Lincoln's birthday month brings last chance for free field trips to
presidential museum this school year
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[January 10, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- The month of
February brings Abraham Lincoln's birthday, along with the final
chance for school groups to make free visits to the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Museum during the 2012-2013 school year.
School groups can visit the world-renowned museum free of charge in
January and February, before a charge of $4 per student takes effect
during the busy months of March through May. A February visit also
means groups avoid the large crowds that fill the museum in the
traditional field-trip months.
All presidential museum field trips
are booked through the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau at
Group-Travel/Youth-Tours. Additional information is available by
calling the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 217- 789-2360. If the
weather becomes an issue on the day of a scheduled field trip,
organizers can simply call the presidential museum at 217-558-8939
Regular admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is
$12 for adults and $6 for children ages 5-15.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum uses a combination of
rigorous scholarship and high-tech showmanship to immerse visitors
in the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Students can see "ghosts"
come to life on stage, watch TV coverage of the 1860 presidential
election, roam through the Lincoln White House, experience booming
cannons in a Civil War battle and come face to face with priceless
original Lincoln artifacts.
The museum's "To Kill and To Heal" exhibit explains the weapons
of the Civil War, the damage they did and the extraordinary efforts
of doctors and nurses to save the injured. Another temporary exhibit
explores the life of Mexican President Benito Juarez, the man often
dubbed "the Mexican Lincoln."
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The Emancipation Proclamation just turned 150 years old, and the
museum is displaying a rare copy of the proclamation until Jan. 23.
After that, Lincoln's famed stovepipe hat goes back on display.
While visiting the presidential museum, students can get up close
and personal with Illinois Civil War history through an exhibit
scavenger hunt in the adjacent presidential library, which is
presenting the Civil War exhibit "Boys in Blue." All teachers
visiting with school groups receive a free teacher packet to help
bring the museum experience back to their classrooms.
For more information about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum, visit
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
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