Lincoln and the World

SPRINGFIELD – From routine diplomatic matters to delicate negotiations that might change the course of the Civil War, foreign affairs played a major role in Lincoln’s presidency. 

The next “Tales from the Vault” event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will dig into Lincoln’s foreign policy and display related treasures from our 

The free event at noon on Aug. 8 features Lincoln’s personal copy of a book about American expeditions to Japan, an English political cartoon mocking Lincoln, his order approving a treaty with Belgium and a swan feather from Queen Victoria in honor of the slain president.

Alan Lowe, the presidential library’s executive director, will speak about Lincoln’s involvement with other nations, particularly the maneuvering to keep important countries from recognizing the would-be Confederate States of America. Lowe will also discuss how Lincoln’s ideas reverberated around the world, both then and now.

“Tales from the Vault,” presented in conjunction with the Illinois State Museum, takes place at noon Wednesday at the presidential library (112 N. Sixth St., Springfield). The event is free.

The presidential library and museum uses a combination of rigorous scholarship and high-tech showmanship to immerse visitors in the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Visitors can see ghosts come to life on stage, watch TV coverage of the 1860 presidential election, roam through the Lincoln White House, experience booming cannons in a Civil War battle and come face to face with priceless original Lincoln artifacts.

The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents, photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history. 

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