For two and a half decades, from 1989 to 2012, David Blanchette served as the Public Information Officer for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and later the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. He was with IHPA during its infancy, and during the conceptualization, design, construction and opening of ALPLM, a world-class museum and library. U.S. Senator and later President Barack Obama was at the ALPLM for the Museum's opening, as well as the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth.
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Obama's appreciation of historic sites
Dave Blanchette with President Barack Obama, with presidential advisor David Axelrod in the background wearing a green jacket. President Obama was the featured speaker for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial dinner on February 12th, 2009.
February 12th, 2009
Sen. Barack Obama was one of several prominent speakers who addressed the crowd during the dedication of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on April 19, 2005. Obama announced his candidacy for President the following year at the Old State Capitol.
April 19, 2005