Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum Five million visitors have walked through our doors since the ALPLM opened in 2005. www.presidentlin
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In a stunning combination of scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum immerses you in Lincoln's world and time. Journey from a rustic Indiana cabin to the Executive Mansion in the nation's capitol; follow the fate of America's 16th president and share the joys and sorrows of a family - and a nation.

Meet Grace, a true warrior who battled leukemia with strength and courage. Thanks to life-giving blood donors, she's now...
01/08/2024

Meet Grace, a true warrior who battled leukemia with strength and courage. Thanks to life-giving blood donors, she's now in remission and thriving.

is hosting a blood drive on Martin Luther King Jr Day, Monday, January 15, 2024, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Blood Mobile will be parked in front of the museum entrance at 212 North Sixth Street.

Schedule your donation appointment by clicking https://ow.ly/Bcmb50QooKs

01/08/2024
  welcomed peace overtures from Southern generals but made clear he would not reverse course on freeing enslaved people ...
01/08/2024

welcomed peace overtures from Southern generals but made clear he would not reverse course on freeing enslaved people in rebel states.

Source: https://ow.ly/xfuJ50QoSGy

Gwendolyn Brooks was appointed poet laureate of Illinois   in 1968, a title she held until her death in 2000. Brooks was...
01/08/2024

Gwendolyn Brooks was appointed poet laureate of Illinois in 1968, a title she held until her death in 2000. Brooks was far more than Illinois’ official poet. Her many honors include a 1950 Pulitzer Prize, making her the first Black American to win the award.

01/07/2024

Today is , celebrating all spring-connected head bobbing figurines. For over 100 years, bobbleheads have been entertaining and fascinating fans and collectors.

Stop by our gift shop to pick up your very own Abraham Lincoln Bobblehead!

Ann Rutledge was born   in 1813. She died at 22 in the little village of New Salem, home to a young shopkeeper, surveyor...
01/07/2024

Ann Rutledge was born in 1813. She died at 22 in the little village of New Salem, home to a young shopkeeper, surveyor and legislator named .

Was she Lincoln's first love? No one knows. This article examines the evidence: https://ow.ly/HHtg50QonGV

Thomas Lincoln, father of Abraham, was born   in 1778. Thomas was a farmer and a skilled carpenter who moved his family ...
01/06/2024

Thomas Lincoln, father of Abraham, was born in 1778. Thomas was a farmer and a skilled carpenter who moved his family from Kentucky to Indiana and finally to Illinois.

The two very different men had a difficult relationship, although the amount of friction between them is up for debate. Abraham did not attend his father's funeral or buy a headstone for his grave, but he did name his fourth son Thomas.

Further reading:
http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/news/thomas.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Lincoln

When you think of home, what do you think of first?  One theme explored in 'Here I Have Lived: Home in Illinois' is the ...
01/06/2024

When you think of home, what do you think of first?

One theme explored in 'Here I Have Lived: Home in Illinois' is the idea of 'Envisioning Home.' The exhibit profiles people who took an imaginative leap to recraft what home meant to better meet their needs.

For instance, Illinoisan Fred Francis designed and built Woodland Palace in the 1890s as a home for him and his wife, Jeanette. He endeavored to make the house accessible for Jeanette who suffered from tuberculosis, and since fresh air was considered important for treating her disease, he built Illinois's first ever air conditioner.

Visit to explore this story and more through January 21 at the . Plus, today at 1:00 p.m. enjoy a live String Quintet performance of music written and recorded locally for the exhibit. Details at https://presidentlincoln.illinois.gov/events/.

 's first major speech focused on the threat of mob rule to American democracy and why people should respect the "sober ...
01/06/2024

's first major speech focused on the threat of mob rule to American democracy and why people should respect the "sober judgment" of the court system.

Source: https://ow.ly/9BEU50QopCB

🏒🏑 Spotted this week at the   -- the Ice Dogs Junior Hockey Team from Fairbanks, Alaska.  They play the Springfield Juni...
01/05/2024

🏒🏑 Spotted this week at the -- the Ice Dogs Junior Hockey Team from Fairbanks, Alaska. They play the Springfield Junior Blues this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Today, on  , we are reminded of a famous bald eagle who served in the Civil War - Old Abe.Old Abe (May 27, 1861 – March ...
01/05/2024

Today, on , we are reminded of a famous bald eagle who served in the Civil War - Old Abe.

Old Abe (May 27, 1861 – March 26, 1881) was the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He lived amongst the troops for more than three years, became famous for his Civil War exploits, and died a hero. His image was even adopted on the insignia of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.

Learn more about Old Abe here - https://ow.ly/nhv150QnY8a

  to a correspondent who had written to request a "signature with a sentiment" from the then-congressman.    Source: htt...
01/05/2024

to a correspondent who had written to request a "signature with a sentiment" from the then-congressman.

Source: https://ow.ly/eWGq50Qo1UM

This year, help us again as we share Abraham Lincoln's love for reading by collecting new books for the District 186 stu...
01/04/2024

This year, help us again as we share Abraham Lincoln's love for reading by collecting new books for the District 186 students participating in the Compass for Kids enrichment program.

There are three ways you can support the students:
1) Visit the Barnes & Noble in Springfield, IL, and pick up a Lincolns 4 Lincoln tag or book.
2) Purchase a Barnes & Noble gift card in-store (Springfield, IL location) or online.
3) Attend the Lincolns 4 Lincoln Literacy Jam on February 10 at the ALPLM to drop off a book donations.

For more information, go to https://ow.ly/ai8c50Qnxxz

Share this with all the book lovers in your life!

01/04/2024

Less than a month remains to visit our exhibit “Here I Have Lived: Home in Illinois.” Immerse yourself in the powerful stories of how generations of Illinoisans have experienced and imagined home in different ways.

This Saturday at 1:00 p.m. enjoy a live String Quintet performance of music written and recorded locally for the exhibit. Find details at https://presidentlincoln.illinois.gov/events/.

When close friend Joshua Speed was anxious about marriage,   assured Speed that he was overthinking the situation becaus...
01/03/2024

When close friend Joshua Speed was anxious about marriage, assured Speed that he was overthinking the situation because of his nervous temperament. He urged Speed not to give in to his fears.

Source: https://ow.ly/hxjE50QnsZ6

We all know someone who would “give the shirt off their back” for others.  Well, we don’t need your shirt.  But would yo...
01/03/2024

We all know someone who would “give the shirt off their back” for others. Well, we don’t need your shirt. But would you roll up your sleeve?

is hosting a blood drive on Martin Luther King Jr Day, Monday, January 15, 2024, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Blood Mobile will be parked in front of the museum entrance at 212 North Sixth Street.

Schedule your donation appointment by clicking https://ow.ly/tsA850Qn6kY

Join us on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15) to experience actor Reggie Guyton’s dramatic recitation of King's fam...
01/03/2024

Join us on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15) to experience actor Reggie Guyton’s dramatic recitation of King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech at 11:00 and 1:30 in the museum plaza.

This is an enhancement for museum visitors. Regular admission rates apply. Details at https://presidentlincoln.illinois.gov/events/.

Pioneering African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux - the "czar of black Hollywood" - was born near Metropolis   in 188...
01/02/2024

Pioneering African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux - the "czar of black Hollywood" - was born near Metropolis in 1884.

Micheaux, a son of former slaves, decided he wanted to make films and wouldn't let anything stop him. His persistence knocked down barriers and allowed other Black filmmakers to follow.

His story is profiled in our exhibit, “Here I Have Lived: Home in Illinois.” Open until January 21, 2024. Find out more at https://ow.ly/QYLL50QmCyh.

The   took effect   in 1863, promising freedom to millions of enslaved Americans. As U.S. troops regained control of Sou...
01/01/2024

The took effect in 1863, promising freedom to millions of enslaved Americans. As U.S. troops regained control of Southern states, they were able to make good on that promise and change America forever.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is closed today. We will reopen tomorrow. Have a wonderful holiday! ...
01/01/2024

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is closed today. We will reopen tomorrow. Have a wonderful holiday!

For many, the coming of the New Year symbolizes a fresh start. This sentiment was never truer than it was for African Am...
12/31/2023

For many, the coming of the New Year symbolizes a fresh start. This sentiment was never truer than it was for African Americans as 1862 became 1863.

in 1862, the first Services were celebrated in African American churches across the nation while waiting for word that those enslaved in Confederate states were freed by the .

Learn more from our colleagues at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - https://ow.ly/x5Un50QmA7V

12/30/2023

FINAL TWO SKATES OF THE SEASON!

Join us for skating from Noon-6pm SATURDAY AND SUNDAY in Union Park! FREE parking, skating, and skate rental.

Details - https://ow.ly/cfpP50QmBMZ.

It’s a gorgeous day in the Capitol City! Come downtown and skate FREE in Union Square Park from Noon-6pm today and Sunda...
12/30/2023

It’s a gorgeous day in the Capitol City! Come downtown and skate FREE in Union Square Park from Noon-6pm today and Sunday. Stop into historic Union Station to grab your skates.

Parking is FREE both days in our parking garage for skaters and museum visitors alike!

  in 1903, U.S. history's deadliest single building fire occurred at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago. At least 602 peopl...
12/30/2023

in 1903, U.S. history's deadliest single building fire occurred at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago. At least 602 people died, twice as many as in the entire Great Chicago Fire. The tragic event resulted in several changes to national fire codes.

Thank you to everyone who donated personal hygiene items during our holiday events for donation to the Salvation Army.  ...
12/29/2023

Thank you to everyone who donated personal hygiene items during our holiday events for donation to the Salvation Army. Together, we can follow Abraham Lincoln’s example and help our neighbors in need.

  in 1963, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants to win the NFL Championship on the back of the league’s best d...
12/29/2023

in 1963, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants to win the NFL Championship on the back of the league’s best defense.

Join us for FREE skating from Noon-6pm this Saturday and Sunday in Union Park! Just stop inside historic Union Station t...
12/29/2023

Join us for FREE skating from Noon-6pm this Saturday and Sunday in Union Park! Just stop inside historic Union Station to grab a pair of skates before heading out to the park for fun with your family and friends.

To make the weekend extra special, parking will be free in our parking garage both days for skaters and museum visitors!

Did you know that the ALPLM is a top resource for genealogical research in Illinois?  We own the master negatives for ov...
12/28/2023

Did you know that the ALPLM is a top resource for genealogical research in Illinois? We own the master negatives for over 50,000 rolls of microfilm from newspapers across the state – giving researchers one-stop access to Illinois obituaries, wedding announcements, birth announcements, and more.

Plus, our Newspaper Librarian has over 20 years of genealogy experience.

Research assistance is available by appointment. Just call 217-524-6358 or email [email protected].

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212 N 6th Street
Springfield, IL
62701

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(217) 558-8844

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