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'Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America' exhibit to visit Springfield Tuesday-Thursday

One-of-a-kind mobile exhibit is touring the nation in honor of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial

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[May 19, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- Abraham Lincoln's moving legacy is coming to Springfield.

ChiropracticThe "Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America" mobile museum exhibit developed by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will stop along Monroe Street just north of the state Capitol from Tuesday to Thursday and people are encouraged to visit free of charge. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday will open the exhibit, which may be visited until 4 p.m. that day. The exhibit will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

"Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America" is traveling the United States the next two years to inspire visitors with the story of Lincoln's life and accomplishments. The only exhibit of its type in the country, the mobile museum uses an engaging mixture of interactive elements, graphics, facsimile documents and artifacts inside a 53-foot long, double expandable trailer to commemorate the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial.


The exhibition examines Lincoln's life from his poor beginnings to his ascension to the presidency and his assassination. Highlights include a visual recreation of Lincoln's 1861 Farewell Address from a train car in Springfield as he left for the White House, and the award-winning "The Civil War in Four Minutes" video presentation.

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The "Self-Made in America" mobile exhibit was funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Bureau of Tourism, with corporate sponsorships being sought. It was developed by Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum curators and historians working in concert with Mobility Resource Associates, a Michigan-based leader in creating custom mobile exhibition tours. The exhibit debuted April 27 at the American Association of Museums Convention in Denver and is visiting key bicentennial events through August 2010, as well as the 2008 national political conventions, major sporting events, elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and other venues.

For up-to-the-minute tour dates and locations, additional information about the mobile exhibit, or to learn more about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, visit For tour sponsorship information, contact

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


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