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Lara McGlaughlin and Travis Gillum - IHPA legacy

Travis Gillum and Lara McGlaughlin of LifeFormations discuss the art and meticulous techniques that go into the creation of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library's many historical figures. During a presentation at the Presidential Museum's Union Theater, the two demonstrated how they transform clay, silicon and other materials into incredibly life-like figures, and the challenges of bringing such well known figures as Abraham and Mary Lincoln to life, from conceptual drawings to period accurate costumes. The presentation was made during the Museum's "Evening with the Creators" series to celebrate the institution's 10th anniversary.

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Prior to the opening of the Museum, several of the LifeFormation figures were on display at the 2004 Illinois State Fair to see how they would stand up to curious museum-goers. Eyelashes were some of the more delicate items on the figures.

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Illinois State Fair

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2004

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A collection of Abraham Lincoln figures at various ages and poses as the the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum nears completion in 2005.

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Unknown

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2005

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Narrator's photo

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Union generals George McClellan and Ulysses Grant appear outside the replica of the White House in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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One of the most moving exhibits in the Presidential Museum is the depiction of a slave auction, with a family being torn apart.

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

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Unknown

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Narrator's photo

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Lara McGlaughlin checks out a bust prior to beginning to transform it into a recognizable figure during her presentation to an audience at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in June 2015.

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

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June 2015

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Narrator's photo

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Lara McGlaughlin and Travis Gillum during their presentation at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in June 2015. Note the several hairless busts of Lincoln on the table.

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

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June 2015

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Moderator Mark DePue leads the audience Q & A session with Lara McGlaughlin and Travis Gillum during their presentation at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in June 2015.

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

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June 2015

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Narrator's photo

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Lara McGlaughlin uses Elizabeth Mayer’s (the oral history intern) hand to illustrate the technique for creating lifelike hands with the LifeFormation figures.

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

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June 2015

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Narrator's photo

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Travis Gillum and Lara McGlaughlin enjoyed their chance to explain the creative process to the audience of volunteers and fans at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in June 2015 during the museum’s 10th anniversary celebration.

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

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June 2015

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Narrator's photo

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Lara McGlaughlin appears behind a head as she begins to explain the process of bringing the figure to life during her presentation at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in June 2015.

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

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June 2015

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Narrator's Photo

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Travis Gillum of LifeFormations makes a point during his presentation to ALPLM volunteers and guests during the museum’s tenth anniversary celebrations in June 2015.

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

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June 2015

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Narrator's photo



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