EXHIBITS FEBRUARY 15 THROUGH MAY 19, 2019American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Illinois GalleryA traveling exhibit commemorating President John F. Kennedy’s private life and public trajectory. Some of the photographs on display are iconic; others have rarely been seen. Included with museum admission. ****************************************************************************************************************CALENDAR OF EVENTSFebruary 23, 2019 (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) Teacher Professional Development WorkshopWhere: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Explore the museum’s latest exhibit, American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times, through a guided tour and hands-on activities for your classroom. Learn how to “read” a photograph and discover new ways to use images in textbooks and online in the classroom. In this workshop participants will utilize historical images to share information and create a visual biography. Free workshop with three (3) CPDUs provided. Registration is required. Members: $50 for all three days or $17/day. Public: $60 for all three days or $20/day. Purchase tickets here.March 7, 2019 (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) Tales from the Vault: The Frost Trade Bead Collection Where: Research and Collections Center of the Illinois State Museum (1011 East Ash Street)Stephen A. Frost and his son Daniel peddled glass seed beads to Plains Indian tribes in the latter half of the 19th century, accepting cash or craftwork as payment. When Daniel took over the company in 1900, new clientele included non-Native customers on the Eastern Seaboard, who favored more intricately designed large glass beads. In 1941, Dan Frost donated 71 bead sample cards and Native American beaded objects to the Illinois State Museum. This exquisite collection is believed to be the largest of its kind in a North American museum. Moderated by Dr. Brooke Morgan, Curator of Anthropology at the Illinois State Museum. Reservations are not required.March 14, 2019 (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) Illinois History Forum: Illinois Civil War Officers and EmancipationWhere: Abraham Lincoln Presidential LibraryModerator: Civil War Historian Kristopher Teters, Western Governors UniversitySuggested Reading: Kristopher Teters, Practical Liberators: Union Officers in the Western Theater during the Civil War.Bring your lunch to this free discussion at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Reservations are not required. March 26-28 and April 2-4, 2019 (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day) Spring Break CampWhere: Abraham Lincoln Presidential LibraryJoin us for a Spring Break Camp based on our popular Civil War Tech series that incorporates STEM-based activities. Each day will explore a different theme including Civil War Spies, Life of a Civil War Soldier, and Investigating and Inventing.
March 26 and April 2: Civil War Spies: Spend the morning cracking codes, discovering techniques used by Civil War spies to gather and share information, and chasing after a spy with stolen information. March 27 and April 3: Life of a Civil War Soldier: Do you have what it takes to be a soldier during the Civil War? Examine life on and off the battlefield for soldiers through the words of the soldiers themselves. Pack your gear and see how soldiers lived, what they ate, how they tried to stay healthy, and what battlefield challenges they faced.
March 28 and April 4: Investigating and Inventing: Discover several inventions created during the Civil War and see if how they affected the outcome of many battles. Discover how one doctor's attempt to cut down on battlefield injuries and deaths resulted in a major advancement in weaponry. Learn how the Union and Confederate armies developed transportation under the water and aerial observation to help with battle on the ground while building your own.April 7, 2019 (3:00 p.m.) MISTER LINICOLN, A One-Man Play Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Union Theater John O'Connor as President Abraham Lincoln in MISTER LINCOLN by Herbert Mitgang, directed by Carlyn Shank.This two-act drama premiered on Broadway in 1979, followed by performances in Great Britain and Australia. John O'Connor has been performing this one-man play since 2015. He brings to life the character and soul of President Lincoln in a stunning, virtuoso performance. $10 Members; $12 Public. Purchase tickets here. April 12, 2019 VIP Night With Douglas Brinkley Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and MuseumNoted historian Douglas Brinkley visits to discuss his latest book, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race. Brinkley, a presidential historian and contributor to CNN and The New York Times will take the audience from Kennedy's 1961 vow to put a man on the moon to the successful landing in 1969. 5:15 p.m. - VIP meet and greet at the Library. VIP ticket holders get preferred seating in the Union Theater. Limited availability!6:00 p.m. - Book signing at the Museum. Book availability not guaranteed if not purchased during the pre-sale window ending April 1st.6:30 p.m. - Presentation in the Museum's Union Theater.Illinois Gallery will be open from 6:00 to 6:30 to view our newest exhibit, American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times.Registration is required. Purchase tickets here.