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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

January 8, 2020 through March 11, 2020 (Every Wednesday at 10:00am and 1:00pm)
Except Wednesday, February 12 as we will have several Living History Characters in celebration of Mr. Lincoln’s birthday.
"Misinterpreting Mary" Tour
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Our newest guided tour will take guests through the Museum to learn more about Mary Lincoln's life before, during, and after Abraham Lincoln. Our interpreters will lead you in a discussion of Mary's crucial contributions to Lincoln's political career and her influence during the White House years.  You'll also learn about the losses she had to endure throughout her life and how those losses contributed to Mary's behavior – especially in her later years. Was she insane? The answer, much like Mary, is complicated. Ultimately, guests will learn the facts about Mary, hear engaging stories about her life, and ask the question – have they, too, Misinterpreted Mary Lincoln? The tour is included with the price of admission. Advance reservations will not be taken online. Guests may sign up in person or by phone on the day of the tour.


January 28, 2020 (10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
Little Lincoln's Fireside Tales
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Little Lincoln Fireside Tales is a new children's literacy program for our youngest guests. Children 0 to 5 years old (Pre-K) are invited to join us every fourth Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for Little Lincoln Fireside Tales story time, which includes arts and crafts, show and tell, and hands-on, engaging activities. Through the creation of this program, we hope to share Abraham Lincoln's love of books and fondness for story telling by engaging with the community at this free monthly event. To highlight January’s theme of “Snow,” we are reading Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, and Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant. Arts and crafts include making paper snow globes, polar bear ears, and a snow man with their nameThe event and all activities are free of charge, but reservations are required

February 4, 2020 (5:30pm)
How To Use The Library Workshop
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Are you curious about researching at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, but not sure where to begin? Join us for an informative session at which you will learn all about the library, including the types of resources available and what to expect during a research visit. Instruction will be given on finding and requesting library materials to view in our Reading Room. The program is free to attend, but reservations are required.

February 6, 2020 (5:30 p.m.)
Lincoln’s Assassination and its Consequences
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Noted historical reenactor Bob Davis brings to life the words and ideas of prominent abolitionist Frederick Douglas in the aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination as we celebrate Black History Month. Special focus will be given to a series of speeches that Douglas gave in Illinois in the aftermath of President Lincoln’s assassination. These speeches asked timely questions about the direction the Nation would take in the Reconstruction Period. We will see how many of those questions remain relevant decades later in this compelling presentation and discussion. Reservations are required. 


February 12, 2020 (9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Lincoln's Birthday!
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Museum goers will have the opportunity to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for FREE on February 12, 2020 during President Lincoln's Birthday Celebration.

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. 

February 25, 2020 (10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
Little Lincoln's Fireside Tales
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Little Lincoln Fireside Tales is a new children's literacy program for our youngest guests. Children 0 to 5 years old (Pre-K) are invited to join us every fourth Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for Little Lincoln Fireside Tales story time, which includes arts and crafts, show and tell, and hands-on, engaging activities. Through the creation of this program, we hope to share Abraham Lincoln's love of books and fondness for story telling by engaging with the community at this free monthly event. The event and all activities are free of charge, but reservations are required.

February 26, 2020 (5:30pm)
Path to Freedom: How the Abolitionist Movement Helped Establish the Underground Railroad
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Discover how the abolitionist movement in Illinois played an important role in bringing slaves to freedom through the "Underground Railroad"! As part of our celebration of Black History Month, Owen Muelder from the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College will share his knowledge of how the Abolitionist Movement helped the Underground Railroad in becoming the first socially integrated movement in American history. The Anti-slavery Movement and UGRR were very significant in Illinois, and because of its borders with slave states to the South and West a significant number of fugitive slaves sought their freedom by escaping through the Prairie State. The program is free to attend, but reservations are 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. 
Suggested reading: "They Fought Like Demons" by Deanne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook

March 24, 2020 (10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
Little Lincoln's Fireside Tales
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Little Lincoln Fireside Tales is a new children's literacy program for our youngest guests. Children 0 to 5 years old (Pre-K) are invited to join us every fourth Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for Little Lincoln Fireside Tales story time, which includes arts and crafts, show and tell, and hands-on, engaging activities. Through the creation of this program, we hope to share Abraham Lincoln's love of books and fondness for story telling by engaging with the community at this free monthly event. The event and all activities are free of charge, but reservations are required. 

April 2, 2020 (6:30 p.m.)
Iwo Jima & Okinawa: Brutal Combat on the Doorstep of Japan
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
There was only one thing luring American war planners to invade the tiny island of Iwo Jima in February 1945. The island of black volcanic sand was little more than a dot in the midst of the vast Pacific Ocean, but it was only 763 miles from Tokyo, and thus was an ideal spot to land crippled B-29s returning from the Japanese mainland on their way to Tinian Island. Iwo Jima was also a suitable staging area for the next step – Okinawa, a sliver of land only 400 miles south of Japan’s main islands. Join the ALPLM and our oral historian, Dr. Mark DePue, as he combines his military background and historical story telling for a compelling look back at the bloodiest World War II battles fought in the Pacific. Reservations are required.

April 3, 2020 (7:00 p.m.)
Canvas and Cocktails at the Museum
Where:  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Whether enjoying a “date night” or just getting together with friends, you’ll spend a fun-filled evening making your very own work of art. But you won't do it alone. You'll receive expert, one-on-one help from an art instructor with the Springfield Art Association. There will be several different images for you to choose from and all inspired by the museum's newest exhibit, Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America. Maybe it's James Bond's iconic Astor Martin sports car, a Martini glass (shaken, not stirred, of course!), maybe a shadowy figure lurking behind the corner!  S-A-A will provide all the art supplies you'll need and the museum will have complimentary light snacks. Plus, beer, wine, and soft drinks available for purchase as you create your masterpiece.  Outside food and beverages are not allowed.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Event begins at 7:00pm. The museum's newest exhibit, Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America will be open for viewing.  Tickets are $25.00  Purchase tickets here.   

May 14, 2020 (12:00 p.m.) 
Illinois History Forum: Springfield's Railroads- From the Time of Lincoln to the Present
Where: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library 
For over 70 years, the Union Station depot in downtown Springfield served rail passengers coming in and out of Springfield. Learn about the railroads and the trains that served the Capital City. Springfield's Railroads – From the Time of Lincoln to the Present, the latest offering in the Illinois History Forum series, gives railfans and local history fans alike an historical overview of the railroads existing at the time of Lincoln along with Lincoln's relationship with railroads, as well the railroads served by Union Station during its over 70 years as an active rail passenger station, and a brief history of railroads currently operating in the Capitol City. Reservations are not required.