The Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois and the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum have announced "A
Day in the Life of Abraham Lincoln," a statewide effort to honor
Lincoln through images taken in Illinois communities on Feb. 12, his
"APPI is quite honored to be a part of this
continuing celebration for our nation's most beloved president. We
are very excited to take on the creative challenge of honoring Mr.
Lincoln," said Jill Sanders, immediate past president.
"Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be extensively
photographed, and Lincoln wisely realized that this new visual art
form was an effective way to communicate," said Illinois State
Historian Tom Schwartz of the ALPLM. "It is therefore 'fitting and
proper,' as Lincoln said, to honor his memory with this one-day
On Feb. 12, all participating APPI members will create an image
or images involving a Lincoln theme in their communities. These
images will be compiled at
www.appillinois.com so the public may view these unique tributes
to Illinois' favorite son and the nation's 16th president. The Web
site will include links to the ALPLM and individual photographers'
If sponsors can be secured, these images will also form the basis
for a published book, "A Day in the Life of Abraham Lincoln," which
would be sold through APPI members, APPI and ALPLM Web sites, and
"A Day in the Life of Abraham Lincoln" is a continuation of the
yearlong celebration of Lincoln's 200th birthday. The final day of
the bicentennial celebration is the same as the "Day in the Life"
event -- Lincoln's 201st birthday, Feb. 12, 2010.
Illinois is known as the "Land of Lincoln," and Lincoln spent
more time in this state than any other. He arrived in 1830 as a
21-year-old with few prospects and left in 1861 as the 16th
president of the United States. During his time in Illinois, Lincoln
served in the military during the Black Hawk War; taught himself to
be a lawyer and operated a successful legal practice, arguing cases
before the Illinois and U.S. Supreme Courts; met his wife and had
four children; took part in the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates as a
U.S. Senate candidate; and was elected to local offices, the state
legislature, Congress and the presidency.
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Nearing its 100th anniversary, Associated Professional
Photographers of Illinois is one of this state's oldest photography
trade organizations. Hundreds of APPI members from across the state
are active participants. APPI's main focus is to advance photography
in all of its branches, both as an art and as a profession. Members
strive to create, foster and maintain cordial relations and
cooperation with others in the organization and to freely share
thoughts and opinions. APPI hosts print competitions in the spring
and the fall where each photographer's abilities can be judged
according to national standards, and members may attend seminars
featuring America's top photography speakers to keep up to date with
the latest trends and technologies. Membership is open to all
photographers who wish to adopt and maintain a professional
attitude. For more information about APPI, visit
Combining scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum in downtown Springfield communicates
the amazing life and times of Abraham Lincoln in unforgettable ways.
What really sets the museum apart from every other historical museum
is the scope, creativity and visitor engagement of its displays.
Using advanced technologies normally reserved for theme parks, yet
maintaining rigorous standards of scholarship, the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Museum presents a fully immersive theatrical experience
enabling 21st-century visitors to inhabit Lincoln's life and times.
They encounter historical settings, interactive exhibits and
theatrical special effects that make the history engaging, both
intellectually and emotionally. Rather than duplicate sites
important to Lincoln's life, the museum offers visitors a taste that
encourages them to explore the Lincoln landscape of historic sites
across Illinois and throughout the country. The museum is open daily
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's
Day. The presidential library, for researchers, students and anyone
who wants to investigate any aspect of Illinois history, is open
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit
www.presidentlincoln.org for more information.
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
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the Illinois Historic