Yesterday, February 12, 2014, was the 205th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. There are a number of upcoming events and ongoing exhibits at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum (ALPLM) down in Springfield.
"The Barber and The President" is a special presentation in the multi-purpose room of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.. It concerns the story of the friendship between President Lincoln and William de Fleurville (Billy the Barber). The social and political role of African-American barbers and barber shops in 19th Century Springfield will also be presented.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is located at 112 North Sixth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62704. This event is free and open to the public, but a reservation is required.
Mark Pohlad Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University's College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, returns to the ALPLM on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 for a presentation that analyzes the concept of pilgrimages as it relates directly to the Annie Leibovitz photographic exhibit, Pilgrimage. He will speak in the ALPM's Union Theater, located at 212 North Sixth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701, starting at 6:30 p.m.
According to his official biography, Pohlad's academic interests are the "History of modern American and European art and architecture, including painting, sculpture, buildings and prints. History of photography, including Chicago photography and images of Abraham Lincoln and London. Also an expert on the artist Marcel Duchamp." The ALPLM states, "He has written about Lincoln-related poetry and is working on a book-length study of Chicago portraitists of Mr. Lincoln."
The museum will open at 6:00 p.m. and Pohlad will speak at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, but reservations are required. One can register either online or by calling (217) 558-8934.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (A.L.P.L.F.), Macy's, and Archer Daniels Midland sponsor the Pilgrimage exhibit. The exhibit of seventy photographs is on display in the ALPM's Illinois Gallery. It will be on display through August 31, 2014.
During Annie Leibovitz visited the ALPLM on February 7, 2014 to open Pilgrimage, she signed copies of her accompanying book of the same name. Those signed copies are now available for purchase through the ALPM's online gift shop.
Lincoln: History to Hollywood, currently on display, presents key sets, costumes, and props from the award-winning Steven Spielberg film, Lincoln (2012). Highlighted in the exhibit is Abraham Lincoln’s office, a vignette of Mary Lincoln’s bedroom, and costumes and props used by the star, Daniel Day-Lewis, who won an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, SAG, Golden Globe, Critic's Choice, and BAFTA awards for his performance. The items are all on loan from Spielberg and DreamWorks Studios.
The exhibit is on display at Historic Union Station, just across the street from the ALPM. The station serves as an annex to the ALPM, where visitors can tour the exhibit and see video presentations about the movie.
Children can tour the special exhibit at Union Station for free when accompanied by an adult. The cost for adults is just $5.
Adults also have the option of buying the new Full Experience package that allows them to tour the exhibit Lincoln: History to Hollywood in Union Station and the entire Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum for $15. That’s just $3 more than the basic museum admission price. Note that museum general admission tickets do not cover entry to the DreamWorks exhibit.
One can purchase tickets in advance online. The exhibit is made possible with the help of the ALPLF.
The ALPLM has lent a leather satchel that belonged to President Lincoln to the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, which stands next to the President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington, as explained by Jason Dick in Roll Call. This building, which is now a National Trust for Historic Preservation site, served as a country retreat for the Lincolns during the summers of 1862, '63, and '64, under the protection of the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers ("Bucktails"). It will head back to the ALPLM in July.