I had the opportunity today to stop by the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum and learn about the exhibit, Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America, that is coming to the museum March 23 – June 16, 2013. I am personally fascinated with Abraham Lincoln and the means by which he achieved his goals; and can not wait for this exhibit to arrive in Lake County. The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum will be 1 of only 11 museums in the nation to host a nationally traveling exhibition created by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America features high quality reproductions related to the life of our 16th president, with proceeds aiding in the preservation and restoration of the originals. These precious artifacts range from Lincoln’s surveying instruments to the kid gloves he wore on that fateful night at Ford’s Theater. Besides the traveling exhibit, the Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum will also have supporting programs happening that will feature Lincoln such as:
Tuesday, February 12, 7 p.m. at the Grayslake Area Public Library. Kickoff for the library’s community reading program featuring the novel The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln will appear.
Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m. Charlie Banks from the Lake County Civil War Roundtable will present a lecture with images about Lincoln’s funeral train.
Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. The Grayslake Historical Society hosts Douglas Stiles, who will present, Lincoln’s Watch. This spellbinding program has a surprise ending sure to delight and amaze!
Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m., Doug Dammann, Curator of the Kenosha Civil War Museum will present The Most Talked about Man in America, Elmer Ellsworth, 1860.
Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. The Grayslake Historical Society hosts Ty Rohrer, Director of the Waukegan Historical Society. Rohrer will discuss Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Waukegan in April of 1860.
Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m., Grayslake Area Public Library. Dave Oberg, Executive Director of the Heritage Center will present, Five Must Read Books about Abraham Lincoln.
If you have not seen the Lincoln movie, it is a must see. Especially before the exhibit arrives in Lake County. Stay tuned as there will be other supporting programs during the time the exhibit about President Lincoln is in Lake County happening.