Free opportunities for fun and education
birthday month brings last chance for free field trips to
presidential museum this school year
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[January 30, 2014]
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 Library and Museum during the 2013-2014 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
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 to cancel.
The museum's "Lincoln: History to Hollywood" exhibit, featuring
sets, props and costumes from the Steven Spielberg film "Lincoln,"
is currently on display across the street at historic Union Station.
In addition, an exhibit from world-famous photographer Annie
Leibovitz opens on Feb. 8. "Pilgrimage" sees Leibovitz focusing her
lens on landscapes that captured her imagination: Niagara Falls,
Yellowstone National Park, a New Mexico mesa. Visitors can also
scrutinize her close-ups of objects like Emily Dickinson's only
surviving dress, Elvis Presley's motorcycle and a bullet hole put in
a target by Annie Oakley.
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Abraham Lincoln plays a major role in "Pilgrimage." Leibovitz
photographed the stovepipe hat and gloves Lincoln had with him on
the night of his assassination, as well as a handwritten copy of the
Gettysburg Address, photographic negatives of Lincoln and the
Lincoln Memorial. Her photos of the bloodstained gloves were taken
at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
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.
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
file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]