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“The Rivalry: Cubs vs. Cardinals”
Cubs or Cardinals? We have them both! Get your head in the game, and come to the museum to explore the history of the rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball teams. Both clubhouses have donated artifacts that will be displayed through the end of the year. Exhibit sponsored in part by Anheuser Busch.
Museum, Illinois Gallery
“America's Game in Illinois” Exhibit
Opening June 9, 2017
As a companion to “The Rivalry,” this exhibit consists of items related to Illinois’s rich baseball history, all from the ALPLM’s own collection. The exhibit includes rare photographs and programs from the Cubs and White Sox, late 19th and early 20th century amateur team photos, an 1865 baseball trophy from Rockford, a 1913 baseball board game, and an 1860 document about how several of Lincoln’s friends formed a club here in Springfield “for the purposes of playing ball.”
Library, 2nd floor
Lincoln: From History to Hollywood Exhibit
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)
Lectures and Book Signings
Illinois History Forum
A rotating group of moderators will lead discussions on books, films and exhibits on topics from Illinois’ past.
September 14, 2017; 12–1 p.m—Mother Jones: Film Discussion on “Mother Jones: America’s Most Dangerous Woman;” Moderator: Public historian Devin Hunter, University of Illinois-Springfield
Multipurpose Room, Library
WILL TV/Ken Burns's War Series
September 14, 2017; 6:30 pm
Please join us as we preview Ken Burns’ latest documentary, a 10-part series on the Vietnam War. ALPL and WILL TV/Illinois Public Media will co-host the event, showing a portion of the documentary and discuss it with Vietnam-era veterans and the audience. Historian Mark DePue will serve as moderator.
Updated! Ron White Book Signing & Discussion
September 21, 2017; Signing at 6 pm; discussion at 6:30 pm
Author Ron White will be presenting his newly published book on President Grant.
Museum, Union Theater
Reservations required: Call (217) 558-8844 or visit www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov and click on “special events tickets.”
History Comes Live! Music in the Plaza
Various Saturdays, 11 am
July 15, 11 am—33rd Illinois Vol. Regiment Band
FREE; Museum admission required.
7th Inning Stretch
Put your love of baseball to the test with hands-on activities and games every month. Take part in family friendly programming based on a different theme each month.
"Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary" Walking Tour
Tuesdays, June through August 2017, 10 am and 1:30 pm
A one-hour downtown walking tour encompassing Abe and Mary’s turbulent relationship, from a failed engagement to becoming President and First Lady. Along the way, discover the places and people that helped their relationship blossom, and occasionally drove them apart.
Begins at Museum Information Desk
Free; reservations are required. Call (217) 558-8844 or visit www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov and click on “special events tickets.”
August 19, 2017; 6 pm
Food, games, activities, and the movie “Field of Dreams” in the park.
Union Square Park (across from the Museum)
Save the Date! 6th Annual Spooktacular Evening with Abe
October 21, 2017; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Spooky fun for the whole family! Stay tuned for details!
Updated! Mascot Day
December 16, 2017
Join in the fun of being a mascot in honor of “The Rivalry” exhibit in the Illinois Gallery.
FREE; Museum admission required.