There are four upcoming events at The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum (ALPLM). The second Halloween-themed event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, “A Spooktacular Evening with Abe,” will be on Saturday, October 19, 2013. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum Foundation (ALPLMF) sponsors this event.
They are advertising the event in an e-mail as being “All Ages Welcome” from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and “recommended for ages 10 and up” between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., so I infer there are spookier options for the last hour, which the ALPLMF confirmed. The ALPLM states, “Families are invited to come in costume.”
Tickets are $10. They must be purchased by Tuesday, October 15, 2013. No tickets will be sold at the door. One can purchase tickets from the ALPLM Foundation by calling (217) 558-8934 or online.
Tickets are free for ALPLM Foundation members and their families, but they need to pre-register. They can do so by calling (217) 557-5589 or by e-mailing rsvp [at] alplm.org. One can become a member online.
The ALPLMF states, “The SPOOKTACULAR Evening is suitable for all ages (8:00 - 9:00pm will be a more ‘spooky’ time for older children) and includes historical characters ‘haunting’ the exhibit journeys, special eerie lighting and music, a kids' costume contest, spooky storytelling, crafts and games!” Note that children must be accompanied by adults and adults in costumes must refrain from wearing either hoods or masks.
According to the ALPLM, the event will include “spooky storytelling in Union Theater, a scavenger hunt, crafts and games, and a special showing of ‘Ghosts of the Library.’ Refreshments will be provided, and the Museum’s Gift Shop will be open during the evening.”
There will be a Governor's Conference on Otto Kerner at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (ALPL), located at 112 North Sixth Street on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Otto Kerner, Jr. (1908-1976) served as the thirty-third Governor of Illinois from 1961 to 1968 and as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit from 1968 to 1974. He was the first of four governors to spend time in federal prison (the others being Dan Walker, George Ryan, and Rod Blagjevich).
The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. This event is sponsored by the ALPLM and the U of I’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs.
The ALPLM states, “He was a decorated soldier and a tough prosecutor. He governed a major state and helped the nation examine racial violence. He became a federal judge but wound up in federal prison…
Gov. Otto Kerner and his complex legacy will be the focus of a conference… Political experts, journalists and former Kerner aides will gather on November 2 for a reassessment of Illinois’ 33rd governor.
Panels of experts will examine the goals and accomplishments of Kerner’s administration, his public and private personas, his conviction on corruption charges and the views of the journalists who covered him.
The public, particularly college students studying history or political science, is invited to attend this examination of an important Illinois figure.
The event includes lunch in the ALPL atrium. Seating is limited. Tickets are $35, but students with proper identification can attend gratis. One may purchase tickets at this Web page (http://alplmfoundation.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=558181).
As part of the state’s observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, historian Mark DePue, Director of the ALPL’s Oral History Program, will present “Battles of Chickamauga & Chattanooga” on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, starting at 7:00 p.m. According to the ALPLM, Dr. DePue “will discuss the battle in a PowerPoint presentation, using quotes from Civil War veterans, maps, photographs and illustrations.”
General Grant's capture of Vicksburg gave the Union control of the Mississippi River, and effectively cut the Confederacy in half. The Union now shifted its focus to Chattanooga, a major port for the Tennessee River traffic. Yankees and Rebels fought two bloody battles for control.
The free event will take place in the ALPM’s Union Theater beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations can be made online.
Mark DePue is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois-Springfield, formerly Sangamon State University. He is a former president of the Oral History Association.
Over the years, the Edward Everett copy of the Gettysburg Address has been displayed at the Gettysburg Battlefield, the Gerald Ford Presidential Library, the Chicago History Museum, and is now on display here at its home in the ALPM. The Gettysburg Address will continue to be on display through November of 2013 as part of the festivities celebrating its 150th anniversary on November 19, 2013.
The ALPLM states, “Once Mr. Lincoln's Address is removed from display, it will be placed back in our vault for an extended period of time to help preserve this magnificent document for future generations.”
One highlight of our week of events to celebrate this momentous occasion will be a special viewing of the Gettysburg Address in the plaza of the museum that is free and open to the public on Monday evening November 18. Other special events include, a flag raising featuring the Boy and Girl Scouts, a panel discussion on the legacy of the address, a film showing and Q&A with filmmaker Jake Boritt, and a couple appearances from Abraham Lincoln himself!
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