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Calendar of Events

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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. ​

March 24, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Cubs vs Cardinals:  The Rivalry
Where: Illinois Gallery in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Our newest exhibit, Cubs vs Cardinals:  The Rivalry, offers fans an interactive look at the historic baseball rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals.  Included with Museum admission.  Click here for more details.

December 2, 2016 - November 30, 2017
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.

June 9 - December 31, 2017
America's Game In Illinois
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
America’s Game in Illinois explores Illinois’ baseball past through photos, artifacts, and documents entirely drawn from our own collection.  GO SEE IF YOUR HOMETOWN IS REPRESENTED!
August 1 - December 15, 2017
Art Contest
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
Students K-12 are invited to design a poster to celebrate Illinois’ 200th Birthday and show us what makes Illinois special to you! Winners’ will be announced in February 2018 and their artwork will be displayed in the Museum. The contest is open to schools, organizations and individual students. For more info call 217.782.2981. Please fill out the registration form and attach to the submitted artwork.

September 21, 2017 (6 p.m. Book signing; 6:30 p.m. Book discussion)
Ulysses S. Grant: A Fresh Vision of American Leadership
Where: Abraham Lincoln presidential Museum
In his time Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the “Trinity of Great American Leaders.” But the battlefield commander turned commander-in-chief fell out of favor in the twentieth century. In American Ulysses, Ronald C. White argues that we need to once more revise our estimates of him in the twenty-first. Ronald C. White will be leading this presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. Click for more info.  Reserve tickets online.
October 5, 6, 2017 (9 a.m.)
Conference on Illinois History
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
The 19th annual Conference on Illinois History presents story after story from the state’s rich heritage. Some cast new light on familiar names and events while others put the spotlight on little-known moments. Join in discussions of the latest scholarship with historians from the ALPLM and other institutions. Reserve tickets online. Conference program.
October 21, 2017 (6:30 p.m.)
Spooktacular - 6th Annual
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The SPOOKTACULAR Evening is suitable for all ages and includes historical characters "haunting" the exhibit journeys, special eerie lighting and music, live DJ music, snacks/drinks, 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 6:30 pm and ends at 8:30 pm. Only one family ticket is required.  No tickets will be sold at the door. Reserve tickets online.
October 21, 2017 (1-3 p.m.)
7th Inning Stretch
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Have you ever wondered how a baseball is constructed? Examine the many layers involved in a baseball and then make your own to take home. Create a baseball using household materials while learning about the different types of baseballs used between the Civil War and today. Visit our 'Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry' exhibit in the Museum to get in the baseball spirit!