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Presidential museum offers holiday gift ideas

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[December 03, 2009]  SPRINGFIELD -- You can now put the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in holiday stockings this year and give that special someone a chance at winning a one-of-a-kind prize by doing so.

"Bicentennial Bucks," sold in stacks of $25 increments at the museum ticket counter, are $1 coupons that may be used for admission, gift shop merchandise or food items in the cafe. They may also be ordered by phone at 217-558-8939 and are valid through Dec. 31, 2010.

The back of each Bicentennial Buck includes an entry form, and when the back is filled out, each enters the spender in prize drawings that will occur through 2010. The grand prize to be awarded at the end of 2010 is a "Night at the Museum," a lavish party for up to 200 guests, including hors d'oeuvres and nonalcoholic beverages, that is valued at $2,000. Other prizes will be awarded periodically through Dec. 31, 2010. People can also enter the prize drawing without a purchase by obtaining an entry form at the museum ticket counter.

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Gift certificates are another holiday giving idea and may be used to cover admission fees for that special person on your list who likes to visit the museum. Gift certificates can be purchased in any amount at the museum ticket counter or by calling 217-558-8939. Museum admission prices are $10 for adults ages 16 to 61; $7 for senior citizens 62 years of age and over, military personnel with ID and students with ID; and $4 for children ages 5-15. Children 4 and under are admitted free.

Shoppers can visit the gift shop at the museum without paying museum admission. The shop has a wealth of great gift ideas, including books, toys, fine china and jewelry, Civil War items, and other one-of-a-kind items to delight people of all ages. Visit for more information about limited-time free shipping of online orders and the final new Lincoln Bicentennial penny, which will be available after Dec. 4.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]


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