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Calendar of Events

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​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. 

Ongoing
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.

March 23, 2018 - December 31, 2018
Exhibit - 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.  

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April 19, 2018
Raw Hide Down, The Ronald Reagan Shooting with Del Wilber
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
A special program in conjunction with the ALPLM’s exhibit From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama.  The crime that horrified a nation in 1865 came close to happening again in 1981 when President Reagan was severely wounded by a madman. Del Quentin Wilber, author of Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan, will explain in gripping detail how Reagan was shot, what the Secret Service did to keep him alive and how surgeons battled to save him.  Wilber will sign copies of his bestselling book at 6 p.m. and then speak in the museum’s Union Theater at 6:30.  $5 members; $8 public.  Purchase tickets here 

May 5, 2018 (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Civil War Tech: Mapping
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library     
With the Civil War came a great rush for new maps needed for battle. Learn about cartography (mapmaking) and how maps were mass produced at the time. Head outside to map an area, then create your own block print to make copies of your map! Parents are invited to stay for the program, but are not required to do so. Free; registration required

May 10, 2018 (12-1 p.m.)
Illinois History Forum: Ulysses S. Grant
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Book discussion on U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth by Joan Waugh.  
Moderator: National Park Ranger Nick Sacco, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Bring your lunch to this free discussion at the Lincoln Presidential Library!  Reservations are not required.


May 22, 2018
Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama with author David Garrow
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
David Garrow won the Pulitzer Prize for Bearing the Cross, his take on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Now he has focused his historian's eye and exhaustive research on Barack Obama. Garrow provides a detailed look at Obama's early years in Chicago, his political ambitions and his journey from community organizer to presidential candidate.  Garrow will sign copies of his bestselling book at 6 p.m. and then speak in the museum’s Union Theater at 6:30.   Registration is required.  $5 members; $8 public. Purchase tickets here