fun and games Aug. 19th
Lincoln Presidential Library hosts
‘All-American Picnic’ with games, baseball and ‘Field of Dreams’
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[August 18, 2017]
– The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate
America’s pastime Aug. 19 with an All-American Picnic featuring
baseball-themed crafts, demonstrations of the game as it was played
in its earliest days, and a screening of the classic “Field of
The picnic takes place 6-10 p.m. in Union Square
Park, across the street from the presidential museum.
It’s one of many special events held in conjunction with the
museum’s “Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry” exhibit, a colorful look
at one of the greatest rivalries in sports.
Youth teams and scout troops are encouraged to come as groups. Any
groups that register in advance will get passes to visit the museum
another day. Call 217-588-8844.
“We’re excited about our once-in-a-lifetime ‘Rivalry’ exhibit, and
we want to share that excitement with the rest of the community. We
decided a picnic and a baseball movie under the stars was the
perfect way to celebrate,” said Alan Lowe, executive director of the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
The picnic’s free activities include:
Demonstrations of baseball as it was played when pitching was
underhanded and the distance from home plate to the pitcher was
just 45 feet
Performances of the famous comedy sketch “Who’s on First?”
• A chance for kids to help perform “Casey at the Bat” and other
Baseball-themed games and activities
p.m. screening of the Kevin Costner movie “Field of Dreams.”
(Seating is limited, so bring lawn chairs or blankets.)
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Food and drinks will be for sale at the picnic.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, at 212 N.
Sixth St. in Springfield, is dedicated to telling the story of America’s 16th
president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology.
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, 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.
Right now, the library is hosting a temporary exhibit focusing on baseball in
Illinois, from Little League to the majors.
The museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects and
innovative story-telling techniques to educate visitors. The Illinois Gallery,
which is dedicated to temporary exhibits on many different aspects of state
history, now features “Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry.”
For more information, visit
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library]