Lincoln museum honors Martin Luther King’s inspiration
Not-for-profit groups can get free
admission to Lincoln Presidential Museum on King’s birthday
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[January 14, 2016]
– The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will offer
free admission to community groups on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King
Day, in thanks for their work to better the lives of others.
This is the third year the presidential library has
marked King’s birthday by holding Community Day. The event will also
let organizations tell the public about their services and give
lower admission prices to families donating basketballs or
volleyballs for youth programs.
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.
Free admission to the presidential museum is meant to honor that
service and to help children appreciate another great American who
prized liberty and equality. Reservations are required and can be
made by calling the Group Tours office at 217-558-8939.
The usual admission price is $15 for adults and $6 for children 5 to
Groups bringing children must have 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 4th grade to high
Informational booths will be located in the museum plaza from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. to highlight area non-profit groups and their
contributions to the community.
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Furthering our commitment to the community, the
Lincoln Presidential Library is also partnering with the Boys &
Girls Clubs of Central Illinois. Every Sunday in January and on
Monday, Jan. 18, entire families can visit the museum for just $10
if they bring a new basketball or volleyball to help the Boys &
Girls Clubs stock their equipment room.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a division of
the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is dedicated to telling
the story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned
scholarship and modern technology.
The library maintains an unparalleled collection of Lincoln
documents, photographs, artifacts and art. It also has some 12
million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history, making
the library one of the nation’s leading institutions for genealogy
and history research.
For more information, visit
[Christopher Wills, Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum]