SPRINGFIELD — Anniversary festivities at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum jump to new levels in February with a birthday party for the president, an in-depth look at a key battle and the first in a series of discussions with the people who created the museum.
The presidential library is celebrating its 10th anniversary throughout 2015, as well as commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s end and Lincoln’s death.
The month’s events kick off Thursday, Feb. 5, with a presentation by historian Mark DePue on the Siege of Petersburg. This battle saw two exhausted armies dig in for 10 months of trench warfare. The outcome set the stage for Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.
The free presentation begins at 6:30 in the museum’s Union Theater. Tickets can be reserved online.
In honor of the 10th anniversary, the 10th of every month is Family Day at the museum. In February, that means a chance to make a Valentine or a birthday card for President Lincoln. Participants also get a sweet treat. Museum admission is required.
Lincoln’s birthday arrives on Thursday, Feb. 12. Living history interpreters, including Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, will visit the museum, where visitors can enjoy crafts, music and more. At noon, winners of the #LincolnSelfie contest will be announced and balloons – some of them containing prizes — will be released from the ceiling.
Saturday, Feb. 21, is story time at the museum. At 10:30, a Civil War soldier will read a story to children, who can also make crafts and enjoy a treat. Museum admission is required.
On Thursday, Feb. 26, a new feature will be launched – “An Evening with the Creators.” In this series of discussions, the creative minds behind the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will explain how they made the journey from a concept to the groundbreaking and immensely popular institution.
The first event in the series, moderated by Mark DePue, will explore “How It All Began.”
Tickets for the entire series are $40 ($36 for members of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation). Tickets can be reserved online.
For information, visit www.TenYearsLincoln.com.