Tales from the Vault

To add to your daytime meeting or conference experience at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, invite one of our distinguished historians to give a 30-minute “Tales from the Vault” educational presentation to your group. The talk includes a showing of artifacts that relate to the topic and time for questions and answers. 

This unique presentation may be added to your event based on historian availability.

"Tales From the Vault" Educational Presentation: $250

Presentation Topics (choose one):

What’s New at the ALPLM?

New things are always happening at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. An ALPLM historian will show the newest additions to the collection, discuss the new exhibits that have opened and the ones in the works, as well as upcoming programs.

Lincoln and Leadership

See artifacts that help tell the story of one of our nation’s greatest presidents who began with few advantages though he made himself into a small-town standout, a leading attorney, political organizer, then our 16th president. His people management, hard work, and humor teach us all lessons we can apply to our daily lives.

The Lincoln Assassination

Five days after a four-year-long Civil War came to an end, the Lincolns went to Ford’s Theatre to relax and watch a comedy called Our American Cousin. The next morning the country awoke to the awful news that the president who saved the Union had been assassinated. A manhunt ensued as the country was draped in black. The ALPLM’s world-class collection of assassination-related artifacts will be on display during this special presentation.

Stealing Lincoln’s Body

It was a comedy of errors that almost led to a national tragedy. Incompetent robbers tried to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body and bumbling officials almost let them get away with it. Learn about the dramatic story and see the actual tools the robbers left behind in Lincoln’s tomb.

The Songs of the Civil War

The Civil War may have produced more individual pieces of music than any other American conflict. Join us for a look into music’s important role in the war, told through the songs themselves and some of the Library’s most interesting musical artifacts.

The Life of Mary Lincoln

For more than twenty years Mary Todd Lincoln encouraged her husband’s ambition, remained his unwavering and outspoken advocate and was holding his hand as he was murdered. See the objects she owned, letters she wrote, and hear the stories that make her the most controversial First Lady in American history.

Illinois Treasures at the ALPLM

In addition to the world-class Lincoln collection at the ALPLM, the archive includes thousands of amazing treasures that help tell the story of Illinois history. Participants will get an up-close look at artifacts and hear the intriguing stories they have to share.

Add this entertaining and educational talk to your day at the ALPLM. Contact us at 217-558-8873 or alplm.rentevents@illinois.gov.

“Wonderful place to take staff off site. The historian was fantastic. Could have listened to him for hours. Top Shelf especially for Springfield, IL.”

CDS Office Technologies

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