Celebrating Remarkable Women

Free. Register online in advance. (Admission to the Museum is not included with this free session.)

Join the Presidential Library for this exciting youth program as we celebrate Women’s History Month with a twist! The fun takes place in the Multipurpose Room of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Boys and girls alike will have the opportunity to participate in “Speed Dating” sessions with historical actors representing remarkable women of the past (and present) to learn more about their accomplishments.

As part of the event, they will analyze original records created by or about women. Participants conclude by creating a leadership caricature, showing what they hope to accomplish in the future.

Note that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade goes by the Library starting at noon this day. Check out road closures and other parade information.

Path to Freedom: How the Abolitionist Movement Helped Establish the Underground Railroad

As part 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.

Event is free but please register at the link.

Lincoln’s Birthday and Unveiling of Art Contest

Family fun and a free admission day provide the perfect combination for celebrating President Lincoln’s birthday on February 12, 2020 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

History will come to life with visits from President and Mrs. Lincoln as the museum offers a festive setting with musical performances throughout the day. Plus, your children and grandchildren will learn through play with a variety of arts and crafts activities, too.

In addition to the family friendly activities, the ALPLM and the Illinois State Board of Education will announce the winners of a state-wide art contest with the winning entries from Illinois school children going on display in the presidential museum.

Presidential Museum Volunteer Orientation Kick-Off

Anyone who wants to help tell the world about America’s greatest president will get a chance when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum welcomes new volunteers. This one-hour information session will spell out how to join the team that greets visitors, assists at events, helps researchers and much more.

Learn about the volunteer opportunities available and what you need to know about the library and museum.

Volunteers will be asked to attend three additional training sessions: Tuesday, Oct. 8; Tuesday, Oct. 15; and Tuesday, Oct. 22. Each session starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts approximately three hours.

Volunteers contribute an average of 40,000 hours of service each year to the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, making the experience better for those who visit the hugely popular institution.

To register, contact Jeremy Carrell, director of volunteer services at (217) 558-8872.

Talking history at Lincoln Presidential Library

The Illinois History Forum returns to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in 2018 with sessions on Lincoln, Lewis and Clark, Ronald Reagan and Ulysses S. Grant. Topics during the state’s bicentennial year will also include former capital city Vandalia during Lincoln’s time, the history of Springfield’s many colorful signs, and Chicago during the Great Migration.

Lincoln Presidential Museum Exhibit “Holidays at the White House”

See how different presidents celebrated with a new exhibit at Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

From sending formal cards to celebrating in Palm Springs to hanging Abraham Lincoln ornaments, America’s presidents have marked Christmas in ways that reflect their personalities. Those celebrations are the focus of a new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. “Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas.” It features photos and original artifacts from four administrations: Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The special exhibit is free with regular admission to the Lincoln museum.

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