Grand opening of 'Lincoln: History to Hollywood' at presidential
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[January 16, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — "Lincoln: History
to Hollywood," an exhibition of sets, costumes and props from the
Steven Spielberg film "Lincoln," opens Friday at the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum.
The official launch comes at a brief ceremony with state and local
officials at 10:30 a.m. at the museum's Union Station annex.
Ten things to know about the exhibit
1. Steven Spielberg generally doesn't preserve the sets from his
movies. "Lincoln" was special enough to him that he made an
2. The sets, costumes and props are on a long-term loan from
Spielberg and DreamWorks Studios. The state did not have to buy them
or even pay for them to be brought to Springfield. (The moving
expense was covered by the presidential library's foundation.)
3. The office set is closely modeled on an exhibit in the Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Museum. The "Lincoln" production team studied
the museum's presentation of the office before creating their
version for the movie.
4. "Lincoln: History to Hollywood" includes gloves that, in the
movie, were handed to President Lincoln as he was leaving for Ford's
Theatre. He tosses the gloves aside before leaving. In reality,
Lincoln did have gloves with him when he was murdered. The
blood-stained gloves are part of the ALPLM's collection.
5. The exhibit is free for children.
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6. Abraham and Mary Lincoln may get top billing, but their
co-star in this exhibit is Thomas "Tad" Lincoln. The exhibit
contains his tin soldiers, the photographic plates he played with in
the movie, two of his costumes and the rocking chair where President
Lincoln sat with Tad.
7. Most of the furniture pieces in the exhibit are antiques from
the Civil War era, not reproductions.
8. Spielberg has said he wanted the set to re-create Abraham
Lincoln's world as completely as possible, so that the movie cameras
and monitors were the only modern intrusions during filming.
9. Sally Field was approximately 65 when filming the movie. Mary
Lincoln was 47 at the time of the events in the movie.
10. Some costumes for Mary and Tad Lincoln are not on display
yet. They will be rotated in from time to time in coming years.
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]