renovated Union Station to open to the public on Monday
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Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum announces new operating
[March 17, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to announce that on
Monday the newly restored Union Station in downtown Springfield will
be open to the public, completing the ALPLM complex. The opening
follows a $12.5 million project that returned the building to its
original 1898 appearance. Union Station will be a visitor center and
provide office and program space for the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Museum and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Foundation. A formal dedication of the building will be announced at
a later date.
In addition, the ALPLM has announced new operating hours for the
library and museum. Effective May 1, the museum and library will
eliminate the extended Wednesday evening hours and extend the
library's daily operating hours. Both the museum and library will be
open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"In just two years, and over 1 million visitors later, the museum
continues to be a top destination for folks across the country and
around the world," said Rick Beard, executive director of the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
"As we gear up for what is sure to be a busy summer season,
eliminating the extended hours on Wednesday will provide additional
time for general museum upkeep and maintenance. We do anticipate
that on certain occasions, especially when we present evening
programs in the new Union Square Park, that the museum will be open
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The library's public hours have been extended to be consistent
with the museum's daily operating hours and to provide an
opportunity for the public to view temporary exhibits on display.
With the Union Station opening Monday, the new complex hours will
allow a seamless visitor experience offering 9-5 daily hours for all
three buildings. The change in hours is expected to save the ALPLM
an estimated $50,000 annually in operating expenses and will not
On Jan. 6, the ALPLM welcomed its 1 millionth visitor in less
than two years since opening. It is believed to be the fastest
record set by any presidential museum. As of March 5, the museum has
greeted 1,027,739 visitors.
Currently on exhibit in the museum's Illinois Gallery is "Tales
from the Crypt: A History of the Lincoln Tomb" which runs though
March 25. The museum's next scheduled temporary exhibit is "Mary
Todd Lincoln: First Lady of Controversy," which runs April 28-Oct.
[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum]