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Presidential Library and Museum to host American Girl Author, Fashion Show April 25-26

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[March 01, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- The greatest American president meets the American Girl.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will host a book signing by American Girl "Addy" series author Connie Rose Porter on April 26 in conjunction with an American Girl Fashion Show and Gala on April 25. The Saturday book reading and signing costs $15 for adults and $10 for children, while prices for the Fashion Show and Gala are $75 each, which includes dinner and admission to Saturday's book reading and signing. Tickets went on sale Friday and may be purchased at or by calling 217-558-8934.

Connie Rose Porter, author of the "Addy" novels in the American Girls series, will read from her books and sign autographs on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Presidential Library. Books may be purchased on-site from Barnes & Noble. More than 3 million copies of Porter's American Girls series books have been sold, and she has also written "All Bright Court" and "Imani All Mine."

The American Girl Fashion Show and Gala begins at 7 p.m. April 25 in the plaza of the presidential museum. The evening will include dinner and a fashion show for girls and their dolls. A doll hair salon, American Girl souvenirs and keepsake photos will be available at additional cost.

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The American Girl line is a collection of historical 18-inch dolls that have books and accessories. The fictional American Girl heroines -- who each start their series around the age of 9 and turn 10 in the middle -- live during important times in America's past, providing "girl-sized" views of significant events that helped shape the United States.

Proceeds from the American Girl events will benefit the Children's Miracle Network of Springfield, which supports the work and mission of St. John's Children's Hospital. Both organizations are co-sponsors of the April 25 and 26 events.

For more information on these or other planned events at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, visit

[Text from Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum news release received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]

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