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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

President Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum–Springfield Illinois

Lincoln Presidential Museum
the predicted rains have arrived, so this will be a great day for indoor activities. . .
Lincoln Presidential Museum
let’s begin with the Presidential Museum. . .
$12 pp – $9 for Seniors. . .we don’t qualify YET. . .LOL!
Lincoln Presidential Museum
a docent greeted us as we entered. . .
explained how the museum is set up. . .
and very kindly offers to take our photo with the Lincoln family. . .loved it!
Lincoln Presidential Museum
We believe we will start with Journey I – Lincoln’s Early Years. . .
photography is not allowed inside. . .but let me tell you. . .
if every museum were set up like this. . .
I would enjoy visiting a lot more of them. . .
History literally comes to life as you step through the door of the Log Cabin. . .
Lincoln Presidential Museum
showings for Ghosts of the Library are every quarter hour. . .
we believe we will see that next. . .
oh wow. . .this you need to see for yourself. . .very meaningful. . .I cried. . .
the story is told so well and so purposefully. . .no words to explain.
see authorized images here
Lincoln Presidential Museum
Lincoln’s Eyes shows every half hour. . .
the schedule works out perfectly to see that next. . .
very cool. . .special effects theatre. . .the seats move, jump, and vibrate. . .
I jumped. . .a lot!  Very well done. . .
much more conjecture to the story. . .
but an honest look at how much Lincoln aged in the time of his presidency. . .
Lincoln Presidential Museum
that leaves us with Journey II – The White House Years
Lincoln’s time in the White House was very dark and grim,
and that is reflected in the Journey. . .from the death of his son Willie,
to the grim realities of a war where thousands of Americans were dying. . .

it was easy to become immersed in the feel of it. . .


Even now just writing about it, I can feel that same sense of hopelessness
that must have pervaded Lincoln’s life during those years. .
this may be the favorite thing I have seen from a historical aspect. . .


I read way more stuff, and listened to way more speeches,
and spent way more time experiencing it all
than I normally ever do in a museum. . .
even more so, I think,  than Dave. . .
who really, really enjoys a good museum. . .or three!
Lincoln Presidential Library
the Presidential Library is right across the street. . .
the façade is identical to the Museum. . .
we were told there is not much to see there. ..
that it is an Archives and Research Facility,
and they were right. . .
there were a few corridors you could go up and down
with portraits and such. . .much more what I think of as a museum. . .
again. . .no photography. . .

It was a wonderful thing to do on a rainy day. . .
enjoyed it all very much. . .

Arrived back at the motorhome to discover a roof leak. . .
Dave has gone off the the RV Supply to pick up self leveling roof compound. . .
yaaa. . .should be a fun project. . .NOT!


See you next time at the Illinois State Capitol. . .
‘til then,
Janice and Dave

as an added plus of stopping by the Visitor’s Center
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a three day guest pass which allows you to park at the
gray topped meters for free during the week. . .
and then weekends are automatically free.

It’s a nice little perk
Thank you City of Springfield


check out more of Springfield on our friends blog:
Land of Lincoln – Part I