Monday, October 18, 2010

Busy Days at the Lincoln Heritage Museum!

Things have been very busy at the Museum lately! As some of you may know, we are getting ready for our annual fundraiser, the Grand Soire᷄e, which is on October 30.  With the help of our dedicated Soire᷄e committee and our advancement officer, Cindy, the event will be a great night out!  The event will be held in the Lincoln Center, which soon will be home to the museum.  The event will include a night of dinner, dancing, and a silent and live auction.  All of the auction items are very cool.  For our sports fans out there, we have a baseball signed by Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, four field box tickets to the St. Louis Cardinals, and season tickets for Lincoln College sporting events, just to name a few.  They also will be auctioning off an introductory flying lesson, six months of singing lessons, spa certificates, tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and a lot more! Entertainment will include Lincoln College Jazz Band and the Lincoln College choir.    If you are interested in attending or just donating to the event, contact 217-391-3221 ext.  219.  I'll post pictures of the event after it happens.

In the past two weeks, we have had two big bus groups visit the museum.  The Lincoln Land Community College Elderhostel/Road Scholar group visited as part of the Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln tour.  In the next week, we had Mark MacDonald from PBS bring a group to the museum.  Unknown to Ron, director, and Melissa, assistant director, Mark was planning on taping the visit.  Melissa was filmed introducing the group to the museum and discussing some of the museum's artifacts.  In the next few months, the episode will air on Illinois Stories on PBS.   You can find more pictures of the visits on the museum's facebook page -

The museum also installed a new temporary exhibit in the entrance way to the Museum.  Remembering Lincoln features souvenirs that commemorate Abraham Lincoln.  They range from the traditional busts and pictures to the unusual, such as Lincoln dolls, Lincoln top hat toilet paper holders, and medicine ads that feature Lincoln. This Abraham Lincoln doll is featured in the exhibit and is one of the favorites of the curators.  Come and Check it out!

We will update later this week, so keep checking back.  Leave any comments or questions that you have and we will make sure to address them.  Thanks!

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