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January, 2014 Events at the Abe Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

This month at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum (ALPLM), groups can visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (ALPM) for free on Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Day and families can visit at discounted prices on the next two Sundays. One can see a new exhibit, or see a noted geographer talk about the presidential elections of 1860 and 1864.

Visitors to the ALPM’s Facebook page can download and print a coupon that allows an entire family to visit the ALPM for just $10 on Sunday, January 19, 2014 and Sunday, January 26, 2014. The ALPLM states, “The family must consist of at least one parent and can include any number of directly related children. This is a significant savings from the normal admission charge,” which is $6 per child (from ages five to fifteen) and $12 per adult or older teenager. “This offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.”

The special admission price also includes the new exhibit Lincoln: History to Hollywood, which features sets, costumes and props from the DreamWorks Oscar-winning movie Lincoln (2012). The exhibit opens today, Friday, January 17, 2014 in the ALPM’s Union Station annex.

On a related note, the exhibit Pilgrimage will open on Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the ALPM’s Illinois Gallery. It consists of seventy photographs by Annie Leibovitz. The exhibit runs until Sunday, August 31, 2014.

The ALPLM will thank community groups striving to better the lives of children by giving them free admission on Monday, January 20, 2014 (Martin Luther King, Junior Day).

Dr. King once said, ‘Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service.’ Each year, thousands upon thousands of Illinoisans turn that philosophy into action by joining groups to improve education, clean up neighborhoods, help the needy and much more.

To honor that service, and to help children appreciate another great American who prized liberty and equality, community organizations can bring groups of children to the Lincoln Presidential Museum at no charge on the King holiday. Reservations are required.

The groups must consist of 15 or more people, with one adult chaperone for every 10 children. (Extra chaperones above that ratio will have to pay for their tickets.) The children can range in age from 4th grade to high school seniors.

Groups must make reservation through the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-545-7300 or In addition, they’ll need to provide a letter confirming they are organized and operated for charitable purposes.

Kenneth C. Martis, Ph.D., Faculty Research Associate at West Virginia University’s Regional Research Institute, will speak in the ALPM’s Union Theater on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. According to the ALPLM, “Martis has delved deeper than anyone else into all 225 years of American presidential and congressional election results, publishing multiple books that analyze the numbers county by county. Martis has found intriguing patterns, including parallels between Southern voting in 1860 and 2008.”

Martis, a geography professor emeritus at West Virginia University, will discuss his work… His colorful maps will bring alive the story of the Lincoln elections of 1860 and 1864 much more vividly than mere numbers of electoral votes and national vote counts can.

The ALPM will open at 6:00 p.m. and Dr. Martis will speak at 6:30 p.m. The event is free but reservations are required. Reservations can be made online or by calling (217) 558-8934.

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