Lincoln Presidential Museum to mark King's birthday with free
admission for community groups
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[January 07, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will thank community groups
striving to better the lives of children by giving them free
admission on Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Day.
Dr. King once said, "Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can
be great because greatness is determined by service." Each year,
thousands upon thousands of Illinoisans turn that philosophy into
action by joining groups to improve education, clean up
neighborhoods, help the needy and much more.
To honor that
service, and to help children appreciate another great American who
prized liberty and equality, community organizations can bring
groups of children to the Lincoln Presidential Museum at no charge
on the King holiday. Reservations are required.
"Dr. King encouraged everyone to do their part in making America
a better place," said Gov. Pat Quinn. "Community groups that follow
his example deserve our admiration, and the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum is proud to offer them a little bit
of help by making a visit more affordable."
The usual admission price is $6 for children age 5-15 and $12 for
adults and older teens.
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"We support the movement to make Dr. King's birthday 'a day ON,
not a day off,' said Amy Martin, director of the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency, which operates the presidential library and
museum. "Educating children about a fascinating figure in American
history is a great way to achieve that goal."
The groups must consist of 15 or more people, with one adult
chaperone for every 10 children. (Extra chaperones above that ratio
will have to pay for their tickets.) The children can range in age
from fourth grade to high school seniors.
Groups must make reservations through the Springfield Convention
and Visitors Bureau at 800-545-7300 or
www.visit-springfieldillinois.com. In addition, they'll need to
provide a letter confirming they are organized and operated for
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]