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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.
November 9, 2017; 12–1 p.m—Frontier Illinois
Book Discussion on From Fursto Farms: The Transformation of the Mississippi Valley, 1762-1825; Moderator: Author John Reda (Illinois State University)
Multipurpose Room, Library
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.
Save the Date! 6th Annual Spooktacular Evening with Abe
October 21, 2017; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Spooky fun for the whole family! Fun for the whole family. Refreshments will be provided and the Museum’s Gift Shop will be open. Children must be accompanied by adults, and adults in costume are asked to refrain from wearing masks or hoods. Sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.
TICKETS: Purchase tickets ($10 per family) or RSVP to email@example.com (Members are FREE) by Oct. 14 at www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov or (217) 558-8844. No tickets will be sold at the door.
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.