Tales from the Vault: Celebrating America's Independence and Freedom

July 8th, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Join the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in celebrating America’s independence and freedom – including a rare look at one of our collections most treasured documents – during a special edition of Tales of the Vault.

Join ALPLM Acquisitions Chief Ian Hunt for a look at items from the ALPLM’s vast collection that have a connection to America’s founding, highlighted by an opportunity to see our copy of the Gettysburg Address. Written in Lincoln’s hand, it’s only one of five copies in existence. Lincoln’s address connected the struggle of the Civil War to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and has since been regarded as one of the most powerful expressions of freedom and liberty.

You’ll also see and learn about how Lincoln’s grandfather fought in the American Revolution and his purchase of a “fife and drum” for his soldiers and how subsequent generations of Americans have celebrated our nation’s Independence. You will see displays of patriotism and how our nation has grown since those fateful days in 1776.

This will be a “hybrid” event with the opportunity to attend in-person or virtually. The program will take place in our library’s multi-purpose room on Friday, July 8 at 12pm. The event is free; reservations are not required.

To watch virtually via Facebook Live, please go to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Facebook page. Open the page at the appointed time and scroll to the post highlighting the live event. Once you’re there, simply click on the image and watch the live video stream.

Tales from the Vault is a monthly collaboration between the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Illinois State Museum, and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.



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