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The Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln

Program Number: 8370RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/16/2015; 2/9/2016 - 2/13/2016; 4/17/2016 - 4/22/2016; 6/5/2016 - 6/10/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Springfield, Illinois
Price starting at: $935.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

The world-class Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum continues to be praised. Come see and hear the behind-the-scene story of how it developed, along with the opportunity to learn how Lincoln's life and work on the country's frontier in the 1840s and 1850s formed the man and created his legacy. Take part in discussions with Lincoln scholars and visit the sites of pivotal events in his life as you study how Lincoln's early life influenced the issues he addressed as President and Commander-in-Chief.


• Visit the Old State Capitol where Abraham Lincoln delivered his “House Divided” speech and gained experience in politics.
• View the original Mt. Pulaski courtroom on the circuit in which Lincoln practiced law and the courthouse square where he told stories and talked politics.
• Embark on field trips to Lincoln’s homes in New Salem and Springfield, as well as the tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery where he rests.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to 3/4 mile at Lincoln's New Salem; standing during some tours; walking up to 4 blocks at a time; and Mt. Pulaski Courthouse entrance has stairs only.

Date Specific Information

11-2-2014, 9-13-2015, 10-11-2015, 4-17-2016

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Small Group, four night program. Join us as we celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Program includes several special events related to this celebration including a symposium on Lincoln scholarship, roundtable panel discussions and special programs presented by the National Park Service. Program will not include a visit to Lincoln’s New Salem, Mt. Pulaski Courthouse or Lincoln Heritage Museum.
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This program includes speakers and site visits related to Illinois connections with the Civil War including the Illinois Military Museum and Camp Butler National Cemetery (a Civil War training ground and confederate prison), the 29th US Colored Infantry and a Civil War Soldier’s daily experiences.
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Coordinated by Lincoln Land Community College.

Springfield (Illinois)

The capital city of Illinois, Springfield welcomes more than 1 million visitors each year, many of whom come to explore the historic sites connected to Abraham Lincoln, such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Lincoln Home and Neighborhood, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Lincoln Tomb, and Lincoln’s New Salem.

Comfortable hotel in walking distance of downtown Lincoln sites.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Kathryn Harris

Kathryn Harris serves as library services director at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, formerly the Illinois State Historical Library, in Springfield, Ill. She has served on various boards, including the Rolling Prairie Library System, the Illinois Library Association, the Illinois Humanities Council and the Abraham Lincoln Association. She has appeared on stage as “Sadie Delany” in local productions of “Having Our Say” and has portrayed “Elizabeth Keckley” in “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln" in the Union Theatre at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. In addition, she performs as “Harriet Tubman,” Underground Railroad conductor, for school and community groups. A native of Carbondale Illinois, she is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and the University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Urbana.
John Lupton

John Lupton is the executive director and director of history programs for the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, and is responsible for the historical content of exhibits and publications, as well as solicitation of collections relating to the legal history of Illinois. He previously served as the associate director of "The Papers of Abraham Lincoln" project and was assistant editor for two award-winning publications: “The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases” and “The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition.” He has a B.A. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a M.A. from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Charlie Starling

Charlie Starling retired as a site interpreter for Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in 2010, but continues to volunteer at New Salem as his schedule allows. After researching the New Salem period extensively, Charlie developed (and presents) a program on school master Mentor Graham in the school in the Village of New Salem. He has a master’s in history from the University of Illinois, and was a veterinarian for 30 years.
John Squibb

John Squibb is a retired professor of history and Pearson Master Teacher from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois. Even though he is retired, John still teaches history courses and community education topics every semester. He has a B.A. and M.A. from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
David Blanchette

David Blanchette was in charge of all media coverage for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum since its inception in 1990, and was the deputy director of the museum until May 2013. Today, Dave is the Springfield spokesman for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. He has a degree in journalism from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., and is a professional photographer who owns his own photography studio.
James Cornelius

A native of Minneapolis, James Cornelius received degrees from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For 10 years, he worked as an editor in New York City, at Doubleday, Random House, and Collier’s Encyclopedia, then for eight years at the University of Illinois Library’s heralded Illinois Historical and Lincoln Collections. In May 2007, he became curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., the premier repository of Lincoln manuscripts and collection. He has written many books, articles and book reviews about architecture, baseball, literature, American and British history – these days he mainly blogs about Lincoln.
Mary Wheeler

Mary Wheeler has served as a professor of English at Lincoln Land Community College since 1978, and has a B.A. from the University of Illinois and a M.A. from Sangamon State University (now the University of Illinois Springfield). Mary has done extensive research on Mary Lincoln and the Lincoln family for her original play, "Trunks: Four Significant Journeys of Mary Todd Lincoln."
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Hotel
  Springfield, IL 5 nights
 Hilton Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Highlights •HHonors Reward Category: 4 •Striking 30-story tower, located in the historic downtown area of Springfield •Excellent central location, minutes from many popular Springfield attractions •Heated indoor swimming pool and Precor© by Hilton fitness center •Retire to the Pinnacle Club and watch the city lights glimmer from 30 stories high in our Springfield, IL hotel. •Three restaurants and two bars and the only Starbucks in downtown Springfield
  Contact info: 700 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1601 USA
phone: 217-789-1530
  Room amenities: Accommodations start with a view of downtown from our king and queen/queen rooms with premium bedding and name brand bath amenities. Work easier with two dual-line phones, an oversized desk and ergonomic leather chair. Stay entertained with the MP3 clock radio, 32-inch flat screen HDTV with expanded cable channels and video games. Other amenities include a safe, digital thermostat, coffeemaker and high-speed Internet access. You must request a refrigerator in the room. The guest will be charged $35.00 if it is not used for the storage/refrigeration of medicine. You must request an accessible room in advance if it is required and we will check with the hotel on availability as those rooms are limited in number.
  Facility amenities: For Your Comfort and Convenience •Automated Teller (ATM) •Baggage Storage •Barber Shop •Beauty Salon •Clothing Store •Concierge Desk •Elevators •Florist •Gift Shop •Laundry/Valet Service •Lounge •Luggage Hold •Multi-Lingual Staff •Room Service •Safety Deposit Box For Your Fitness and Recreation Convenience •Fitness Room •Pool For Your Business Convenience •Business Center •Fax •Notary Public •Photo Copying Service •Printer
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $119.00 plus tax Additional nights and rates as available. Contact the hotel Sales Manager Mattea Larson directly with your request at 217-789-1530 ext. 4108 and mention that you are with the Road Scholar program. The front desk/registration staff will not be able to make the reservation. Call the program coordinator Kathy DeHart if you have any problems making the reservation for additional nights.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $119.00 plus tax Additional nights and rates as available. Contact the hotel Sales Manager Mattea Larson directly with your request at 217-789-1530 ext. 4108 and mention that you are with the Road Scholar program. The front desk/registration staff will not be able to make the reservation. Call the program coordinator Kathy DeHart if you have any problems making the reservation for additional nights.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5 PM at hotel in Springfield, IL. You will be staying at Hilton Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
10:30 AM at hotel in Springfield, IL. You will be staying at Hilton Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Valid photo ID such as driver's license suggested.
  Parking availability:
Take a ticket at the garage entrance but disregard it after you check in. From the garage, go to the lobby level to check in at the front desk and get a parking pass. Show this pass to the attendant anytime you exit the garage for free parking.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Springfield, IL
  Nearest city or town:  From Springfield: St. Louis is 100 miles & Chicago is 200 miles
  Nearest highway: Interstate-55 N/S and Interstate-72 E/W
  Nearest airport:  Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI)
  From End of Program
  Location: Springfield, IL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Springfield, IL


From Airport




Hotel Shuttle
Hilton Springfield Hotel
phone: 217-789-1530


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


10 minutes 




5 miles


The hotel provides free shuttle service to and from the airport from 7am to 11pm. Upon arrival at the airport, use the Hilton courtesy phone to request a pick-up by the hotel 7 passenger van. To arrange a ride to the airport, contact the hotel bellman or front desk.


Springfield, IL


From Train Station




Hotel Shuttle
Hilton Springfield Hotel
phone: 217-789-1530


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


5 minutes 




5 blocks


The hotel provides free shuttle service to and from the train station from 7am to 11pm. Upon arrival at the train station, call the hotel to request a pick-up by the hotel 7 passenger van. To arrange a ride to the train station, contact the hotel bellman or front desk.


St. Louis, MO


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
BART Transportation
phone: 217-789-7920 xor8002842278
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$60; each additional person is $50
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1 hour 30 minutes 




100 miles


Available 7 days a week before 11 PM; must make arrangements 3 days in advance; call 217-789-7920 local number for reservation. BART will notify you of the pickup time at the airport terminal and estimate the arrival time to accommodations a day or two prior to travel.

Driving Directions
  Downtown Springfield Maps Maps included in the Road Scholar Information Packet sent to you will be available in full size in the hotel and from the group tour leader.
  From Interstate 55 to the Hilton Springfield Hotel The Hilton Springfield is located in downtown Springfield, across the street from Prairie Capital Convention Center. From U.S. Interstate Highway 55 South and Interstate Highway 72 use exit 98B for Clearlake Avenue and drive west to 9th Street and turn left. Drive south to Adams Street and turn right. The Hotel is located at 700 East Adams St. on the left side before 7th Street. From Interstate Highway 55 North: Take the 6th Street exit to Monroe Street in downtown Springfield. Turn right (east) and go two blocks to 8th Street and turn left. The Hotel is located at 700 East Adams St. on the left side before 7th Street. The hotel is 30 stories tall and distinctive in design and stands out among downtown buildings. There is a circle drive to pull into the hotel for unloading bags. The parking garage is around the block off of 7th Street or Monroe Street and you can get directions to it from the hotel staff.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Orientation
(Sunday, November 2)

Note: At hotel

 Afternoon: Check-in 4pm.
 Dinner: At 5 PM, join us for a "meet and greet" in a hotel banquet room reserved for our group and see the views from the 29th floor! You will receive a handout at check-in with up-to-date information on the room location and the evening dinner menu. At 5:30 PM, a plated dinner will be served in the same room in the hotel. Dinner includes pre-selected salad, entrée, rolls, dessert and iced tea, coffee or hot tea beverage.
 Evening: The tour leader Kathy DeHart and assistant tour leader will distribute and review use of the listening devices. We will ask everyone to make a brief introduction to the group, followed by a review of a materials in a folder. The folder contents include name tags, emergency contact information, nearby medical resources and drug stores, dinner and lunch menus for the week, daily itineraries and a notepad. Dinner menus are pre-selected and special food requests will be reviewed as requested; lunch selections for the week will be made this night. We will be available for questions after the meeting as needed.
Accommodations: Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lincoln's Early Adult Life and Legal Career
(Monday, November 3)

Note: Day on motorcoach.

 Breakfast: The breakfast buffet at the hotel begins serving at 6:30am in the Highland Room on the first floor. There is a wide variety of the same or similar items available each morning. Items can include: two choices of eggs, two choices of meats, breakfast potatoes, made to order omelets, pancakes and waffles, cereals, oatmeal, yogurt, fresh fruit, fresh baked pastries and bread, and multiple juices, milks and coffees.
 Morning: Attend a lecture on the campus of program provider, Lincoln Land Community College, by History Professor John Squibb on the overview of Lincoln’s life, his time in Illinois, and the political, social and economic context of Illinois and the United States.
 Lunch: See the landscape of Central Illinois on the 30 minute drive north of Springfield for lunch at the Wild Hare Café and Horsefeathers Shop in the small town of Elkhart, Illinois. Along the way we will follow parts of Old Route 66 and drive over the Sangamon River which was instrumental in Lincoln coming to live in New Salem and Springfield. Lunch is a choice of 2 items and 2 desserts to be made on Sunday night.
 Afternoon: We will travel 30 minutes to another small town of Mt. Pulaski and pass by Elkhart Hill (the tallest point between Chicago and St. Louis), learn about the Edwards Trace trail, coal mining and see the vastness of the farmland and former prairie that Lincoln and others travelled through while on the 8th Judicial Circuit. We will visit Mt. Pulaski Courthouse which is one of two remaining courthouses that Lincoln worked in while on the circuit and hear a storyteller talk about Lincoln and his time on the circuit. We will head to Lincoln, Illinois and visit the Lincoln Heritage Museum on the campus of Lincoln College and learn how the town and college came to be named and in the museum we will learn about some artifacts from their collection.
 Dinner: We will have a plated dinner served in a hotel banquet room reserved for our group. Dinner includes pre-selected salad, entrée, rolls, dessert and iced tea, coffee or hot tea beverage.
 Evening: After traveling part of the 8th Judicial Circuit today, we will see a presentation by John Lupton on "Lincoln and the 8th Judicial Circuit" and learn more about Lincoln's legal and political careers and his friends and experiences on the circuit.
Accommodations: Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lincoln Home/Free Time
(Tuesday, November 4)

Note: Walking day in downtown Springfield

 Breakfast: The breakfast buffet at the hotel begins serving at 6:30am in the Highland Room on the first floor.
 Morning: Walk 2 blocks to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site for a guided tour of his home and see his neighborhood of 17 years. View exhibits in the Visitor Center, see the movie, "Journey to Greatness" and a program on Mary Lincoln.
 Lunch: We will have box lunches from Panera Bread which include a half sandwich, salad, chips, and cookie. There will be a choice from 3 sandwiches and 2 salads to be made on Sunday night. Beverages will be water, soft drinks or iced tea.
 Afternoon: Visit First Presbyterian Church and learn of the church's connections to the Lincoln family including their pew and copies of historic documents. There is free-time this afternoon with several options in the downtown area to see and experience. They include: •A Road Scholar guided tour of the Elijah Iles House, the oldest house in Springfield and owned by a friend and neighbor of A. Lincoln •Walk in the Lincoln Home National Historic Sire neighborhood and view indoor and outdoor exhibits •Visit the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum •Walk the historic downtown Springfield area •Visit the Illinois State Capitol, the Illinois State Museum or the Governor’s Mansion
 Dinner: We will have a plated dinner served in a hotel banquet room reserved for our group. Dinner includes pre-selected salad, entrée, rolls, dessert and iced tea, coffee or hot tea beverage.
 Evening: Learn more of Abraham Lincoln and his family's religious affiliations with ALPLM Historical Researcher Sam Wheeler in a lecture on "Christianizing Lincoln: Historical Memory and Religious Views of Abraham Lincoln."
Accommodations: Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: New Salem State Historic Site/Lincoln's Tomb
(Wednesday, November 5)

Note: Day on motorcoach.

 Breakfast: The breakfast buffet at the hotel begins serving at 6:30am in the Highland Room on the first floor.
 Morning: Travel a half hour to Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site by bus and learn how Lincoln's New Salem was settled, how it influenced Abraham Lincoln and how it was restored. View the movie, "Turning Point" and Visitor Center exhibits on the sites history and artifacts. Walk through the village that Lincoln knew as a young adult with retired interpretive guide Charlie Starling and "go to school" with Mentor Graham.
 Lunch: We will have lunch at the Morning Star Café in the small town of Salisbury, Illinois. The lunch is a pre-selected group tour lunch of home made cashew chicken salad, potato soup, broccoli salad, and apple nut cake.
 Afternoon: Visit the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln and family members at Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site for a guided tour of the tomb and monument. It is located in the city operated Oak Ridge Cemetery which is the second most visited cemetery in the country. Can you name the most visited one? We will end the day with a half hour bus tour of the downtown area and see historic sites, state capitol complex buildings, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Governor’s Mansion and the house of poet Vachel Lindsay to name a few.
 Dinner: We will have a plated dinner served in a hotel banquet room reserved for our group. Dinner includes pre-selected salad, entrée, rolls, dessert and iced tea, coffee or hot tea beverage.
 Evening: The evening presentation is on "The Election of 1860" by LLCC History Professor John Squibb and he will describe the mood and issues of the country leading up to the presidential election, discuss what the political atmosphere was like, who was running for the office and how Lincoln won the election of 1860.
Accommodations: Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library
(Thursday, November 6)

Note: Walking day in downtown Springfield.

 Breakfast: The breakfast buffet at the hotel begins serving at 6:30am in the Highland Room on the first floor.
 Morning: We will walk 3 blocks to the Presidential Library for a special talk on how the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum was developed by a former staff member and current spokesperson for the governor that has been a part of the process from the beginning. After that, we will walk across the street to the museum and as a group we will see the two major media programs, "Ghosts of the Library" and "Lincoln's Eyes." After the two programs you can begin exploring the museum on a self-guided basis.
 Lunch: We will have a box lunch at the Subway sandwich shop located inside the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Lunch includes a 6" sandwich (there will be a choice of 4 kinds of sandwiches on Italian bread to be selected on Sunday night), chips, cookie and a self serve soft drink.
 Afternoon: Free time this afternoon to continue exploring the Presidential Museum. As time and personal interest allows, other options include: •2:15 PM Road Scholar group tour of the Old State Capitol to learn about Lincoln as a politician, where he gave his "House Divided" speech and practiced law OR tour the historic site on your own through 5 PM. •See the “Lincoln: From History to Hollywood” sets, costumes and props from the "Lincoln" movie in Union Station •See, “Boys in Blue Part 4 of 4: An End and A Beginning,” a Civil War exhibit in the Presidential Library •Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright designed, Dana-Thomas House; the last tour is 3:50 PM.
 Dinner: We will have a plated dinner served in a hotel banquet room reserved for our group. Dinner includes pre-selected salad, entrée, rolls, dessert and iced tea, coffee or hot tea beverage.
 Evening: Tonight's special program is on "Mrs. Elizabeth Keckley: Mary Lincoln's Dressmaker and Confidant," by Kathryn Harris, Library Services Director, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
Accommodations: Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lincoln's Legacy/Departure
(Friday, November 7)

Note: At hotel

 Breakfast: The breakfast buffet at the hotel begins serving at 6:30am in the Highland Room on the first floor.
 Morning: The week concludes with a wrap-up lecture on, "Learning Life by Studying Lincoln," by James M. Cornelius, Ph.D. and Curator, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Dr. Cornelius will also discuss what is new in the world of Lincoln collecting and take questions. The program concludes at 10:30am.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Springfield, IL 1908 Race Riot Self-Guided Tour
A tragic series of events in Springfield's history led to the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. The story of the 1908 Race Riot and its victims is told through a self-guided, eight-marker walking tour, beginning at the corner of Seventh and Jefferson Streets.
  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Dedicated to the life and legacy of our 16th President, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum brings together the world’s largest collection of documentary material related to the life of Abraham Lincoln. The museum, unlike any other in the U.S., features hi-tech exhibits, interactive displays, and multimedia programs as well as a reproduction of the White House as it looked in 1861. The Presidential Library is home to the world’s largest collection of Lincoln-related documents, artifacts and books, including more than 12 million items from the Illinois State Historical Library. Located at 212 North 6th Street, Springfield, IL. Hours: Subject to change, please call to confirm hours before you visit. MUSEUM HOURS: Open daily, 9am-5pm (last museum admission is 4pm). Library: 112 North 6th Street; LIBRARY HOURS: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday - Open for exhibit. Phone: (800) 610-2094. Admission: MUSEUM : Effective July 1, 2010. Age 16-61 $12; Senior (62 and Up) $9.00; Military (ID Required) $7.00; Students (ID Required) $9.00; Children (Age 5-15) $6.00; Children (Under 5) Free. LIBRARY: Free. Days Closed: New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. For additional information, visit
  Camp Butler National Cemetery
Camp Butler National Cemetery, once the site of a Union Civil War training camp and Confederate prison, is now a national cemetery for veterans and their dependents. Located NE of Springfield at 5063 Camp Butler Road, Springfield, IL 62707. Hours Office: Monday- Friday, 7:30am-4pm. Gates to cemetery open daily all year until sunset. Phone (217) 492-4070. Admission: Free. For additional information, visit
  Clayville Historic Site
The centerpiece of Clayville is the Broadwell Inn, the oldest brick building in Sangamon County, built in 1824 by the Broadwell family as a stage coach stop between Springfield and Beardstown. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is surrounded by numerous other historic buildings from Central Illinois moved to Clayville in the 1960s to recreate an early frontier pioneer village. Located NW of Springfield at 12828 Route 125, Pleasant Plains, IL. Hours: April 1 through October, Daily 10am - 4pm or by appointment. Groups over 10 by appointment only. Hours subject to change, please call in advance. Phone: (217) 481-4430. Admission: Donations accepted. Days Closed: New Years Day, Easter Sun, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. For additional information, visit
  Dana-Thomas House
Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. In 1902, local socialite and activist, Susan Lawrence Dana, hired a rising architect from Chicago to remodel her family home. This is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's best prairie houses and contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. Located at 301 E. Lawrence, Springfield, IL 62703. Hours are subject to change. Please call (217) 782-6776 to confirm days and hours before you visit. Thursday - Sunday. 9am-4pm. Last tour begins at 3:45pm. Visitor Center is handicapped accessible. Gift shop on site. Suggested donation - $5 for adults. For additional information, visit
  Edwards Place
The house is currently closed for restoration and is expected to reopen in early 2015. The oldest home in Springfield on its original foundation, Edwards Place tells the story of Benjamin and Helen Edwards and their life at the home from 1843 to 1909. The wonderfully preserved Italianate mansion was once a center for social activity in Springfield, Prominent citizens and politicians such as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were entertained at lavish dinner parties and the grounds played host to many summer picnics and political rallies. Your visit to Edwards Place will include a guided tour through the formal receiving parlor, music room, family dining room and the second floor bedrooms. The home is furnished with wonderful examples of Victorian furniture, including many pieces that belonged to the Edwards family. You will also see the authentic "Lincoln Courting Couch" from the parlor of the Ninian Edwards home where Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married. Located at 700 N. 4th St., Springfield, IL 62702. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, tours on the hour between 11am and 2pm. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. The Springfield Art Association, which owns Edwards Place is open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and The Michael Victor II Art Library and the SAA gallery also are open 10-3pm on Saturday. Phone: (217) 523-2631. Admission: Donation suggested. For additional information, visit
  Elijah Iles House
This is Springfield’s oldest home, built circa 1830s in Greek Revival style by city founder Elijah Iles. The house contains period furnishings and also houses the Springfield Museum with exhibits of local history. Located at 628 South Seventh, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Open Wednesday and Saturday, 12-4 PM. Closed November through March. Days Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Lincoln’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day, Pulaski Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. Phone (217) 492-5929. Admission: Suggested donation - $3.00. For additional information, visit
  Executive Mansion
Home of the Illinois governor. Seven U.S. Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, have been received here. Three levels are open to the public including four formal parlors; a state dining room; ballroom; four bedrooms, including the Lincoln bedroom; and a library handcrafted from native American Black Walnut. (Mansion closed during official State functions.) Located at 410 E. Jackson Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30am-11am & 2-3:30pm. Saturday: 9:30-11am. Phone (217) 782-6450. Days Closed: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Lincoln Birthday, Presidents' Day, Pulaski Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. For additional information, visit
  Illinois State Capitol
The first legislative session was held in this state capitol in 1877. The growth of the state had increased the need for more file storage and office space than the Old State Capitol allowed. Today it is the center of state government and houses the offices of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer, as well as the House of Representatives and Senate Chambers. Visitors can watch Illinois politics in action from balcony-level seating when the legislature is in session. (Accessible entrance at east side.) West entrance is currently closed. Located at 301 S 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm; Saturday-Sunday 9am-3:30pm. Phone (217) 782-2099. Days Closed: New Years Day, Presidents' Day, Easter Sun, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. Admission Free. For additional information, visit
  Illinois State Military Museum
Preserving the heritage of the Illinois National Guard, the museum is committed to collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the military artifacts associated with the citizen-soldier of Illinois. The exhibit includes rare items such as the artificial leg of Mexican General Santa Anna, a target board shot at by President Lincoln, as well as vehicles, weapons, uniforms, equipment and photographs. The Citizen-Soldier exhibit features the military experiences of famous Illinois soldiers such as Carl Sandburg, Robert McCormick, John A. Logan and Abraham Lincoln. Located at 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. (Camp Lincoln), Springfield, IL. Hours:Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4:30pm. Other times and groups by appointment. Phone (217) 761-3910. Admission: Free. Days Closed: Monday and Sunday. For additional information, visit
  Illinois State Museum
Permanent and changing exhibits tell the story of Illinois’ land, life, people and art. The natural history hall, “Changes: Dynamic Illinois Environments,” reveals the exciting changes in Illinois environments over the last 500 million years. Interactive elements, thrilling audio and video effects, life-sized dioramas and thousands of authentic fossils and specimens illustrate the processes that shaped and continue to transform Illinois’ diverse environments. The Museum Store offers a unique shopping experience with a wide selection of high-quality crafts made by juried Illinois artisans, as well as educational toys, scientific games, books and gifts. Visit the Illinois State Museum on the south side of the State Capitol complex. Located at 502 S. Spring St., Springfield, IL 62706. Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5pm and Sunday: Noon-5pm. The Museum is closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Phone (217) 782-7386. Admission is free. For additional information, visit
  Lincoln Home National Historic Site
“I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington." Abraham Lincoln left his home of seventeen years (1844-1861) to serve as president of a nation on the verge of Civil War. The Lincoln home has been restored to its 1860 appearance, revealing Lincoln as husband, father, and politician. Your tour of this national treasure will be conducted by National Park Service Park Rangers. Start your visit at the Visitor Center located at 426 S. 7th Street, Springfield, IL. Hours: Daily 8:30am-5pm. Phone: (217) 391-3221. Free tickets are required and may be obtained at the Lincoln Home Visitor Center. Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. For additional information, visit
  Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center
A woodland and prairie garden with more than five miles of trails lead you on a journey through the Illinois landscape Lincoln would have known. Depending on the season you visit, you could discover springtime dogwoods in full bloom, colorful prairie wildflowers of summer, burnished autumn leaves, or snow-covered maple trees bursting with sap. This great spot to stroll amidst nature is located on the shores of Lake Springfield and was designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen. Be sure to visit the Garden's Nature Center and Split Rail Gift Shop. Located at 2301 E. Lake Dr., Springfield, IL 62712. Hours: Daily: Sunrise-Sunset. Nature Center: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday, 1-4pm. Closed: Call or visit the website for Holiday closings. Phone (217) 529-1111. Admission: Free. For additional information, visit www.lincolnmemorialgarden
  Lincoln Tomb
This beautiful monument marks the final resting place of Abraham, Mary Todd, Tad, Eddie and Willie Lincoln. (Oldest son, Robert, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.) Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery at the request of Mrs. Lincoln after his assassination in 1865. The monument was designed by sculptor Larkin Mead, completed in 1874, and paid for with public donations. The original receiving vault in which Abraham Lincoln was buried can be seen on a tour of the cemetery. Also located within Oak Ridge Cemetery are the Illinois War Memorials (World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War). The entrance is located 1500 Monument Ave., inside Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL. Hours: are subject to change. Hours: Please call to confirm hours before you visit. Wednesday – Saturday 9am to 4:30pm.. Phone: (217) 782-2717. Admission: Free. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Also see: For additional information, visit
  Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
Abraham Lincoln grew to “a man of purpose and destiny” during his six years (1831-37) living and working in New Salem Village. Here, he clerked in a store, enlisted in the Blackhawk War, served as postmaster and deputy surveyor, studied law and was elected legislator. Timber houses, shops, and stores now comprise the reconstructed historic village where history comes to life as costumed interpreters take on the characters of the people who lived and worked here more than 150 years ago. Located 20 miles NW of Springfield at 15588 History Lane, Route 97, Petersburg, IL. Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 9am to 4pm; Phone: (217) 632-4000. Admission: Donation suggested. Days Closed: New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Lincoln Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Also, For additional information, visit
  Lincoln-Herndon Law Office
This site is closed for restoration/renovation until further notice beginning September 2014. Abraham Lincoln practiced law in the offices above Seth Tinsley’s store from 1843 until 1852. It was an ideal location for a rising young law firm - near the Capitol and Springfield’s finest hotel of the day and just above the local post office and Federal Courtroom. Stephen Logan (1843-44) and William Herndon(1844-52) were his partners during this time. This is the only surviving structure in which Lincoln maintained working law offices. Located at South Old State Capitol Plaza, 6th & Adams, Springfield, IL. Hours: 9am to 5pm.,Tuesday to Saturday, from the day after Labor Day to April 30; and 9am to 5pm, daily from May 1 through Labor Day weekend. Phone: (217) 785-7960. Admission: Donation suggested. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. For additional information, visit
  Old State Capitol State Historic Site
“A house divided against itself cannot stand...” These immortal words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the historic Old State Capitol Hall of Representatives in the turbulent days preceding the Civil War. He tried several hundred cases in the Supreme Court, borrowed books from the state library, and read and swapped stories with other lawyers and politicians in the law library. On May 3 and 4, 1865, Mr. Lincoln’s body lay in state in Representatives Hall as a crowd estimated at 75,000 filed past to pay their last respects. (Last tour 45 minutes before closing.) Located at 1 Old Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: 9am to 5pm,Wednesday - Saturday. Days Closed: New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. Phone: (217) 785-7960. Admission: Donation suggested. For additional information, visit
  Route 66
Get your kicks on Route 66! Thousands of visitors from around the globe travel America's Main Street each year to experience the legend of U.S. Route 66 and to discover the real America. On Illinois Route 66, one of the nation's newest National Scenic Byways, you'll actually travel through the hometown neighborhoods, not around them…including a visit to the heart of Springfield, Illinois, home of two famous Route 66 landmarks, Shea's Gas Station Museum and the Cozy Dog Drive In. Springfield sits in the heart of Illinois' U.S. Route 66 and boasts some of America's favorite Route 66 icons. Mile for mile, you'll find more authentic Route 66 sites and attractions along the road in Illinois, from Chicago to St. Louis, than in any other Route 66 state. For additional information, visit
  Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum
The museum features the history and culture and the triumphs/tragedies of African-Americans living in the Springfield and Central Illinois area during the 19th and 20th centuries. Located at 521 E Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Wednesday & Saturday 10am-4pm or by appointment. Phone: (217) 528-2725. Free admission, donations appreciated. Days Closed: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Lincoln's Birthday, Presidents' Day, Pulaski Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. For additional information, visit
  Union Station and Union Square Park
Union Station and Union Square Park are located directly across the street from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. On the heels of last year’s popular “Lincoln” movie by filmmaker Steven Spielberg and on loan from Dreamworks Studios, Springfield is excited to welcome, “Union Station – Lincoln: From History to Hollywood,” where you can see some of the sets, costumes and props used in the film. The park has gardens, walking paths, sculptures of Abraham Lincoln and a sculptured monument to commemorate the 1908 Race Riot in Springfield. Located at 500 E. Madison, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours: Daily 9-5. Hours are subject to change, please call. Union Square Park is open from 8am to 10pm. daily. Phone (217) 557-4588. Days Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. For additional information, visit
  Vachel Lindsay Home
The 1879 birthplace of the native Springfield poet/artist, this house remained Lindsay’s only home until his death there in 1931. The house was built in the late 1840s; an early owner was C.M. Smith, whose wife, Ann, was the sister of Mary Todd Lincoln. Both Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln were frequent visitors. The house was purchased in 1878 by Lindsay’s parents, Dr. Vachel Thomas and Catharine Frazee Lindsay, and remained in the Lindsay family for 80 years. Acquired by the State of Illinois in 1991, the home recently reopened after an extensive, state-funded restoration project. Located at 603 S. 5th Street, Springfield, IL 62701. Hours are subject to change. Please call to confirm hours before you visit. Open Thursday through Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Phone (217) 524-0901. Admission: Donations accepted. Days Closed: Monday, Sunday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Birthday, Presidents' Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. For additional information, visit
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Suggested Reading List

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Description: 916 pages Since the movie "Lincoln" is loosely based on her book you may want to read this one. Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires. It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war. We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.


Author: David Herbert Donald

Description: 714 pages Winner of the Lincoln Prize, 1996 Regarded as a classic in American history and biography, David Herbert Donald's "Lincoln" is a masterly account of how one man's extraordinary political acumen steered the Union to victory in the Civil War, and of how his soaring rhetoric gave meaning to that agonizing struggle for nationhood and equality. This fully rounded biography of America's sixteenth President is the product of Donald's half-century of study of Lincoln and his times. In preparing it, Donald has drawn more extensively than any previous writer on Lincoln's personal papers and those of his contemporaries, and he has taken full advantage of the voluminous newly discovered records of Lincoln's legal practice. He presents his findings with the same literary skill and psychological understanding exhibited in his previous biographies, which have received two Pulitzer Prizes. Donald brilliantly traces Lincoln's rise from humble origins in Kentucky to prominent positions in legal and political circles in Illinois, and then to the pinnacle of the presidency. He shows how, in all these roles, Lincoln repeatedly demonstrated his enormous capacity for growth, which enabled one of the least experienced and most poorly prepared men ever elected to high office to become a giant in the annals of American politics. Much more than a political biography, Donald's Lincoln reveals the development of the future President's character and shows how his private life helped to shape his public career. Donald's biography is written from Lincoln's point of view. Donald seats us behind the President's desk, where we read the papers and reports he received and wrote, meet the politicians and generals and ordinary citizens who visited his office, and observe him evaluating the evidence before him and making the decisions that shaped modern America.

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Author: Eric Foner

Description: 448 pages Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize: from a master historian, the story of Lincoln's -- and the nation's -- transformation through the crucible of slavery and emancipation. In this landmark work of deep scholarship and insight, Eric Foner gives us the definitive history of Lincoln and the end of slavery in America. Foner begins with Lincoln's youth in Indiana and Illinois and follows the trajectory of his career across an increasingly tense and shifting political terrain from Illinois to Washington, D.C. Although "naturally anti-slavery" for as long as he can remember, Lincoln scrupulously holds to the position that the Constitution protects the institution in the original slave states. But the political landscape is transformed in 1854 when the Kansas-Nebraska Act makes the expansion of slavery a national issue. A man of considered words and deliberate actions, Lincoln navigates the dynamic politics deftly, taking measured steps, often along a path forged by abolitionists and radicals in his party. Lincoln rises to leadership in the new Republican Party by calibrating his politics to the broadest possible antislavery coalition. As president of a divided nation and commander in chief at war, displaying a similar compound of pragmatism and principle, Lincoln finally embraces what he calls the Civil War's "fundamental and astounding" result: the immediate, uncompensated abolition of slavery and recognition of blacks as American citizens. Foner's Lincoln emerges as a leader, one whose greatness lies in his capacity for moral and political growth through real engagement with allies and critics alike. Contains 16 pages black-and-white illustrations and 3 maps.

Abraham Lincoln: A Life: 2 volume set

Author: Michael Burlingame

Description: Pages 2008 In the first multi-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln to be published in decades, Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame offers a fresh look at the life of one of America's greatest presidents. Incorporating the field notes of earlier biographers, along with decades of research in multiple manuscript archives and long-neglected newspapers, this remarkable work both alters and reinforces current understanding of America's sixteenth president. Volume 1 covers Lincoln's early childhood, his experiences as a farm boy in Indiana and Illinois, his legal training, and the political ambition that led to a term in Congress in the 1840s. In volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln's life during his presidency and the Civil War, narrating in fascinating detail the crisis over Fort Sumter and Lincoln's own battles with relentless office seekers, hostile newspaper editors and incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also offers new interpretations of Lincoln's private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd and the untimely deaths of two sons to disease. But through it all, his difficult childhood, his contentious political career, a fratricidal war, and tragic personal losses, Lincoln preserved a keen sense of humor and acquired a psychological maturity that proved to be the North's most valuable asset in winning the Civil War. Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, this landmark publication establishes Burlingame as the most assiduous Lincoln biographer of recent memory and brings Lincoln alive to modern readers as never before.

Lincoln's New Salem

Author: Benjamin P. Thomas

Description: 166 pages Thomas tells the story of the village where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1831 to 1837. His three-part examination of the village often referred to as Lincoln's "Alma Mater" features the founding and early history of New Salem, Lincoln's impact on the village and its effect on him, and the story of the Lincoln legend and the reconstruction of the town. Thomas argues convincingly that New Salem was the town where Lincoln acquired faith in himself, faith in people. At 22 the future president drifted into town seeking to become a blacksmith. Thomas introduces us to the people who created New Salem and who knew, influenced, and befriended Lincoln. Thomas highlights Lincoln's arrival, his relationships with his neighbors, his important wrestling match with Jack Armstrong, his self-education, his quiet career as an Indian fighter, his experience as a postmaster largely indifferent to postal regulations, his financial woes as a businessman, his loyal friends who often came to his aid, and his election to the legislature. This colorful history closes with a discussion of the Lincoln legend. The truth of the stories is unimportant. What matters is that the growing Lincoln legend prompted the gradual realization that New Salem was not a dismal mire from which President Lincoln had had to extricate himself but was, in fact, an energizing force. This realization led to research and finally to the restoration of New Salem, which began in 1932.

Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln

Author: Douglas Wilson

Description: 383 pages Abraham Lincoln's remarkable emergence from the rural Midwest and his rise to the presidency have been the stuff of romance and legend. Douglas L. Wilson shows us that Lincoln's transformation was not one long triumphal march, but a process that was more than once seriously derailed. There were times, in his journey from storekeeper and mill operator to lawyer and member of the Illinois state legislature, when Lincoln lost his nerve and self-confidence - on at least two occasions he became so despondent as to appear suicidal - and when his acute emotional vulnerabilities were exposed. Focusing on the crucial years between 1831 and 1842, Wilson's skillful analysis of the testimonies and writings of Lincoln's contemporaries reveals the individual behind the legends. We see Lincoln as a boy: not the dutiful son studying by firelight, but the stubborn rebel determined to make something of himself. We see him as a young man: not the ascendant statesman, but the canny local politician who was renowned for his talents in wrestling and storytelling (as well as for his extensive store of off-color jokes). Wilson also reconstructs Lincoln's frequently anguished personal life: his religious skepticism, recurrent bouts of depression, and difficult relationships with women - from Ann Rutledge to Mary Owens to Mary Todd. Meticulously researched and well written, this is a fascinating book that makes us reexamine our ideas about one of the icons of American history.

Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861

Author: Harold Holzer

Description: 640 pages One of our most eminent Lincoln scholars and winner of a Lincoln Prize for his "Lincoln at Cooper Union," Harold Holzer examines the four months between Lincoln's election and inauguration, when the president-elect made the most important decision of his coming presidency -- there would be no compromise on slavery or secession of the slaveholding states, even at the cost of civil war. Abraham Lincoln first demonstrated his determination and leadership in the Great Secession Winter -- the four months between his election in November 1860 and his inauguration in March 1861 -- when he rejected compromises urged on him by Republicans and Democrats, Northerners and Southerners, that might have preserved the Union a little longer but would have enshrined slavery for generations. Though Lincoln has been criticized by many historians for failing to appreciate the severity of the secession crisis that greeted his victory, Harold Holzer shows that the president-elect waged a shrewd and complex campaign to prevent the expansion of slavery while vainly trying to limit secession to a few Deep South states. During this most dangerous White House transition in American history, the country had two presidents: one powerless (the president-elect, possessing no constitutional authority), the other paralyzed (the incumbent who refused to act). Through limited, brilliantly timed and crafted public statements, determined private letters, tough political pressure and personal persuasion, Lincoln guaranteed the integrity of the American political process of majority rule, sounded the death knell of slavery, and transformed not only his own image but that of the presidency, even while making inevitable the war that would be necessary to make these achievements permanent. This is the first book to concentrate on Lincoln's public stance and private agony during these months and on the momentous consequences when he first demonstrated his determination and leadership.

Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography

Author: Jean H. Baker

Description: 452 pages This definitive biography of Mary Todd Lincoln beautifully conveys her tumultuous life and times. A privileged daughter of the proud clan that founded Lexington, Kentucky, Mary fell into a stormy romance with the raw Illinois attorney Abraham Lincoln. For twenty-five years the Lincolns forged opposing temperaments into a tolerant, loving marriage. Even as the nation suffered secession and civil war, Mary experienced the tragedies of losing a son and then her husband. An insanity trial later orchestrated by her surviving son led to her confinement in an asylum. Mary Todd Lincoln is still often portrayed in one dimension, as the stereotype of the best-hated faults of all women. Here her life is restored for us whole.

The Madness of Mary Lincoln

Author: Jason Emerson

Description: 255 pages In 2005, historian Jason Emerson discovered a steamer trunk formerly owned by Robert Todd Lincoln's lawyer and stowed in an attic for forty years. The trunk contained a rare find: twenty-five letters pertaining to Mary Todd Lincoln's life and insanity case, letters assumed long destroyed by the Lincoln family. Mary wrote twenty of the letters herself, more than half from the insane asylum to which her son Robert had her committed, and many in the months and years after. Emerson charts Mary Lincoln's mental illness throughout her life and describes how a predisposition to psychiatric illness and a life of mental and emotional trauma led to her commitment to the asylum. The first to state unequivocally that Mary Lincoln suffered from bipolar disorder, Emerson offers a psychiatric perspective on the insanity case based on consultations with psychiatrist experts. This book reveals Abraham Lincoln's understanding of his wife's mental illness and the degree to which he helped keep her stable. It also traces Mary's life after her husband's assassination, including her severe depression and physical ailments, the harsh public criticism she endured, the Old Clothes Scandal and the death of her son Tad. "The Madness of Mary Lincoln" is the story not only of Mary, but also of Robert. It details how he dealt with his mother's increasing irrationality and why it embarrassed his Victorian sensibilities; it explains the reasons he had his mother committed, his response to her suicide attempt and her plot to murder him. It also shows why and how he ultimately agreed to her release from the asylum eight months early, and what their relationship was like until Mary's death. This historical page-turner provides readers for the first time with the lost letters that historians had been in search of for eighty years.

Mrs. Lincoln: A Life

Author: Catherine Clinton

Description: Pages 432 Mary Lincoln's story is inextricably tied with the story of America and with her husband's presidency, yet her life is an extraordinary chronicle on its own. Born into an aristocratic Kentucky family, she was an educated, well-connected Southern daughter. When she married a Springfield lawyer she became a Northern wife, an experience mirrored by thousands of her countrywomen. The Lincolns endured many personal setbacks, including the death of a child and defeats in two U.S. Senate races, along the road to the White House. Mrs. Lincoln herself suffered scorching press attacks, but remained faithful to the Union and her wartime husband. She was also the first presidential wife known as the "First Lady," and it was in this role that she gained her lasting fame. The assassination of her husband haunted her for the rest of her life. Her disintegrating downward spiral resulted in a brief but traumatizing involuntary incarceration in an asylum and self-exile in Europe during her later years. One of the most tragic and mysterious of nineteenth-century figures, Mary Lincoln and her story symbolize the pain and loss of Civil War America.

Chasing Lincoln's Killer

Author: James L. Swanson

Description: Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia. •Hardcover: 208 pages •Age Range: 12 and up •Grade Level: 7 and up

Stealing Lincoln's Body

Author: Thomas J Craughwell

Description: On the night of the presidential election in 1876, a gang of counterfeiters out of Chicago attempted to steal the entombed embalmed body of Abraham Lincoln and hold it for ransom. The custodian of the tomb was so shaken by the incident that he willingly dedicated the rest of his life to protecting the president's corpse. In a lively and dramatic narrative, Thomas J. Craughwell returns to this bizarre, and largely forgotten, event with the first book to place the grave robbery in historical context. He takes us through the planning and execution of the crime and the outcome of the investigation. He describes the reactions of Mary Todd Lincoln and Robert Todd Lincoln to the theft—and the peculiar silence of a nation. He follows the unlikely tale of what happened to Lincoln's remains after the attempted robbery, and details the plan devised by the Lincoln Guard of Honor to prevent a similar abominable recurrence. Along the way, Craughwell offers entertaining sidelights on the rise of counterfeiting in America and the establishment of the Secret Service to combat it; the prevalence of grave robberies; the art of nineteenth-century embalming; and the emergence among Irish immigrants of an ambitious middle class—and a criminal underclass. This rousing story of hapless con men, intrepid federal agents, and ordinary Springfield citizens who honored their native son by keeping a valuable, burdensome secret for decades offers a riveting glimpse into late-nineteenth-century America, and underscores that truth really is sometimes stranger than fiction. Paperback: 288 pages

The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln’s Widow, as Revealed by Her Own Letters

Author: Myra Helmer Pritchard and edited and annotated by Jason Emerson

Description: Written in 1927 but barred from timely publication by the Lincoln family, The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln's Widow, as Revealed by Her Own Letters is based on nearly two dozen intimate letters written between Mary Lincoln and her close friend Myra Bradwell mainly during the former's 1875 incarceration in an insane asylum. By the 1920s most accounts of Mrs. Lincoln focused on her negative qualities and dismissed her as "crazy." Bradwell's granddaughter Myra Helmer Pritchard wrote this distinctly sympathetic manuscript at the behest of her mother, who wished to vindicate Mary Lincoln in the public eye by printing the private correspondence. Pritchard fervently defends Mrs. Lincoln's conduct and sanity, arguing that she was not insane but rather the victim of an overzealous son who had his mother committed. The manuscript and letters were thought to have been destroyed, but fortunately the Lincolns' family lawyer stored copies in a trunk, where historian Jason Emerson discovered them in 2005. While leaving the manuscript intact, Emerson has enhanced it with an introduction and detailed annotations. He fills in factual gaps; provides background on names, places, and dates; and analyzes Pritchard's interpretations, making clear where she was right and where her passion to protect Mrs. Lincoln led to less than meticulous research and incorrect conclusions. This volume features an easy-to-follow format that showcases Pritchard's text on the left-hand pages and Emerson's insightful annotations on the right-hand pages. Following one of the most revered and reviled, famous and infamous of the First Ladies, this book provides a unique perspective of Mrs. Lincoln's post-White House years, with an emphasis on her commitment to a sanitarium. Emerson's contributions make this volume a valuable addition to the study of the Lincoln family. Hardcover: 240 pages

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

Author: Jennifer Chiaverini

Description: New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini’ s compelling historical novel unveils the private lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln through the perspective of the First Lady’s most trusted confidante and friend, her dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley. In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion. A sweeping historical novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln’s days. Paperback: 384 pages

Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln

Author: Jason Emerson

Description: Although he was Abraham and Mary Lincoln's oldest and last surviving son, the details of Robert T. Lincoln's life are misunderstood by some and unknown to many others. Born in a boarding house but passing his last days at ease on a lavish country estate, Robert Lincoln played many roles during his lifetime. As a president's son, a Union soldier, a minister to Great Britain, and a U.S. secretary of war, Lincoln was indisputably a titan of his age. Much like his father, he became one of the nations most respected and influential men, building a successful law practice in the city of Chicago, serving shrewdly as president of the Pullman Car Company, and at one time even being considered as a candidate for the U.S. presidency. Along the way he bore witness to some of the most dramatic moments in America's history, including Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; the advent of the railroad, telephone, electrical, and automobile industries; the circumstances surrounding the assassinations of three presidents of the United States; and the momentous presidential election of 1912. Giant in the Shadows also reveals Robert T. Lincoln's complex relationships with his famous parents and includes previously unpublished insights into their personalities. Emerson reveals new details about Robert's role as his father's confidant during the brutal years of the Civil War and his reaction to his father's murder; his prosecution of the thieves who attempted to steal his father's body in 1876 and the extraordinary measures he took to ensure it would never happen again; as well as details about the painful decision to have his mother committed to a mental facility. In addition Emerson explores the relationship between Robert and his children, and exposes the actual story of his stewardship of the Lincoln legacy--including what he and his wife really destroyed and what was preserved. Emerson also delves into the true reason Robert is not buried in Springfield, Illinois.

Lincoln, DVD

Author: Tony Kushner (screenplay) and Doris Kearns Goodwin (book)

Description: This inspiring and revealing drama focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final four months in office as this visionary leader pursues a course of action to end the Civil War, unite the country and abolish slavery. Complete with never-before-seen footage featuring Steven Spielberg and the cast, who take you deep inside the making of the movie, LINCOLN sheds light on a man of moral courage and fierce determination. In drawing from Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, the director depicts a career-defining moment in the career of Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis). With the Civil War raging, and the death toll rising, the president focuses his energies on passage of the 13th Amendment. Even those sympathetic to the cause question his timing, but Lincoln doesn't see the two issues as separate, and the situation turns personal when his son, Robert (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), chooses to enlist rather than to study law. While still mourning the loss of one son, Mary (Sally Field) can't bear to lose another. Playwright Tony Kushner, who adapted the screenplay, takes a page from the procedural handbook in tracing Lincoln's steps to win over enough representatives to abolish slavery, while simultaneously bringing a larger-than-life leader down to a more manageable size. •Run Time: 150 minutes •Rated: PG-13 •Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader •Director: Steven Spielberg

Saving Lincoln DVD

Author: Salvador Litvak and Nina Davidovich

Description: Based on the true story of Abraham Lincoln (Tom Amandes) and his close friend, Ward Hill Lamon (Lea Coco), Saving Lincoln combines elements of theater and cinema to create a new visual world within vintage Civil War photographs. When the first assassination attempt occurs on the way to Washington in 1861, banjo-playing, pistol-wielding Lamon appoints himself Lincoln's bodyguard. From this unique perspective, Lamon witnesses every aspect of Lincoln's fiery trial as Commander-in-Chief, soothes his friend's tormented soul, and saves him from repeated attempts on his life. Lincoln sends Lamon away on a mission shortly before the fateful night at Ford's Theatre, yet it is Lamon who redefines that tragic event in a surprising and uplifting manner. Saving Lincoln has been called "a new and different kind of cinematic experience…truly fascinating" (Film Journal International), as well as "brave, incisive, brilliant and entirely factual" (Harold Holzer, Lincoln author and authority). •Directors: Salvador Litvak •Writers: Salvador Litvak, Nina Davidovich •Producers: Salvador Litvak, Reuben Lim, Horatio Kemeny •Run Time: 101 minutes •NR

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