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article imageVisiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Special

By Kay Mathews     May 16, 2011 in Travel
Springfield - The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois is an “unrivaled destination,” particularly on the 150th anniversary of America’s Civil War.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) is a 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art complex in Springfield, IL. The complex is complemented by a meticulously restored Union Station Visitor Center and Park.
It is here that you can learn more about Lincoln’s childhood, family, path to the Presidency, and the time in America’s history that defined the country and his presidency.
Lincoln Museum Campus
The museum campus is comprised of the Union Station Tourist Information Center, Union Square Park, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, along with a museum parking garage.
Union Square Park is a wonderful open space that provides areas for walking, playing, and picnicking. Within Union Square Park can be found “Acts of Intolerance” which is a commemorative sculpture of two charred chimneys rising from the smoldering rubble of burned-out buildings. An old photograph served as the inspiration for acclaimed artist Preston Jackson to sculpt a commemorative of the brutal Springfield Race Riot of 1908.
 Acts of Intolerance  sculpture in Union Square Park.  Springfield  IL
"Acts of Intolerance" sculpture in Union Square Park. Springfield, IL
Also located in the park is a statue of Abraham Lincoln. Inscribed at the base of the Lincoln statue is this quote called “A Greater Task”:
Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the People? Is there any better of equal hope, in the world? Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861.
Lincoln statue in Union Square Park with Union Station in the background across from Abraham Lincoln...
Lincoln statue in Union Square Park with Union Station in the background across from Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Springfield, IL
Museum and Library
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum as seen from Union Square Park.  Springfield  IL
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum as seen from Union Square Park. Springfield, IL
The Museum is divided into a number of thematic and audio-visual sections including The Journey: Pre-Presidential Years, The Union Theater, The Journey: The White House Years, Treasures Gallery, and Ghosts of the Library Holavision Theater.
Central Plaza of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.  Springfield  IL
Central Plaza of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Springfield, IL
A reproduction of the Lincoln Cabin is featured at the Museum. It was there, in a one-room, dirt-floored cabin in Hodgenville, KY, that Lincoln was born on Feb. 12, 1809.
Lincoln Cabin at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  Springfield  IL
Lincoln Cabin at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Springfield, IL
In what the museum describes as “its one-of-a-kind temporary exhibition,” visitors can view the images, artifacts, and audio-visual presentations that compose “TEAM OF RIVALS: Lincoln’s Cabinet at the Crossroads of War.”
Team of Rivals exhibition at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  Springfield  IL
Team of Rivals exhibition at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Springfield, IL
Lincoln’s “team of rivals,” those who Lincoln included in his cabinet - all his major rivals for the 1860 Republican Presidential nomination were: Edwin M. Stanton, Caleb B. Smith, Montgomery Blair, Gideon Welles, Edward Bates, Salmon P. Chase, and William H. Seward. This Civil War sesquicentennial exhibition will continue until Jan. 16, 2012.
Lincoln scholars, historians, and the public in general will appreciate the Presidential Library. According to the ALPLM, “the Library is a public, non-circulating research facility that contains material on all aspects of Illinois' history. Particularly noteworthy are the Library's holdings in published resources, manuscripts, newspapers, audiovisual, and Lincolniana.”
Museum Store
The Museum Store, located at the entrance/exit of the Museum, is a treasure trove of Lincoln memorabilia from replica’s of items in the artifact collection, to books, home décor, apparel, and many more period-related gifts or souvenirs of the visit.
Books  photographs  mugs  videos and other items for sale at the Museum Store.  Abraham Lincoln Pres...
Books, photographs, mugs, videos and other items for sale at the Museum Store. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Springfield, IL
Gift items at the Museum Store.  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  Springfield  IL
Gift items at the Museum Store. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Springfield, IL
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is an “unrivaled destination,” and certainly even more so on this 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The Museum is located at 212 No. Sixth Street in Springfield, IL and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.  Springfield  IL
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Springfield, IL
The Museum’s admission fees range from no charge for children under 5 to $12 for adults. The Library is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 1-800-610-2094 or visit this website.
Note: Photography is not permitted within the Museum's exhibitions or theaters.
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