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.

Illinois History Forum: The Life of Albert Cashier

In the Presidential Library’s Multipurpose Room. Free Event.

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.

Suggested reading: “They Fought Like Demons” by Deanne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook.

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.

Tales from the Vault – Love and Romance

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.

Lincoln’s Assassination and its Consequences

Free but please reserve your seat at the link below.

Prominent abolitionist Frederick Douglas gave a series of speeches in Illinois in the aftermath of President Lincoln’s assassination that ask timely questions about the direction the Nation will take into the Reconstruction Period. Many of those questions remain relevant decades later in a compelling presentation and discussion with historical reenactor Bob Davis.

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.

More Speech: A Conversation about the First Amendment

Controversial speech, inflammatory cartoons, edgy social media posts — for more than 200 years, First Amendment issues have influenced art and civic life. Join us to hear historian Christian McWhirter discuss the free-speech issues that Abraham Lincoln faced at 5:45 pm. Followed by a panel discussion on freedom of speech and expression. Moderated by former WGN anchor Robert Jordan, “More Speech: A Conversation about the First Amendment” will feature the diverse perspectives of artists, journalists, historians, librarians, legal professionals, and civic leaders.

This free event, a livestream of a discussion at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago, is offered in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Library Association and the Illinois Library Association.

Free; no registrations required.

Spooktacular Evening with Abe

Creepy characters will take over the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for the annual “Spooktacular Evening with Abe,” a night of games, stories and costumes to welcome the Halloween season.

People of all ages can enjoy historical characters “haunting” the museum, special eerie lighting and music, and spooky storytelling in Union Theater.

There are also crafts and games, prizes, a DJ and a photo booth.

Refreshments will be provided, and the Museum gift shop will be open during the evening.

The event is free for members of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. For others, it’s just $10 for the whole family. To become a Foundation member, visit www.alplm.org.

Make your reservation by visiting www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov and clicking on “special event reservations.” Tickets will NOT be sold at the door on the evening of the event. For more information, call (217) 557-5589.

Children must be accompanied by adults, and adults in costume are asked not to wear masks or hoods.

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