On Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – Lincoln’s 204th birthday – the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum (ALPLM) announced “Abraham Lincoln is getting a birthday present that everyone can enjoy: his own smartphone application.” The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, along with AT&T, officially launched its new “Abe App.” The phone app (application) “lets everyone explore Lincoln facts, quiz themselves about his life, peruse pictures of his presidential museum and more.”
“President Lincoln was for the most part, a self-taught man, who loved to learn. He had an insatiable curiosity and wide ranging interests. The Abe App gives users a fun, interesting and meaningful way to learn about our 16th president using today’s technology,” said Carla Knorowski, chief executive officer of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. “Through the Abe App, we share every aspect of the man from his boyhood to the Presidency –from little known facts like his favorite meal to the well-known like his views on slavery.”
“I’m especially excited about the app’s daily Lincoln facts – what we’re calling the ‘Abe-a-day’ feature. Everyone can use a daily reminder of all that Abraham Lincoln accomplished for the nation,” said Amy Martin, Director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which operates the ALPLM.
Apple stated the app is “Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.”
“The power of wireless broadband technology is changing the world. The ‘Abe App’ is where history meets technology to spread the story of Abraham Lincoln. Now people of all ages can use a smartphone or tablet to access this free app to learn more about President Lincoln and his important life,” said Paul La Schiazza, President, AT&T Illinois.
The Abe App was developed by EDA-Soft Mobile Solutions. In addition to the fact of the day and the Lincoln quiz, it includes pictures of the ALPML, a link to the ALPM’s gift shop, information on contributing to the ALPL Foundation and contact information.