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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. ​


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!
July 1 - 31, 2017
Backpack Drive
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Donate a new, sturdy backpack for a Springfield District 186 student in need and receive free museum admission or a voucher for a future 2017 visit.
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017 (11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
History Comes Alive - Meet Mr. Lincoln
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Fritz Klein will be portraying President Lincoln every Sunday from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
July 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary Walking Tour
Where: Meet at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Take a stroll through history with this 1.5 mile, one-hour downtown walking tour encompassing Abe and Mary’s turbulent relationship, from a failed engagement to becoming President and First Lady. Along the way, discover the places and people that helped their relationship blossom, and occasionally drove them apart. This guided tour is free. Space is limited. Reserve tickets online.
July 22, 2017 (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Civil War Tech - Teacher Professional Development
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Middle school history and science teachers are invited to discover technological advances made during the Civil War through this free program which features hands-on activities and discussions.
Theme: Communication – Telegraph, Photography, Balloons. Registration required.
Discover the role of the telegraph, a relatively new communication device, during the Civil War. Learn how messages were sent using Morse Code and how they were used to deliver important messages between President Lincoln and his generals. Decode secret messages sent throughout the Civil War and create your own coded messages. Learn about the role of photography in the United States during the Civil War. See how this technology spread information throughout the Civil War and brought a new way for families to stay connected. Try your hand at making your own pinhole camera and create an image using the same concepts as a Civil War camera. Examine the beginnings of aerial surveillance through the use of gas balloons and telegraphs. See the rise and fall of the predecessor to the modern-day drone during the Civil War.

Register by sending an email to Genevieve.Kaplan@illinois.gov
3 CPDU Credits and classroom materials will be provided for all participating teachers. The Civil War Tech Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of AT&T.  Click for more info.
July 25, 2017 (5:30 p.m.)
Boss Lincoln
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Everybody reveres Lincoln's talents as a great public communicator, but few recognize the genius of his behind-the-scenes organizational management. Yet especially during his years in Illinois politics, Lincoln developed a unique style of partisan command that proved essential to his later success as Civil War president. Historian Matthew Pinsker will discuss this transformation, using some new evidence from the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project and featuring insights from his forthcoming book. Reserve tickets online.  Click for more info.
August 2, 2017 (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Civil War Tech - Teacher Professional Development
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Middle school history and science teachers are invited to discover technological advances made during the Civil War through this free program which features hands-on activities and discussions.
Theme: On the Battlefield – Civil War Medicine, Ambulances, Soldier Life

The life of a soldier was filled with danger both on and off the battlefield. Discover how advances in Civil War weaponry and medicine altered life on the front.
- Discover the medical advancements made in triage and patient care and learn how these changes saved lives during the Civil War and today.
- See how germs spread and the role of germ theory played in how Civil War soldiers were treated.
- Learn about Civil War-era diseases and then try your hand at diagnosing patients.
- Examine the evolution of Civil War weaponry and how that affected the way battles were conducted.
- Learn how changing the shape of a bullet dramatically altered battlefield formations.

This is a free event, but registration required. Register by sending an email to Genevieve.Kaplan@illinois.gov. 3
CPDU Credits and classroom materials will be provided for all participating teachers. The Civil War Tech Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of AT&T. Click for more info.

August 5, 2017 (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Civil War Tech - Back to School
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Civil War Tech invites children of all ages to merge science and history through experiments, artifacts, games, presentations from scientists and scholars, and ALPLM exhibits. Students will be inspired to think critically about the impact Civil War technology had on our nation’s greatest conflict as well as how it affects us today. Celebrate the end of summer with games and learn through hands-on activities, featuring many of the themes explored during the program series. This is a free event, reservations are not required.
August 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary Walking Tour
Where: Meet at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Take a stroll through history with this 1.5 mile, one-hour downtown walking tour encompassing Abe and Mary’s turbulent relationship, from a failed engagement to becoming President and First Lady. Along the way, discover the places and people that helped their relationship blossom, and occasionally drove them apart. This guided tour is free. Space is limited. Reserve tickets online.
August 19, 2017 (6 p.m.- 10 p.m.)
All American Picnic
Where: Union Square Park (across from the Presidential Museum)
Join us for a fun evening picnic filled with baseball activities (6-8 p.m.), and one of the greatest baseball films (8 p.m.) of all time — Field of Dreams! Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the show! There will be baseball-themed crafts and activities for kids, baseball performances by the theater department and demonstrations by baseball re-enactors. Ballpark food and drinks will be available for purchase. Be sure to visit our website and Facebook page for inclement weather updates. This is a free event, so don't miss out! Click for more info.