Lincoln Heritage Museum opening highlights value of Lincoln College
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The highly respected Lincoln
Heritage Museum reopens in its new location on April 26. Starting at
10 a.m., officials will welcome historians, elected officials,
college alumni, friends and others to the central Illinois campus.
The grand opening of the new Lincoln Heritage Museum offers visitors
new insight and lessons from the life of Abraham Lincoln and
highlights the outstanding experience found at Lincoln College.
The museum features on its first floor a layout of more traditional
museum exhibits of Lincoln artifacts, including history specific to
the area. On the second floor, the tour features state-of-the-art
audio and video that walks backward through Lincoln's life,
beginning with the tragic events at Ford's Theatre.
The opening ceremony will feature:
original music composed specifically for the opening by LC jazz
Brief remarks by
museum director Ron Keller, Lincoln College President John
Blackburn and LC trustee Dan Weinberg.
ribbon-cutting followed by museum walk-throughs at no charge for
visitors in the morning.
LC fine arts students and other
performers appearing in costume for living history
Timed tours of the second-floor gallery will be offered in the
afternoon at the reduced fee of $2 for adults and $1 for children
and seniors. Visitors are asked to allow an hour for the morning
walk-through and at least 90 minutes for the afternoon timed tour,
with limited tickets available for the afternoon.
Lincoln College worked with the extremely talented Taylor Studios
in Rantoul to design the new museum, housed on campus in the new
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"It is so exciting to see the fruits of our hard work these last
few years, and we are eager to show everyone this special
experience," Keller said. "Our goal is to distinguish the Lincoln
Heritage Museum from the others honoring our 16th president by
encouraging our visitors not only to enjoy the creative, high-tech
ways we are presenting his life, but to better understand how each
stage of his life — his victories and failures — shaped
him into such a special person and how these lessons can be applied
in each of our lives."
LC administrators hope the Heritage Museum will reflect on the
dedication and talent of Ron Keller and his staff and the college's
commitment to offer a unique educational experience.
"At Lincoln College we want every student to have an outstanding
college experience, and the Lincoln Heritage Museum will play a
vital role in that mission," said Blackburn. "We are excited to
showcase the museum's great treasures and stories and to connect
those things with our academic programs and campus life. The museum
will provide opportunities for students from many backgrounds to
shape their own success stories through Lincoln College."
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