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Flashpoint: 1908–2008, Springfield, Illinois Race Riot
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

The Jim Blackaby Ingenuity Award was introduced in New Orleans at the 2004 MUSE awards ceremony. Jim Blackaby, a board member of the Media and Technology Committee, passed away in the summer of 2003. Jim influenced many in the museum world with his innovative work in information services and Internet strategies. Conceived in his memory, this award recognizes a project that exemplifies the power of creative imagination in the use of media and technology — a project that has a powerful effect on its audience, and one that stands above the others in inventiveness and quality. The winner is selected from submissions to the MUSE awards of all categories and does not necessarily have to be a winner within the category to which it was submitted.

Muse Blackaby Award



2008 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, IL.
For bringing the latest in technology and experience design into an increasingly stale industry.

First commissioned in 1999, the EXPY is, by all accounts, the first award ever established to specifically honor excellence in experience staging. Pine & Gilmore award the EXPY each year at the culmination of their annual countdown of the "Top Ten Experiences of the Year" at thinkAbout, which highlights advances in the art and science of experience staging. For more about the genesis of the EXPY see "The Making of the EXPY".




2009, First Place: $5,000


A. Lincoln Cookbook - A Cookbook of Epic Portions
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Judges Comments:
"The cover is elegant and perfect for the content, with the unmistakable signature. This is a 'wow' book...The dividers are beautiful and interesting – an education in a cookbook. A clear winner!" - Diana McMillen

"One of my favorite cookbooks. I really enjoyed the recipes, as well as the historical significance of many of them." - Robert Cano

"I really loved the ongoing use of cutlery and place settings to reinforce the themes of each section and divider...extra points for 'era' recipes." - Dawn Saxton

Proceeds Support: ALPLM Volunteer Services Department
Gross Sales: $61,047
Group's Web Site:
Cookbook Ordering Information

Coolbool Awards 


Awards for Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

Thea Award for achievement in the creation of compelling places and experiences, Themed Entertainment Association (2007)

EXPY Award, Top Visitor Experience of the Year (2008)

National Award of Achievement, The Lincoln Group of New York (2006)

Illinois Engineering Council, Engineering Achievement Award (2007)

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (2006)

American Council of Engineering Companies (2007)


Awards for Union Station rehabilitation

Palladio International Award for Outstanding Work in Traditional Design for Best Public Architecture: Restoration and Renovation (2007)

National Preservation Award, The Victorian Society in America (2007)

Louis Sullivan Honor Award, American Institute of Architects Illinois (2007)

Midwest Construction Magazine’s Best of 2007, Renovation/ Rehabilitation Project of the Year

American Institute of Architects Southern Illinois Chapter, Jurors’ Award (2007)

American Institute of Architects Southern Illinois Chapter, Design Award (2007)

Honor Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation (2008)

Landmarks Illinois, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award (2008)

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