Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
Museum announces dedication and ticket reservations
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Blagojevich and distinguished guests to participate in the
dedication celebrating Lincoln and unveiling the institution that
honors his legacy
[APRIL 7, 2005]
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich invites the public to join him in
Springfield on April 19 at 10 a.m. for a concert featuring music by
the 312th Army Band and at 11 a.m. for the dedication of the Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Museum. Tickets for the event will be free of
charge and available starting Monday, April 11, through Wednesday,
April 13, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center box office.
"The dedication of the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Museum is an opportunity for all of us to be a part of
living history and honor the life of a Springfield man who later
became one of the America's greatest presidents," Gov. Blagojevich
said. "We should come together to mark the opening of such a
phenomenal and historical institution that will serve as a gateway
for future generations to experience the life of Abraham Lincoln and
in-depth American history."
"On dedication day we open the doors of the presidential museum and
showcase the rich history of Abraham Lincoln and the city of
Springfield to a national audience," said Richard Norton Smith, the
museum's executive director. "The celebration will be a tribute to
the Springfield community and all of the work that went into making
this world-class museum so spectacular."
Dedication tickets will be available
April 11-13 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the box office in the main
lobby at 1 Convention Center Plaza in Springfield. The tickets are
free of charge and required for entry to the dedication. A
government-issued photo ID will be required for ticket pickup.
Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis,
with a limit of two tickets per person. A limited number of tickets
may also be available during dedication weekend, and any additional
ticket information will be forthcoming.
Dedication shuttle service:
There will be no parking near the presidential museum on dedication
day. A free dedication shuttle bus system will run from the Illinois
State Fairgrounds beginning at 7 a.m. on dedication morning and
continuing until 7 p.m. Everyone planning to attend the dedication
should plan to arrive early and use this free service.
Security procedures will be enhanced
for the protection of all participants and guests. Metal detectors
may be used and all bags are subject to search. Backpacks and other
luggage are prohibited. Please allow enough time for standard
A full schedule of the official
dedication celebration events for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Saturday, April 16
-- 10 a.m.-9 p.m., downtown Springfield from the Old State Capitol
to Lincoln's family home neighborhood to the museum. A two-day
celebration featuring living history, music, theater troupes,
choirs, folk dancers and artists from across the country.
-- 10 a.m.-9 p.m., along Washington Street, north of the Old State
Capitol. A food festival featuring cuisine from Springfield area
-- 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with paid admission.
2005 Presidential Race
-- 8:30 a.m.
- Looking for Lincoln block party
-- 10 a.m.-9
Day two of culinary court
-- 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Interfaith service of
thanksgiving for the life of Abraham Lincoln --
2 p.m., Union Square Park. In case of rainout, the service will be
in the Prairie Capital Convention Center.
Scholarly conference, "Lincoln
in the Twenty-First Century"
-- all day, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. This two-day
conference will examine everything from Lincoln's attitude toward
race and his domestic life to his wartime leadership and
assassination. The conference will conclude at 3:30 p.m. on the
April 18 with a panel hosted by C-SPAN's Brian Lamb and featuring
three generations of the world's foremost Lincoln scholars: David
Herbert Donald, Harold Holzer, Matthew Pinsker and David Gergen.
(This conference is sold out.)
- Day two of Looking for Lincoln
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-- 6:30 p.m., Old Train Depot to Union Square Park and the
Outdoor concert, fireworks and
laser spectacular -- 8
p.m., Union Square Park. Musical accompaniment by the 312th Army
-- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., with paid admission
- Recreation of Lincoln's Farewell
Address, followed by a torchlight parade
-- 7:30 a.m., Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. This breakfast
will feature an outlook to the year 2009 and progress reports from
the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. (This event is sold
Day two of scholarly conference,
"Lincoln in the Twenty-First Century"
-- all day, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. (This conference
is sold out.)
Recreated Lincoln White House
state dinner -- 6:30 p.m.,
Renaissance Hotel for cocktail hour and event registration. The
dinner has been moved to the Prairie Capital Convention Center in
Springfield. This fundraiser for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library Foundation will feature a Lincoln-era menu and
19th-century music courtesy of the 312th Army Band. The first
David Herbert Donald Prize for excellence in Lincoln studies will
be presented to its namesake, the author of the definitive
one-volume Lincoln biography. Tickets are $500 per person and
benefit the foundation.
- Breakfast sponsored by the
Abraham Lincoln Association
-- 10 a.m., outdoor concert by the 312th Army Band, followed by
the official dedication ceremony to begin at 11 a.m., Union Square
Park. Gov. Blagojevich and other prominent figures will speak at
this hour-long event signaling the official opening of the museum.
Additionally, the winner of a student essay contest sponsored by
the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and C-SPAN
will read his or her modern-day version of the Gettysburg Address
to the crowd.
The museum's grand opening will
follow the dedication, giving the public the opportunity to
experience firsthand the museum's 40,000 square feet of permanent
exhibits -- twice the size of any other presidential museum.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum will be open to the public
on April 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission will be
charged. The museum will reopen on April 19, immediately following
the dedication, at no charge.
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