Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library sets record pace
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200,000th visitor welcomed at museum
[JULY 20, 2005]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Museum welcomed its 200,000th visitor Monday, a day short of three
months since its April 19 dedication.
James E. Adams of Bloomington was visiting the museum with his
mother, Phillis Adams of Naples, Fla., when officials surprised them
with the news.
"This world-class museum continues to exceed
expectations," said Gov. Rod Blagojevich. "Welcoming the 200,000th
visitor just three months after the dedication demonstrates how
interest in the museum continues to grow, attracting visitors to
Springfield from across the country and the world."
The Adamses received a gift bag that included museum store items
donated by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.
"I said the Lincoln Presidential Museum wouldn't only preserve
history, it would make history," said Richard Norton Smith, the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum director. "Today we
have -- reaching 200,000 visitors faster than any other presidential
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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is a state-of-the-art
facility that immerses visitors in Lincoln's life and times through
lifelike displays, two special effects theaters and innovative
presentations. It is located at Sixth and Jefferson streets in
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Presidential Library and Museum news release]