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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum News

This downtown museum complex is a must-see destination in Springfield, Illinois, the hometown of America's sixteenth president. The library building is pictured here; the museum building faces it across the street.

Click here for the official library and museum website.

Click here for the official blog.

News Highlights

Keep up with some of the ever-changing developments at the Library and Museum.

  • Illinois House Ok's Bill to Make ALPLM Separate Agency (SJ-R)
  • Rebuttal to ALPLM Director by Dr. McDermott (Illinois Times)
  • A Presidential Chat: Picking the Brain of ALPLM Head Alan Lowe (Illinois Times)
  • ALPLM Removes John Wilkes Booth Statue (SJ-R)
  • ALPLM to be Separate Agency (SJ-R)
  • Museum Director Considers What Can be Added (SJ-R)
  • Madigan Proposes Making ALPLM Stand-Alone Operation (SJ-R)
  • Governor Proposes Independent ALPLM (Illinois Times)
  • Most Recent ALPLM Director Arrives (Illinois Times)
  • Comments from Newest Museum Director (SJ-R)
  • Newest ALPLM Director Appointed (SJ-R)
  • Old Lincoln Newspapers Now Online (SJ-R)
  • ALPLM Director Resigns (Illinois Times)
  • Library/Museum Director Resigns (SJ-R)
  • Museum Finances Under Review (Illinois Times)
  • Presidential Library: A Ghost of Its Former Self? (Illinois Times)
  • Exhibits Manager has Connections (Illinois Times)
  • Bourland Appointed Museum Exhibits Manager (SJ-R)
  • Mansion Curator Moves to Presidential Museum (Illinois Times)
  • Lincoln Museum Bill Goes to Illinois Governor (SJ-R)
  • Illinois House Passes Lincoln Museum Bill (SJ-R)
  • New Legislation Proposed for Library/Museum (SJ-R)
  • Kathryn Harris Retires from the Library (SJ-R)
  • Governor Proposes Museum as Separate Entity (SJ-R)
  • Study Recommends Against Separate Museum Agency (SJ-R)
  • Dr. Rietveld Gives Lincoln Coffin Photo Notes to Museum (SJ-R)
  • More Squabbling Over ALPLM Control (SJ-R)
  • ALPLM Oversight to be Reviewed (SJ-R)
  • Contentious ALPLM Board Meeting (SJ-R)
  • Lincoln Handwriting Found in Book (SJ-R)
  • Slate from Lincoln's Teacher Donated to Museum (SJ-R)
  • Temporary Respite for Museum Legislation (SJ-R)
  • Editorial: Museum Legislation "Stinks" (SJ-R)
  • Apparent Political Power Grab for ALPLM (Chicago Tribune)
  • Madigan to Museum Foundation: Drop Dead (Illinois Times)
  • Museum Attendance Tops One Million (SJ-R)
  • Library/Museum Acquires Rare Items (SJ-R)
  • Museum Director Named (SJ-R)
  • Second Statue Appears Outside Museum (SJ-R)
  • Statue Unveiled Outside Museum (SJ-R)
  • Museum Foundation Receives $1 Million Gift (SJ-R)
  • Railroad Donates Paintings to Museum (SJ-R)
  • Director Richard Norton Smith Resigns (SJ-R)
  • Heirlooms Given to Museum (SJ-R)
  • Museum Wins Awards (SJ-R)
  • Union Square Park Groundbreaking (SJ-R)
  • Attempt to Recoup Excess Costs (SJ-R)
  • Museum Designer Defends Spending (SJ-R)
  • Museum Costs are Questioned (SJ-R)
  • Museum Cost Details Given (SJ-R)
  • Emir Visits Museum (SJ-R)
  • Treasury Guard Flag Appears in Exhibit (SJ-R)
  • Scholars Give Feedback on Museum (SJ-R)
  • Dedication Speech by President (SJ-R)
  • Dedication Speakers Reflect on Lincoln (SJ-R)
  • Dedication Day Events (SJ-R)
  • Library/Museum Receives $1 Million Pledge (SJ-R)
  • Library Holds Opening Ceremonies (SJ-R)
  • Lincoln Briefcase Donated to Museum (SJ-R)
  • UIS to Work with Library (SJ-R)

  • Campaign to Retain Priceless Artifacts

    Don't miss these short podcasts about Lincoln treasures and how to keep them in the Museum. You will see items such as Lincoln's stovepipe hat, Mary Lincoln's jewelry, President Lincoln's official seal, Lincoln family portraits, presidential china, historic documents, and assassination memorabilia.

    Teacher Resources

    The Library and Museum have a wealth of information and assistance for teachers, such as lesson plans, classroom activities, workshops, internships, and fellowships. Click here for details. To plan a school visit, click here.

    Special Podcasts

    Click here for library and museum podcasts covering topics such as the "Lincoln" movie, Lincoln's relationship with his father, a roundtable discussion about the Mary Lincoln insanity "retrial," and various book discussions.

    Papers of Abraham Lincoln

    The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, a major documentary project based in Springfield, Illinois, is now under the governance of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Click here for the project website. The following are various resources, news articles and editorials about the project.

  • Experts: Lincoln Papers Project has Talented Staff, Poor Management (Sj-R)
  • Lincoln Papers a Mess (Illinois Times)
  • Lincoln Papers Melodrama Plays On (Illinois Times)
  • Lincoln Document Search Suspended at NARA (Illinois Times)
  • Senate Approves ALPLM as a Separate Agency (SJ-R)
  • Divorce Court: UIS, Lincoln Papers Parting Ways (Illinois Times)
  • Civil War: Fights at ALPLM Hit Lincoln Papers (Illinois Times)
  • Reviewing Lincoln (Illinois Times)
  • Experts Helping with Online Release of Lincoln Documents
  • Stowell Fights Firing at Hearing (Illinois Times)
  • Lawyer: Lincoln Papers Director Fighting Termination (SJ-R)
  • Shakeup at Lincoln Papers Project (Illinois Times)
  • Putting Lincoln Online is no Easy Political Task (NYT)
  • Volunteers Put Lincoln Papers into Online Age (Chicago Tribune)
  • Politicians Love Lincoln, but Maybe Not Enough to Pay for Lincoln Scholarship (NYT)
  • Historic Changes: Lincoln Project Loses Staff, IHPA Gets New Leader (Illinois Times)
  • Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Board Replaces Embattled Director (SJ-R)
  • Agency Applies for Lincoln Grant (SJ-R)
  • IHPA Refuses Papers Project Grant Application (Illinois Times)
  • Supporters Defend Lincoln Papers Project (Illinois Times)
  • A House Divided and Crumbling (Illinois Times)
  • Future of Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project in Limbo Amid State Budget Impasse (SJ-R)
  • Papers of Abraham Lincoln Gets $400,000 Grant (SJ-R)
  • Papers of Abraham Lincoln Gets Help with Staff, Storage (SJ-R)
  • Researchers Uncover Two More Lincoln Documents (SJ-R)
  • Document Discovery Video (PAL)

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