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New year means new savings for families visiting Lincoln Presidential Museum

Entire family can visit for just $10 on Sundays in January

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[January 03, 2013]  SPRINGFIELD -- Good news for families looking to save a little money after the holidays: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is offering a bargain admission price every Sunday in January.

Entire families can go to the museum for just $10 on Sundays. Simply go to the museum's Facebook page at and download a coupon. This is a significant savings from the normal admission price of $12 per adult and $6 per child.

The family must consist of at least one parent and can include any number of directly related children. The offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.

January makes a great time to learn about the Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect Jan. 1, 1863 -- 150 years ago. Museum visitors can see an original copy of the proclamation, one of the officially printed commemorative copies that Lincoln signed in full. It's fortunate that the commemorative printing was ordered, because Lincoln's original manuscript was lost in the Chicago Fire of 1871.

In addition, one of the museum's permanent exhibit galleries, "The Tide Turns," features a section on the 13th Amendment, the official act that abolished slavery and the central issue in the recent "Lincoln" film.

Visitors will also find "To Kill and To Heal," an exhibit on the weapons of the Civil War, the wounds they caused, and the work of doctors and nurses to save soldiers' lives. Another museum exhibit showcases Benito Juarez, known as "the Mexican Abraham Lincoln" for his role of leading Mexico through civil war to a more just society.

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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum combines rigorous scholarship and high-tech showmanship to form the nation's most visited presidential complex. The museum features lifelike figures and scenes, special effects, riveting presentations, and "ghosts" to give visitors a better appreciation for Abraham Lincoln's enduring legacy. The library contains more than 13 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history and is one of the nation's leading institutions for genealogy and history research. It includes the world's most impressive collection of original Lincoln materials, more than 52,000 items in all.

For more information about visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum or becoming a member through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, visit

[Text from Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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