Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum http://wuis.org en "The Civil War" Becomes A Downtown Musical http://wuis.org/post/civil-war-becomes-downtown-musical <p>You may know the story of the war between the states.&nbsp; But what is often overlooked is the emotional drama the period had on those who lived through it.</p><p>The musical "The Civil War" brings that part of the story to the stage in downtown Springfield starting Thursday night.&nbsp;</p><p>"It's not a history lesson, although you learn a lot," Co-director Phil Funkenbusch said. "It's really a concert theatre piece."</p><p>"Instead of telling the story of the Civil War, it's really telling the stories about the people involved in the war."</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 29555 at http://wuis.org "The Civil War" Becomes A Downtown Musical Legislative Recap: What Lawmakers Did & Didn't Do http://wuis.org/post/legislative-recap-what-lawmakers-did-didnt-do <p>The Illinois Legislature adjourned its spring session having passed a new state budget and other key measures, but leaving some business undone. Here's a look at what passed and what didn't: &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; BILLS SENT TO GOV. PAT QUINN: &nbsp;<br />Budget: A roughly $35.7 billion budget for 2015 keeps funding flat for schools and most state agencies. Majority Democrats acknowledged the budget is ``incomplete'' because it postpones tough votes about whether to slash spending or find new revenue until after November's election. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:56:15 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 26409 at http://wuis.org Legislative Recap: What Lawmakers Did & Didn't Do ALPLM Legislation Won't Be Called For Senate Vote This Spring http://wuis.org/post/alplm-legislation-wont-be-called-senate-vote-spring <p>Any change in oversight for the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will have to wait.&nbsp;&nbsp; Legislation that would have taken the facility away from the authority of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has stalled in the Illinois Senate. &nbsp;<br /><br />Rikeesha Phelon, a spokesperson for the Senate President, says the measure won't be called this spring.&nbsp; This decision comes after calls for more study.&nbsp; The plan could be revived in the fall session, following the election later this year.<br /> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:22:15 +0000 Sean Crawford 26291 at http://wuis.org ALPLM Legislation Won't Be Called For Senate Vote This Spring Listen To State Week - May 30, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-may-30-2014 <p></p><p>As the Spring Session nears its end, the House and Senate agree on a state spending plan, but a decision on keeping the state income tax at its current level will probably be held off until after November.&nbsp;&nbsp; Also, House Speaker Madigan suggests divorcing the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from the Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 19:27:03 +0000 Bob Meyer 26276 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - May 30, 2014 Speaker Madigan Proposes $100 Million For Obama Library http://wuis.org/post/speaker-madigan-proposes-100-million-obama-library <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Illinois House are taking opposing views on whether Illinois should promise taxpayer money to try and lure President Barack Obama's library and museum to Chicago.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The head of Illinois' Democratic Party, Michael Madigan, wants Illinois to spend $100 million dollars on a Presidential Library and Museum for Barack Obama.</span></p><p>It's up to Obama to choose where it'll be located.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 02:25:18 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20189 at http://wuis.org Speaker Madigan Proposes $100 Million For Obama Library Author Brenda Wineapple Brings To Life An 'Ecstatic Nation' http://wuis.org/post/author-brenda-wineapple-brings-life-ecstatic-nation <p>We often think about the 1800's as a backward period,&nbsp; an era of slavery and war.&nbsp;&nbsp; But <a href="http://www.brendawineapple.com/bio.html">Brenda Wineapple </a>wants you to take a different view.&nbsp;&nbsp; She'll speak in Springfield this week.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 16974 at http://wuis.org Author Brenda Wineapple Brings To Life An 'Ecstatic Nation' Attendance Up At Lincoln Presidential Museum http://wuis.org/post/attendance-lincoln-presidential-museum <p>Officials at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library<br />and Museum say attendance was up more than 7 percent in 2013, thanks in part to the popularity of Steven Spielberg's film ``Lincoln.''<br />&nbsp;<br />The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/Km7rhf ) nearly 314,000 people visited the museum through November. That's about 10,000 more visitors than in all of 2012. Attendance is on pace to be the highest since 2010.<br />&nbsp;<br />In 2009 _ the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth _ more than 600,000 people<br />visited the Springfield museum. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:58:31 +0000 Associated Press 16147 at http://wuis.org Attendance Up At Lincoln Presidential Museum "Lincoln" Movie Exhibit Opens Next Month http://wuis.org/post/lincoln-movie-exhibit-opens-next-month <p></p><p>Costumes, furniture and other props used in Steven Spielberg's 2012 film ``Lincoln'' will go on display in Springfield next month. &nbsp;</p><p>The items will be featured in an exhibit that opens Jan. 17 at Union Station, across the street from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. &nbsp;</p><p>The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the exhibition is called: ``Lincoln: History to Hollywood.'' &nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:16:18 +0000 Associated Press 15799 at http://wuis.org "Lincoln" Movie Exhibit Opens Next Month "Lincoln In The World" Reviews His Handling Of Foreign Affairs http://wuis.org/post/lincoln-world-reviews-his-handling-foreign-affairs <p>Kevin Peraino has written a book about Lincoln, but it's on a topic few have tackled.&nbsp; "Lincoln In The World" examines Lincoln's foreign policy and his influence around the world. &nbsp;<br /><br />Peraino is qualified in this area, having served as a foreign correspondent for Newsweek.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:07:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 13841 at http://wuis.org "Lincoln In The World" Reviews His Handling Of Foreign Affairs ALPLM Hosts Gettysburg Address Events http://wuis.org/post/alplm-hosts-gettysburg-address-events <p>150 years ago next week, Abraham Lincoln delivered a 272 word speech that has become known as one of the greatest in history.&nbsp; Tuesday, November 19, marks the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.&nbsp;</p><p>On Monday, the day before, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will host events to honor the occasion.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 12801 at http://wuis.org ALPLM Hosts Gettysburg Address Events Conference On Former Gov. Otto Kerner Saturday http://wuis.org/post/conference-former-gov-otto-kerner-saturday <p>Few people these days can tell you much about former Illinois Governor Otto Kerner other than he spent time in prison.&nbsp;&nbsp; But there was more to the man&nbsp; who oversaw state government from 1961 to 1968.&nbsp; This Saturday, an all day conference in Springfield will focus on Kerner, looking at his professional accomplishments, his trial and conviction and his private life. &nbsp;<br /><br />The event, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will include journalists, politicians and even members of Kerner's family.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:27:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 11724 at http://wuis.org Conference On Former Gov. Otto Kerner Saturday 'Lincoln' Artifacts Coming To Lincoln Museum http://wuis.org/post/lincoln-artifacts-coming-lincoln-museum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A piece of Hollywood is coming to Illinois. Director Steven Spielberg is sending props and sets from the movie “Lincoln” to be part of a new exhibit at Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.</span></p><p>The museum will get two big sets: the Lincoln bedroom, and the cabinet room in which the president — played by Daniel Day-Lewis — argued for passage of a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:39:07 +0000 Brian Mackey 11850 at http://wuis.org 'Lincoln' Artifacts Coming To Lincoln Museum Tourism Dropoff In Springfield http://wuis.org/post/tourism-dropoff-springfield <p></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 13:20:23 +0000 Associated Press 10500 at http://wuis.org Tourism Dropoff In Springfield Author: Battle Hymn Of The Republic "Marches On" http://wuis.org/post/author-battle-hymn-republic-marches <p>Harvard professor and author <a href="http://www.johnstauffer.org/">John Stauffer</a> is considered an authority on Lincoln and the Civil War.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Battle-Hymn-Republic-Biography/dp/0199837430">His latest book</a> charts the evolution of the wartime ballad "Battle Hymn of the Republic".<br><br>Stauffer discussed the origin of the tune Thursday at the <a href="http://www.alplm.org/">Lincoln Presidential Museum</a>.&nbsp; The museum is wrapping up its summer series of book discussions.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:23:16 +0000 Peter Gray 7747 at http://wuis.org Author: Battle Hymn Of The Republic "Marches On" The Lincoln Family's Health Problems http://wuis.org/post/lincoln-familys-health-problems <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Lincoln family had its share of health problems, as did most living in the eighteen-hundreds. Local historian and author </span>Glenna<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Schroeder-Lein<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> recently wrote about it in a book called '</span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Medicine-Glenna-R-Schroeder-Lein/dp/0809331942" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lincoln and Medicine</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">'.</span></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:03:19 +0000 Rachel Otwell 6161 at http://wuis.org The Lincoln Family's Health Problems Summer Reading Program Welcomes Lincoln Authors http://wuis.org/post/summer-reading-program-welcomes-lincoln-authors <div><p>Three authors will visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield this summer to shed new light on issues ranging from the Civil War, to morality and music. The authors will sign copies of their books and present lectures.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:52:21 +0000 Rachel Otwell 5769 at http://wuis.org Summer Reading Program Welcomes Lincoln Authors Re-enactment Of Mormon Leader's Illinois Court Case http://wuis.org/post/re-enactment-mormon-leaders-illinois-court-case <p>The founder of the Mormon Church and efforts to extradite him in the 1800's will again provide courtroom drama as a series of events will be held later this year. &nbsp;<br>Joseph Smith founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.&nbsp; Hearings were held regarding Missouri's attempt to extradite him from Illinois for charges that included treason.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Smith exercised his right of <a href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/habeas_corpus">habeas corpus</a>, requiring hearings to determine if they were being lawfully held in custody.&nbsp; &nbsp; Mon, 08 Jul 2013 23:22:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 5415 at http://wuis.org Re-enactment Of Mormon Leader's Illinois Court Case Stephen Douglas Exhibit On Display http://wuis.org/post/stephen-douglas-exhibit-display <p>This year marks the bicentennial of the birth for one of Illinois' most notable politicians.&nbsp; But Stephen Douglas fell far short of his rival, Abraham Lincoln, in both height and the history books.&nbsp;&nbsp; Douglas was more than simply a footnote in Illinois' past.&nbsp; An exhibit underway at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum sheds some light on the Little Giant.&nbsp; It includes items pertaining to Douglas.</p><p>James Cornelius is Curator of the Lincoln Collection at the facility and tells us more.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 14:40:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 5092 at http://wuis.org Stephen Douglas Exhibit On Display