Calendar of Events



Bringing History To Your Community
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
The library is open Monday through Friday and closed on weekends and state holidays. C-SPAN’s American Presidents Life Portraits exhibit takes a look back at the lives of the men who have held the office of president from the founding of our country through the modern age. Known for providing up-to-the-minute public affairs coverage and historical insight into today’s events, C-SPAN’s traveling exhibit brings you a portrait of each of our country’s presidents through paintings, photographs, prints, and audio recordings. “In our nation’s history, only 44 men have made it to the White House. By learning more about them, we learn more about our collective selves,” said C-SPAN Executive Chairman Brian Lamb.



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.   

JUNE 6, 2019 THROUGH JANUARY 12, 2020

In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers WWII
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Illinois Gallery
There were no bystanders during World War II—the American people were “all in.” “In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers World War II” features audio and video of people telling their own stories from the war. Landing at Normandy, surviving Pearl Harbor, working at an aircraft factory, discovering Nazi death camps – the exhibit features those stories and more.  It also includes amazing artifacts, like Eisenhower’s helmet, a WWII motorcycle, and forged papers given to a downed pilot by the French Resistance. Programs in conjunction with the WWII exhibit.

Veterans and military personnel always get a $5 discount to the presidential museum. That discount is being expanded during the run of “In This Great Struggle.” Spouses of active-duty troops will also get $5 off, and veterans, military personnel and spouses with military ID can bring up to three family members at $5 off the standard adult ticket price or $1 off the youth price. 


“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.


Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.)
Story Time in Mrs. Lincoln's Attic
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Abraham Lincoln was an expert story teller and had a passion for reading! Join us in Mrs. Lincoln’s Attic for Story Time every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. All ages are welcome. Incuded with museum admission.

September 21, 2019
Smithsonian Magazine’s 15th Annual Museum Day:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Do you love to visit the museum? Thanks to Smithsonian Magazine, travelers can visit participating facilities on September 21 free of charge. Tickets are now available for download through the publication’s official website and will permit the ticket holder and one guest free access to any participating museum.  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is pleased to participate this year and we hope to see you on September 21! 
For a full list of participating museums nationwide, please visit One ticket is permitted per email address.
Museum Day celebrates the power of museums to provide visitors with insight and inspiration, and the event represents a national commitment to access, equity and inclusion, with over 1,300 museums registering thus far.

September 26, 2019 (6:30 p.m.)
Fact vs. Fiction: WWII movies
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
No conflict in human history has been portrayed in the movies more than World War II. Join us as Mark DePue talks about some of your favorite World War II themed movies, and how they fare when put under the bright lights of history. Such movies as Tora! Tora! Tora!, Bridge on the River Kwai, Saving Private Ryan, To Hell and Back, and The Longest Day are a few of the movies that will be discussed.  Museum doors and the Illinois Gallery will be open at 6:00pm. Free; registration required.

October 1, 2019 (5:45 p.m.)
More Speech: A Conversation about the First Amendment
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Controversial speech, inflammatory cartoons, edgy social media posts -- for more than 200 years, First Amendment issues have influenced art and civic life. Join us at 5:45 p.m. to hear historian Christian McWhirter discuss the free-speech issues that Abraham Lincoln faced. Then at 6:15, watch a panel discussion on freedom of speech and expression. Moderated by former WGN anchor Robert Jordan, “More Speech: A Conversation about the First Amendment” will feature the diverse perspectives of artists, journalists, historians, librarians, legal professionals, and civic leaders.  For a complete list of participants click here. 

This free event, a livestream of a discussion at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago, is offered in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Library Association and the Illinois Library Association. It takes place in the ALPLM's library building, 112 N. Sixth Street, Springfield.  Reservations are not required.

October 3-4, 2019
21st Annual Conference on Illinois History
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
The Conference on Illinois History will offer two full days of panels covering a wide range of topics from Illinois’s political, cultural, and social history that will appeal to academics, teachers, and anyone interested in the past. Continuing education credits are also available.  Thursday’s luncheon will feature Adam Selzer as he discusses his most recent book, HH Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil.  At Friday’s luncheon Dr. Wayne C. Temple will speak about Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield/Pittsfield connection.  Join us on Thursday evening for the new Women's Suffrage Tour at the Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site.  Various ticket options are available including student pricing.    See page two of the History Conference Program to register by mail or purchase tickets here.
PLEASE NOTE: Lunch ticket sales will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26 and online registration will close on Tuesday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. 

Thursday, October 10, 2019 (12:00 p.m.)       
Tales from the Vault:  Rare Books
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
What qualities define a rare book?  Is it age, value, construction, or something else entirely?  Could it be the story of the book: how it was made or who may have owned it? Join ALPLM’s Reference Librarian Meghan Harmon as she highlights some of her favorite treasures from the library’s Rare Book collection.  You’ll see books intended for peasants and presidents, oversized and miniature, adorned with illuminations, gildings, velvets, vellums, and even a book bound in the skin of python.  Reservations are not required.

October 19, 2019 (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The SPOOKTACULAR Evening is suitable for all ages and includes historical characters "haunting" the exhibit journeys, special eerie lighting and music, live DJ music, snacks/drinks, crafts and games! (Children must be accompanied by adults, no adult costume with hood/mask is allowed.) Are you a member of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation?  Members are FREE!  Purchase a membership today by calling 217-557-5589.    Only one $10 family ticket is required.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  Purchase tickets here.

This event is sponsored by INB Bank

October 26, 2019 (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
Rosie the Riveter
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Learn about Rosie the Riveter, the WWII icon of women in the workplace. Discover the many roles women played during WWII through games and activities. Make a keychain using rivet technology and try your hand at putting together a large rivet similar to what Rosie and the Riveters would have worked with in the factories.  A selfie station, 3D printer and arts and crafts activity will also be available!   Included with museum admission.

November 14, 2019 (12:00 p.m.)
Illinois History Forum: The Anti-Slavery Movement in Illinois
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Moderator: Jeanne Schultz Angel, Indpendent Historian and Executive Director of the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association
Suggested Reading: Eric Foner, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad. Bring your lunch to this free discussion at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.  Reservations are not required.

November 29, 2019 (10:00 am to 1:00 pm)
Fun Frosty Friday
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Jumpstart your holiday season at the 5th Annual Fun Frosty Friday! This FREE family event features fun for the entire family and includes trains, face painting, balloon art and our signature LIFE-SIZED CANDY LAND ADVENTURE! What would a holiday event be without a photo opportunity with Santa and a real-life Ice Princess?!?!?! Enjoy the festivities with us, but you might want to watch out for the Grinch! Reservations are not required.

December 12, 2019 (12:00 pm)
Tales from the Vault: Civil War Battles
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Join ALPLM Lincoln Historian Dr. Christian McWhirter as he shows and discusses items from our collection from and about Civil War battles. Learn what it was like to fight in the Civil War and how its battles have been remembered over time. Reservations are not required.