Member Preview – Illinois Boys in Blue Part 4: In Memory of Heroes
May 22, 2014
Part 4 of 4, original photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, artifacts and broadsides will highlight the Grand Army of the Republic, which was founded in Central Illinois; Confederates and Copperheads; nurses; what became of some of the soldiers after the Civil War; and the Lincoln Funeral March. You will also meet the Civil War ancestors of the staff of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. In addition, a listening station will be available for visitors to hear recorded Civil War sheet music.
Library, 3–5 pm. Open house format. Refreshments served.
Regular Library hours Mon.–Fri. 9–5
Free; reservations required. Call (217) 557-5589 or email email@example.com
Illinois Boys in Blue Part 3: When Will This Cruel War Be Over?
Open Now - April 2014
Part 3 of 4, this exhibit highlights the Emancipation Proclamation; the Battle of Vicksburg; immigrants who served in Illinois regiments; prisons; and Ulysses S. Grant with images from the “Boys in Blue” and related Civil War Library collections.
Library, open Mon.–Fri. 9–5
Lincoln: From History to Hollywood Exhibit Now Open
See sets from the Academy-Award-winning film including Lincoln’s office and a vignette of Mary Lincoln’s bedroom. The costumes include a selection of Mary Lincoln’s dresses (which will change annually), Lincoln’s suit, and a uniform worn by their son Tad. Props in the exhibit include the stethoscope used in the scene of Lincoln’s death and gloves worn by Daniel Day-Lewis as he portrayed Lincoln. The sets and costumes are on loan from Spielberg and DreamWorks Studios.
Union Station, across from the Museum
Tickets : Adults $5.00; Children FREE when accompanied by paid adult
“Full Experience” Package $15.00, includes tickets to Museum AND Movie Exhibit (Regular Museum admission price + $3)
Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage
Now through August 31, 2014
Unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits for magazines and advertising clients, the photographs in this exhibition were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject. Several Lincoln artifacts are included such as Lincoln’s hat and bloody gloves.
Museum, Illinois Gallery
Lectures and Book Signings
Music of the Civil War
April 23, 2014
Music was everywhere during the Civil War – at public events, in the home and even on the battlefield. Robert E. Lee once said he couldn’t have an army without music.
Author and scholar Christian McWhirter will explore the impact of music during the war on Wednesday, April 23, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The Springfield resident will also sign copies of his book Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War.
Book Signing at 6:00 pm; Presentation at 6:30 pm; Union Theater
Free; reservations required.
For reservations, call (217) 558-8934 or visit http://bit.ly/McWhirter-Tix
Presentation by Mark DePue: The Battles of Wilderness and Spotsylvania
May 8, 2014
Museum opens at 6 pm; presentation at 6:30 pm, Union Theater
Museum galleries and journeys open.
Free; reservations required. Call (217) 558-8934 or visit www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov and click on "special event tickets."
April 9, 14, 15, 17, 18, and 19, 2014
One of the most popular theater offerings at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, the play One Destiny, is back for six upcoming performances. Richard Hellesen’s play takes place in the days after the assassination of President Lincoln in April 1865. Harry Hawk – the actor who was performing onstage when the president was shot – revisits the night of April 14 with Harry Ford, the theater manager. Two actors portray several characters during the course of the 35-minute performance. The cast features Jeremy Goeckner and Nathan Peak.
“This is a fast-paced, forty-minute play that is geared for all-ages,” says Phil Funkenbusch, director of the Shows Division. “It’s been a favorite with our audiences and we’re glad to have the opportunity to stage the show for the coming season.” A Q&A session takes place after each performance.
1:30 pm, Union Theater
Free to Members (Museum Admission required for non-Members)
Free tickets distributed outside Union Theater in the Museum Plaza beginning at 11:30 am
Reliving a musical moment in history
April 26, 2014
Seventy-five years ago today, Marian Anderson performed a concert that defied racism and inspired millions of people fighting for civil rights. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is proud to announce it will present a tribute to that historic concert on April 26.
In “The Concert that Shook the Establishment,” singer Ollie Watts Davis will perform the same stirring songs that Anderson performed at the Lincoln Memorial. The event promises today’s audiences a look back at a legendary concert.
7:30 pm, Plaza
$10 to Members; $12 for non-Members; Children are free
For tickets: Visit http://bit.ly/Davis-Tix
"The Civil War" Musical
July 24-27, 2014
The powerful musical presentation that performed to thousands in 2008 & 2009 returns to the outdoor stage in front of Springfield’s historic Union Station for four performances. Based on the book by Frank Wildhorn, Gregory Boyd, Jack Murphy; music by Frank Wildhorn.
8 pm, Outdoors under the stars in Union Square Park (across from the Museum)
Tickets on sale May 19: $10.00 for Members; $12.00 for non-Members (Chair Seating); $5.00 for Lawn & Blanket Seating
For tickets: Call (217) 558-8934 or visit www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov and click on "special event tickets."