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Calendar of Events

EXHIBITS

MARCH 27, 2020, THROUGH JANUARY 24, 2021

“Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America”
Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs reveals nine major events in history when Americans were threatened by enemies within the United States borders. This exhibit depicts how the government and the public responded, highlighting the evolution of U.S. counterintelligence and homeland security efforts, as well as examining the challenge of securing our nation without compromising the civil liberties upon which it was founded. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAY 2019 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2020

“Return Visit” Sculpture
We have two very special visitors at the museum – President Lincoln and an unnamed “modern man.” Together they make up the sculpture “Return Visit,” which imagines Lincoln returning and talking about his famous Gettysburg Address. The bronze sculpture by Seward Johnson stands 31 feet tall and weighs 37,200 pounds. (The two figures account for 17,200 pounds of that. The base makes up the rest.) “Return Visit” will be on display until September 2020.
 



 

 

 

MAY 10 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020

All Aboard! America's Love of Railroads
Where:  Union Station 
Located in historic Union Station, All Aboard will showcase model trains, discuss President Lincoln's role in creating the transcontinental railroad, and offer hands-on activities for children – Included with museum admission. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Springfield Railroad Society.   






  

CALENDAR OF EVENTS


June 10, 2020 (5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)
Educator Listening Session
We want to hear from you!
As ALPLM’s Education team works to create programs for Educators and students for the 2020-2021 school year, we need your input. If you are an educator of Pre-K to 12th grade students or in a higher education environment, we invite you to join us for a Listening Session at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, June 10, to share your instructional and development needs and help us brainstorm new opportunities for Educational programming.
We will begin the session by briefly sharing information about our summer programming pivot and then open the floor for discussion and idea sharing. Remember, no need, concern, or idea is too small or large and, whether you live near or far, we really want to know what programs would interest and excite you!
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAoduGgpzsjGdSV527BpAr4wRtaGIQf_Rio
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your “ticket” (via a link unique to you) into the event.

June 15, 2020 (4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Summer Reading Club: The One and Only Ivan (Intermediate)
We invite youth to join us this summer in a virtual (via Zoom) reading club as we discuss books about the world we share. Our hope is to provide relevant books that allow youth to engage with our staff and their peers around topics that are important to them. Our promise is a safe space where youth can think, discuss their ideas, challenge assumptions, and (hopefully) grow a little based on what we read. We also promise to remember it's summer and keep it fun!
Our Intermediate book selection for June is Katherine Applegate's, The One and Only Ivan. To learn more about the book, please see the Common Sense Media review.
A Note to Parents and Caregivers -- Before registering your child for this event, please review the Summer Reading Club website for information related to book selections and discuss our expectations for participation with your child.
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvdeyhpz0jGNUNpQXi6h052GG4J0CtMiQf
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your "ticket" (via the link unique to you) into the event.

June 16, 2020 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Summer in the Stacks: Strategies for Teachers Seeking Primary Sources 
Interested in doing research at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, but not sure where to begin? Would you like to find more primary sources to use in your classroom, but need tips on where to start? Join us for an informative, hands-on virtual workshop to learn more about the resources of the library and how to find and request materials to view in our Reading Room. We will also share tips and strategies for finding primary sources and primary source-based lesson plans online. Participants will earn 3.0 CPDUs. This event is free, but registration is required. 
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqc--srTkiHNZWAuf-yrgDxXBDBkGdkzkI
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your “ticket” (via a link unique to you) into the event.

June 22, 2020 (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Summer Reading Club: Turtles All the Way Down (Advanced)
We invite youth to join us this summer in a virtual (via Zoom) reading club as we discuss books about the world we share. Our hope is to provide relevant books that allow youth to engage with our staff and their peers around topics that are important to them. Our promise is a safe space where youth can think, discuss their ideas, challenge assumptions, and (hopefully) grow a little based on what we read. We also promise to remember it’s summer and keep it fun!
Our Advanced book selection for June is John Green’s, Turtles All the Way Down. To learn more about the book, please see the Common Sense Media review.
A Note to Parents and Caregivers -- Before registering your child for this event, please review the Summer Reading Club website for information related to book selections and discuss our expectations for participation with your child.
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMucOCqrTMrEtdco8VT5F2lUY8UwFvJ6NcY
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your “ticket” (via the link unique to you) into the event.

June 23, 2020 (10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.)
Little Lincoln's Virtual Fireside Tales
Little Lincoln’s (Virtual) Fireside Tales invites children 0 to 5 years old (Pre-K) to share in an exciting virtual story time, hosted via Zoom, with our Education staff and special visitors. This month, our theme is the wonderful world of “Bugs!” Education staff will lead this interactive story time and at-home arts and crafts activities will be provided at the conclusion of the event. This event is free, but registration is required.
We hope you and your children can join us as we celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s love of books and highlight the importance of literacy.
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvcOuuqD8sHdB6_KxWdxpGLvHYuEiOnT9w 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your “ticket” (via the link unique to you) into the event.

June 25, 2020 (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Junior Historians LIVE! So You Wanna Work in a Museum?!?
Calling all Junior Historians and young museum lovers! If you've ever thought you wanted to work in a museum, this event is for you. ALPLM needs a variety of professional positions to function, ranging from historians, to exhibit designers, to librarians, to educators, to actors, to facilities and maintenance crews, to conservationists, and so much more.
Join us for a fun Round Table discussion, as key ALPLM staff share short presentations on their current jobs and professional backgrounds. After staff presentations conclude, you’re invited to ask questions to learn more about how you too can work for a museum some day. 
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvfuGpqT0uH9157NvEfCJN-OReaeY5tj3f
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your “ticket” (via the link unique to you) into the event.

July 2, 2020 (12:00 p.m.)
Tales from the Vault:  Lincoln’s Life in Letters
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Producing new exhibits at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is a team effort.  Join us for a look behind the scenes, as Illinois State Historian Dr. Samuel Wheeler hosts a discussion with the ALPLM team that is working to produce a new exhibit in the library, “Lincoln’s Life in Letters.”  Hear the stories that are inspiring the exhibit, learn about some of the work that is going into making it a reality, and see some of the original documents and objects that will be featured in the exhibit.  Reservations are not required.

July 9, 2020 (12:00 p.m.)
Illinois History Forum: "I Have Done My Duty as I Best Know": The Life of Robert Todd Lincoln
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Robert Todd Lincoln was the only one of Abraham and Mary’s children who lived to adulthood.  Though he built a successful law practice, served the nation as secretary of war and minister to Great Britain, and flourished in business, his legacy remains divisive.  Join Illinois State Historian Dr. Samuel Wheeler for an examination of Robert’s life and learn more about an upcoming LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning bus trip that will explore “Robert Lincoln’s Chicago,” taking place September 23-25, 2020.   Bring your lunch to this free discussion at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Reservations are not required.

July 13, 2020 (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Summer Reading Club: Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in 10 Blocks (Intermediate)
We invite youth to join us this summer in a virtual (via Zoom) reading club as we discuss books about the world we share. Our hope is to provide relevant books that allow youth to engage with our staff and their peers around topics that are important to them. Our promise is a safe space where youth can think, discuss their ideas, challenge assumptions, and (hopefully) grow a little based on what we read. We also promise to remember it’s summer and keep it fun!
Our Intermediate book selection for July is Jason Reynolds’s, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in 10 Blocks. To learn more about the book, please see the Common Sense Media review.
A Note to Parents and Caregivers -- Before registering your child for this event, please review the Summer Reading Club website for information related to book selections and discuss our expectations for participation with your child.
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsdO6gqDsiHdb3yQqLecECqe5jFEQ8fLQL
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your “ticket” (via the link unique to you) into the event.

July 16, 2020 (3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Cultivating Future Historians: Teaching the Process of History
During this hands-on virtual workshop, engage in activities to explore your positionality, consider the challenges of traditional methods of history instruction, examine effective strategies to make the process of history visible in your classroom, and begin developing a plan to teach students how to think and act like historians.  All participants will earn 2.0 CPDU credits for completion of the workshop.
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvdu2hrDItG9Aj5DCKolzdJ_UOHUljzLic
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your “ticket” (via a link unique to you) into the event.

July 20, 2020 (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) 
Summer Reading Club: Dear Martin (Advanced)
We invite youth to join us this summer in a virtual (via Zoom) reading club as we discuss books about the world we share. Our hope is to provide relevant books that allow youth to engage with our staff and their peers around topics that are important to them. Our promise is a safe space where youth can think, discuss their ideas, challenge assumptions, and (hopefully) grow a little based on what we read. We also promise to remember it’s summer and keep it fun!
Our Advanced book selection for July is Nic Stone’s, Dear Martin. To learn more about the book, please see the Common Sense Media review.
A Note to Parents and Caregivers -- Before registering your child for this event, please review the Summer Reading Club website for information related to book selections and discuss our expectations for participation with your child.
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqceuhpjIpE9QkASNoUChqEjTp3Sb1au7v
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your “ticket” (via the link unique to you) into the event.

July 23, 2020 (3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Uncovering History’s Mysteries: Creating Exciting, Hands-On Primary Source Analysis Activities
"You know my methods, Watson. There was not one of them which I did not apply to the inquiry." - Sherlock Holmes
Working with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s collection and a variety of primary source analysis methods, discover how to create exciting hands-on analysis activities for your students to facilitate the development of disciplinary literacy, learner-led inquiry, and higher-level thinking skills.  All participants will earn 2.0 CPDU credits for completion of the workshop.
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtc-iqpj0oG92OnWBWNpthcOWI_KlpKkjz
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your “ticket” (via a link unique to you) into the event.

July 28, 2020 (10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.)
Little Lincoln's Fireside Tales 
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Little Lincoln’s Fireside Tales invites children 0 to 5 years old (Pre-K) to share in an exciting story time with our Education staff and special visitors. This month, our theme is "Nature.” Education staff will lead this interactive story time that may highlight arts and crafts, show and tell, or hands-on activities to supplement the stories being read. This event is free, but reservations are required. 
We hope you and your children can join us as we celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s love of books and highlight the importance of literacy.
NOTE: We hope to host this event in the Union Square Park beside the Museum, following all required social distancing practices. If the weather or pandemic-related guidance and restrictions make this impossible, we will convert the event to a virtual experience using Zoom. We will notify registered guests, via email, at least 24 hours prior to the event—please be sure to check your email at that time. 

July 30,  2020 (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Junior Historians LIVE! That Belongs in a Museum
Join ALPLM Educators, Historians, and Librarians as we host an exciting “That Belongs in a Museum” show-and-tell event. Although we’ve borrowed this idea from an adult event, we think kids (through age 18) will love to share the story of a family treasure with their peers and learn more about what’s meaningful to other kids and their families.
To prepare, kids will need to choose a family treasure or artifact and learn more about its history from family members so they can tell its story to peers. If a family treasure isn’t an option, it can be a unique or collectible item of great meaning. During the event, kids will take turns showing their artifact and sharing its story. After each “share,” the audience will vote to determine the name of the museum where the object should live.
Groups will be facilitated by ALPLM staff and breakout sessions in Zoom will be used to ensure all kids have a chance to participate. Sibling groups with a common object to share are encouraged to present their story together. 
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctcuGoqTgoGdT03Y6BGZftkZuxaPHLDumA
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your “ticket” (via the link unique to you) into the event.

August 1, 2020
Back to School Bash 
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Shake off those end of summer blues and get ready for school at our exciting, outdoor “Back to School Bash!” Challenge your knowledge and skills across a variety of subjects as you play games and participate in fun, hands-on, minds-on learning opportunities. All students and their families are invited to this free community event. No advance registration required.

August 10, 2020 (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Summer Reading Club: Other Words for Home (Intermediate)
We invite youth to join us this summer in a virtual (via Zoom) reading club as we discuss books about the world we share. Our hope is to provide relevant books that allow youth to engage with our staff and their peers around topics that are important to them. Our promise is a safe space where youth can think, discuss their ideas, challenge assumptions, and (hopefully) grow a little based on what we read. We also promise to remember it’s summer and keep it fun!
Our Intermediate book selection for August is Jasmine Warga’s, Other Words for Home. To learn more about the book, please see the Common Sense Media review.
A Note to Parents and Caregivers -- Before registering your child for this event, please review the Summer Reading Club website for information related to book selections and discuss our expectations for participation with your child.
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAudemrrTIjE9b8zNeErdiVroKXIPweEA_J
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your “ticket” (via the link unique to you) into the event.

August 11, 2020 (10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.)
Difficult Dialouges Teacher Workshop
If you’ve ever struggled to engage students around challenging topics in your classroom or are leery to do so based on where the conversation might go this is the workshop for you! Join ALPLM’s Director of Education, Heather Nice, as we discuss strategies to engage students in civil discourse when discussing difficult, challenging, or sensitive topics. Participants will earn 2.0 CPDUs and leave with ready-to-implement strategies to tackle challenging topics in their classrooms. This event is free, but registration is required.
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0td-qprT0jHNzaZ1XnhP73w6oAUA2Vkeyi
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your “ticket” (via a link unique to you) into the event.

August 17, 2020 (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Summer Reading Club: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Advanced)
We invite youth to join us this summer in a virtual (via Zoom) reading club as we discuss books about the world we share. Our hope is to provide relevant books that allow youth to engage with our staff and their peers around topics that are important to them. Our promise is a safe space where youth can think, discuss their ideas, challenge assumptions, and (hopefully) grow a little based on what we read. We also promise to remember it’s summer and keep it fun!
Our Advanced book selection for August is Marjane Satrapi’s, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. To learn more about the book, please see the School Library Journal Round Table Discussion.
As Common Sense Media has not reviewed the book, we are providing the following Parental Advisory: There are several versions of Persepolis; we chose the graphic novel that tells the story of Marjane’s childhood during the Iranian Revolution. The book includes a depiction of torture where a guard urinates on a detainee and a verbal threat of sexual violence against Marjane’s mother.
A Note to Parents and Caregivers -- Before registering your child for this event, please review the Summer Reading Club website for information related to book selections and discuss our expectations for participation with your child.
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkd--rpj8qGtzBAh_sMFOWn6M9x9u2jpdO
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your “ticket” (via the link unique to you) into the event.

August 20, 2020 (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Junior Historians LIVE! Goes Behind the Scenes
If you’ve always wanted to know what happens behind the double “Staff Only” doors at ALPLM, please join us for this exciting Junior Historians LIVE! Event led by our Education and Exhibits teams. We‘ll take you behind the scenes of every day life and show you the spaces where only staff can visit.   If we’re back in our facility, this will be a true “live” event as we walk you through the halls, showing you cool things, and answering your questions. If we’re unable to access the facility, we’ll use images and video footage to replicate a “live” event. Either way, you’re going to see some cool stuff and get answers to the questions you’ve always had about ALPLM!
To register for this event, please visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvdu2hrD8qGtN_lxwBTqc-zFDM-FsfTE3M
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save this email as it is your “ticket” (via the link unique to you) into the event.

August 25, 2020 (10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)
Little Lincoln's Fireside Tales 
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Little Lincoln’s Fireside Tales invites children 0 to 5 years old (Pre-K) to share in an exciting story time with our Education staff and special visitors. This month, our theme is "Summer” and we invite children and their caretakers to wear their best summer gear! Education staff will lead this interactive story time that may highlight arts and crafts, show and tell, or hands-on activities to supplement the stories being read. We hope you and your children can join us as we celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s love of books and highlight the importance of literacy. This event is free, but reservations are required
NOTE: We hope to host this event in the Union Square Park beside the Museum, following all required social distancing practices. If the weather or pandemic-related guidance and restrictions make this impossible, we will convert the event to a virtual experience using Zoom. We will notify registered guests, via email, at least 24 hours prior to the event—please be sure to check your email at that time.