Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library opening
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[OCT. 11, 2004]
SPRINGFIELD -- The opening
ceremony for the
Lincoln Presidential Library at Sixth and Jefferson streets in
downtown Springfield will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Gov. Rod
Blagojevich and other dignitaries will participate in the event -- a
deliberately modest program, looking forward to next spring's more
elaborate dedication of the adjacent presidential museum.
The public is encouraged to attend the
opening, for which no reservations are required. In addition,
following the ceremony there will be an open house with public tours
of the new facility until 8 p.m. that day.
A private dedication ceremony for the
Steve Neal Reading Room, named in honor of the late Chicago
Sun-Times columnist and author, will be at 1 p.m.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library will begin regular hours of operation on Friday. It will be
open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. The library will be closed on Sunday and major state holidays.
Historic Preservation Agency news release]