New! “Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas”
Open Now - January 7, 2018
Just like families across the world, First Families celebrate the holidays in their own special ways. This exhibit, using materials from the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Clinton and George W. Bush Presidential Libraries and Museums, gives a glimpse of how some of our Presidents and their loved ones enjoyed the holidays in the White House. From family photos to White House invitations, from Christmas cards to colorful decorations for the tree, these treasured items from presidential collections give us a taste of what it is like to celebrate this joyous season with America’s First Families. Download flyer (PDF).
Museum, Treasures Gallery
“The Rivalry: Cubs vs. Cardinals”
Open Now - December 31, 2017
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
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.
January 11, 2018; 12–1 p.m—Lewis & Clark
Undaunted Courage: Meriweather Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen A. Ambrose
Moderator: Lewis and Clark expert Brad Winn (Lewis and Clark State Historic Site)
Multipurpose Room, Library
New! Ben Bedford performs holiday music
December 9, 2018, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
New! Living History at the Museum
December 3, 12 - 4 p.m. Sarah Bush Lincoln, Civil War Santa
December 9, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sojourner Truth, Civil War Soldier
December 16, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sarah Bush Lincoln, Civil War Santa
December 26, 12 - 4 p.m. Mary Lincoln, Civil War Soldier
December 27, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Civil War Solider, Louisa May Alcott, Sarah Bush Lincoln, Civil War Santa
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.
Updated! Mascot Day
December 16, 2017
Join in the fun of being a mascot in honor of “The Rivalry” exhibit in the Illinois Gallery.
New! Civil War Tech: Medical Advances
January 6, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Families are invited to see first-hand the science and innovation of Civil War technology. The creation of the Army Medical Museum in 1862 changed medical research in the United States forever. Look inside the wonders of the medical records and specimens sent in from Union medical officers! Discover how and why technology for prosthetic limbs evolved quickly following the Civil War, and how it continues to evolve today. Help construct a 3D-printed prosthetic hand! Students ages 8-12 are welcome to participate. Please only register the student as limited seats are available. An adult is required to stay for the program to work with their child on the project. Civil War Tech program series is made possible thanks to generous support from AT&T.
FREE; reservations required. Visit www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov and click on "special events tickets."
New! Art Contest
Deadline to enter: December 15, 2017
Students K-12 are invited to design a poster to celebrate Illinois’ 200th Birthday and show us what makes Illinois special to you! Winners’ will be announced in February 2018 and their artwork will be displayed in the Museum. The contest is open to schools, organizations and individual students. For more info call 217.782.2981. Please fill out the registration form and attach to the submitted artwork.