.–12 p.m.)
Teacher Professional Development Workshop   EVENT SOLD OUT
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Free workshop with three (3) CPDU credits provided. Teachers must bring their IEIN number to receive CPDU credit. This workshop is for active and preservice teachers.
Explore our newest exhibit, From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama, and learn about the four men who once called Illinois home and their rise to the presidency. This exhibit is offered as part of the museum's Bicentennial celebration. Participants will start the morning with a guided tour of the exhibit from Dr. Christian McWhirter, ALPLM's Research Historian. After the tour, Education Department staff will share lesson plans and hands-on activities teachers can use in their classrooms connected to the exhibit.  Free; registration required

August 2, 2018 (6:30 p.m.)
50th Anniversary of the 1968 Democratic Convention
Where:  Abraham Lincoln President Museum
Join Alderman Ed Burke, Dick Simpson and Bernard Sieracki as they share their personal memories of the 1968 Democratic Convention with moderator, Mark DePue.  Enjoy a wine and cheese reception following the event generously sponsored by Bill and Julie Cellini.  The presentation will begin at 6:30 in the museum’s Union Theater.   Registration is required.  $5 members; $8 public. Purchase tickets here

August 4, 2018 (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
Back to School Bash!             
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
The free event features hands-on projects that show children the connection between history and technology. Kids will get to play a life-sized game of Operation on a Civil War soldier, learn how to send a message in Morse code and learn the principles behind the Gatling gun by firing a version that shoots rubber bands.  Registration is not required.


August 7, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required

August 8, 2018 (12:30 p.m.)   
Tales from the Vault: Self Presentation from Portraits to Snapshots
Where:  Research & Collections Center Conference Room (1011 East Ash Street)
How did people record and share images of themselves before selfies? See examples from the collection and learn about portraits, daguerreotypes, and photographs from the 1830s to 1930s.   Erika Holst, Curator of Decorative Arts and History will lead this presentation.  The program is free and open to the public.  Registration is not required.

August 14, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required

August 21, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required

August 28, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required
 
September 22, 2018 (1:00 p.m.)
Made in Illinois Tea
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
The Made in Illinois Tea is a creative way to join our ongoing bicentennial celebration. Enjoy a three-course tea featuring a celebration of all things Illinois. Local Illinois Artisans showcase their creativity in table centerpiece displays. Cindy Ladage, a Central Illinois Travel Blogger, has traversed the entire state and will feature some of Illinois’ most unique and quirky travel destinations in Illinois. Tickets are $35. Advance registration is required.