History Lesson

Enhance your daytime event by inviting one of our distinguished historians to give a 30-minute educational and entertaining talk to your group with time for questions and answers.  

History Lesson: $150


History Lesson Topics (choose one):

Capturing Memories: An Overview of the ALPL Oral History Program

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s Oral History Program preserves the state’s history by collecting the stories and memories of ‘those in the arena.’ Join the program’s Director as he provides an overview of the Oral History Program and shares some of his favorite moments from the program’s vast collection.

Behind the Scenes: Illinois Gallery Special Exhibit

The Illinois Gallery is the Museum’s special exhibit gallery and each year features a new exhibit. During this presentation one of our historians will talk with you about the Illinois Gallery’s current special exhibit to further enhance your Museum experience.  

Lincoln and His Generals

Lincoln had almost no military experience when he became president, but he was almost immediately thrust into the role of commander-in-chief during the largest war the nation had ever fought. Join us for a discussion of how Lincoln’s relationship with his generals changed over time and played a key role in winning the war.

Myth-Busting Lincoln

As the most written about person in America’s history, Lincoln has become an almost mythical figure. So, it’s no surprise that it’s often difficult to untangle fact from fiction regarding the 16th president’s life. Join us for a discussion of some of the most prominent Lincoln legends.

Lincoln and Leadership

This talk traces how a man with few advantages makes himself into a small-town standout, then a leading attorney, political organizer, and one of our greatest presidents. Lincoln’s people management, hard work, and humor teach us lessons that can apply to parts of anyone’s life.

Lincoln’s Political Campaigns

Though Abraham Lincoln lost his first campaign for the Illinois State Legislature at the age of 23, he would go on to serve four consecutive terms in the state legislature, a term in Congress, and two terms as president of the United States. By analyzing his campaign history, Lincoln emerges as an ambitious and determined candidate, who, at least as a young man, was not above rolling in the partisan mud.


Add this daytime enhancement to your day at the ALPLM. Contact us at 217-558-8873 or alplm.rentevents@illinois.gov.


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