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Calendar of Events

EXHIBITS
 

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.   







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.

WE ARE ALSO HAPPY TO PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING DISCOUNT TO MILITARY PERSONNEL AND THEIR FAMILIES.
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. 
  


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.
 







CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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, Independent 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 3, 2019 (6:30 p.m.)
An Evening with Hershel 'Woody' Williams
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum cordially invite you to an evening with sole surviving Battle of Iwo Jima, Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel 'Woody' Williams, in conversation with Dr. Mark DePue.

Fundraising proceeds from this event support the campaign to secure a  “permanent home” for the Lincolniana collection.

Ticket Donation Information

(Limited Tickets available! Ticket Donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law.)

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

$1,000 - BENEFACTOR (benefits listed below)

 -Dinner & Cocktails with Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sangamo Club 
 -Reception - 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Museum Plaza 
 -Presentation (PREMIER Seating included) - 7:15 p.m. - 8 p.m., Museum Union Theater
 -Photo w/Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams - 8:00-8:30 p.m., WWII Exhibit

$200 - SUPPORTER (benefits listed below)
 -Reception - 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Museum Plaza
 -Presentation (RESERVED Seating included) - 7:15 p.m. - 8 p.m., Museum Union Theater

$50 - GENERAL ADMIT (benefits listed below)
 -Presentation (General Seating included) - 7:15 p.m. - 8 p.m., Museum Union Theater

More about ‘Woody’ . . .
Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams was born on a dairy farm in 1923 in Quiet Dell, West Virginia. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Battle of Iwo Jima with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division. During the battle, Mr. Williams displayed “valiant devotion to duty” and service above self as he “enabled his company to reach its objective”. For his actions and heroism, President Harry S. Truman presented the Medal of Honor to him in a White House ceremony on October 5th, 1945. Williams is the sole surviving Marine from WWII, to wear the Medal of Honor.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and participation! For more information please call 217-557-6251 or email ksullivan@alplm.org.  

December 12, 2019 (12:00 p.m.)
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.

January 9, 2020 (12:00 p.m.)
Illinois History Forum: Looking for Lincoln
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Join Sarah Watson, the executive director of the “Looking for Lincoln” project, as she takes you on a journey of the 43-county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. You’ll learn how the project helps to tell the story of Lincoln's almost 30 years in Illinois in communities where Lincoln worked, traveled, and lived. Bring your lunch to this free discussion at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.  Reservations are not required.

February 13, 2020 (12:00 p.m.)
Tales from the Vault: Love and Romance
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Join ALPLM manuscripts curator Christopher Schnell to explore and discuss changing attitudes about love, romance, dating, and relationships using textual material from the 19th and 20th centuries. The audience will be invited to view up close rare items from library collections such as saucy poetry and love letters from the 1850s, diary entries of lonely Civil War-era singles, machine-made Victorian Valentine’s Day cards, and vinegar Valentine’s from the roaring ‘20s. Reservations are not required.

March 12, 2020 (12:00 p.m.)
Illinois History Forum: The Life of Albert Cashier
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Join “Team Cashier”, a dedicated group of history buffs, in discovering the life story of Albert Cashier. Born as Jennie Hodges, Cashier took on the identity of a man before enlisting and serving in the Union Army during the civil war. Learn about Cashier’s time in the Army and how his gender identity impacted his life following the war. Bring your lunch to this free discussion at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Reservations are not required.