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Calendar of Events

Ongoing

From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama
Where:
Illinois Gallery in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The centerpiece of the commemoration of the Illinois Bicentennial. Analyze the ties these four presidents have to this great state, and how its history, location and population make it a microcosm of America and a perfect training ground for national leaders.

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. 

Illinois Centennial
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Ghost Queue
As Illinoisans celebrate the Bicentennial of Statehood in 2018, this exhibit explores how the state celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1918.  Included with Museum admission.

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Special Series

lllinois History Forum
A rotating group of moderators will lead discussions on books, films and exhibits on various topics from Illinois’ past.  Free and open to the public.  Click here for more information.

Tales from the Vault
Don’t miss this exclusive look are rare artifacts!  Free and open to the public.  Click here for more information.

Abe’s Educators
Our education department helps bring history lessons to your classroom.  Free; registration required.   Click here for more information.

Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart.  Every Tuesday in June, July and August. Click here for more information.
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August 14, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required

August 21, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required

August 28, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
Discover the people and places of historic, downtown Springfield that helped Abraham and Mary’s relationship blossom, and on occasion, aspired to wedge them apart. Free; registration required

September 6, 2018 (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Illinois History Forum: Lincoln the Lawyer
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Multipurpose Room
George R. Dekle, Sr., Lawyer and former Florida Assistant State’s Attorney will discuss his book, Prairie Defender: The Murder Trials of Abraham Lincoln. Bring your lunch to this free event at the Lincoln Presidential Library!  Reservations are not required.

September 12, 2018 (12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
Tales from the Vault:  Rod Blagojevich
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Dr. Mark DePue, Director of the Oral History Program at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, will illustrate Governor Rod Blagojevich’s rise and fall using interview excerpts on the Governor from those who knew him well.  Reservations are not required.

September 13, 2018 (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Illinois History Forum: Ronald Reagan
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Multipurpose Room
Alan Lowe, former Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Archivist and current Executive Director of the ALPLM will lead a discussion on the book When Character was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan, written by Wall Street Journal columnist, Peggy Noonan. Bring your lunch to this free event at the Lincoln Presidential Library!  Reservations are not required. 

September 15, 2018 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Teacher Professional Development Workshop - An Illinois Bicentennial Workshop
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Free workshop with three (3) CPDU credits provided. Teachers must bring their IEIN number to receive CPDU credit. This workshop is for active and preservice teachers.
Discover Illinois history through this hands-on workshop highlighting the Illinois Chronicles and the Illinois Chronicles Educator’s Guide. Try out hands-on activities that you can lead in your classroom focusing on Illinois history in the field of politics, medical advances, and invention and innovation. Led by Genevieve Kaplan, ALPLM Director of Education, and Katie Elvidge, ISBE Social Science Content Specialist, this workshop will help teachers in Elementary, Middle, and High School incorporate Illinois history into their classroom.  Free; registration required.

September 22, 2018 (1:00 p.m.)
Made in Illinois Tea
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
The Made in Illinois Tea is a creative way to join our ongoing bicentennial celebration. Enjoy a three-course tea featuring a celebration of all things Illinois. Local Illinois Artisans showcase their creativity in table centerpiece displays. Cindy Ladage, a Central Illinois Travel Blogger, has traversed the entire state and will feature some of Illinois’ most unique and quirky travel destinations in Illinois.  Advance registration is required. $31.50 members; $35 public. Purchase tickets here.

October 4 & 5, 2018    
20th 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.  Join us Thursday evening for a reception to celebrate 100 Years of Publishing Lincoln with the University of Illinois Press, then tour the newly renovated Illinois Governor’s Mansion!  Registration is required. Purchase tickets here.    

October 20, 2018 (6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
A SPOOKTACULAR Evening with Abe
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.  Purchase tickets here.  No tickets will be sold at the door.

October 29, 2018
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Leadership: In Turbulent Times
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Join us for an evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin. Don't miss the only opportunity in Springfield to hear best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and "America’s Historian-in-Chief” discuss her latest book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times.  Fundraising proceeds from this event to benefit the campaign to secure a "permanent home" for Lincoln's most personal effects.  Registration is required. Purchase tickets here.