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Displays mark 150th anniversaries of Lincoln’s assassination and founding of Lincoln College

“Now He Belongs to the Ages” commemorates the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The exhibit includes an 1865 pallbearer’s glove, a broadside showing the route of President Lincoln’s funeral train, and a replica of the Derringer pistol Booth to shoot President Lincoln.

“When John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln on April 14, 1865, that one single act altered the course of a nation. The year 2015 marks the remembrance of one of our nation’s greatest tragedies, the first assassination of an American president. This exhibit displays items that provide insights to the events that took place during and immediately following President Lincoln’s assassination. In addition there are several pieces of literature, artifacts and art which cover the reaction of people caught by surprise of losing such an important leader in a time of crisis and transition,” said Museum Director Ron Keller. “To use the words of Henry Hawes, a Logan County Union soldier who wrote in a letter to a family member, ‘Every honest person must stamp the act as one of the blackest days’.”

Assistant Director Anne Moseley, who constructed the exhibit, remarked, “The items in this collection tell the story of a nation that mourned for their friend and president. By examining these items, we see how the nation’s love for Lincoln began with his tragic assassination.”

The “Lincoln College, Embracing our Past, Empowering our Future” exhibit kicks off the celebration of Lincoln College’s sesquicentennial. Chartered in 1865 and named for President Lincoln, the College has been an important institution in Lincoln and Logan County for the past 150 years. The exhibit includes “Faces of Lincoln College” featuring photos of students and faculty who made the campus special and pictures of student athletes and some of the sports teams over the years, as well as unique items like a hand stitched pillowcase embroidered with the beautifully sewn names of members of the class of 1902.

According to Moseley, the exhibit will give visitors the opportunity to see how the college was founded and see the growth and impact the college has had on its students and community.

The “Now He Belongs to the Ages” and “Lincoln College, Embracing our Past, Empowering our Future” exhibits will open Monday, January 26, and be on display through December 2015. The Lincoln Heritage Museum is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Museum. Admission is $5 for Adults (16 and over) and $3 for youth (age 7 to 15); children under 6 are free. For more information, contact the Lincoln Heritage Museum at (217) 735-7399 or e-mail

The LHM will be closed December 20th, 2014-January 4th, 2015

The Lincoln Heritage Museum will be closed December 20th, 2014-January 4th, 2015 so our staff can be home with their families for the Christmas & New Year Holiday. The museum staff would like to wish yourself and your family a very Merry Christmas & a happy & safe New Year.

-The Lincoln Heritage Museum Staff


The Museum will be closed November 26th-30th, 2014

The Museum will be closed November 26th-30th for Thanksgiving Break. We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.

Lincoln Heritage Museum Celebrates County’s 175th Anniversary

Living History, Rare Exhibit Event to Raise Funds for Postville, Mt.Pulaski Courthouses
The Lincoln Heritage Museum will celebrate 175 years of Logan County history on Nov. 13 with a living history presentation and special display of rare Logan County artifacts. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. This special presentation commemorates the anniversary of Logan County and recognizes the historic Postville and Mt. Pulaski courthouse sites, which were integral to the heritage of Logan County and are in need of funds to keep them operational. Donations to support the preservation of the Postville and Mt. Pulaski courthouses will be accepted at the event.
Noted and little-s era will be brought to life through living history portrayals by local historical interpreters. The evening will feature presentations of:
- Lucy Evans, whose husband operated the ferry over Salt Creek and whose farm later became the State Asylum (portrayed by Jean Gossett).
- Henry Hawes, a young Union soldier in the Civil War who often corresponded with his family in Atlanta during the war (presented by Lincoln College student Trevor Gauger).
- John Frederick Boy, an early Logan County businessman who lived in Postville and Lincoln and who rented out property as housing for the poor (presented by Bill Donath).
- Josephine Wodetzki, a woman who lived across the road from Postville Courthouse when it served as the county seat and observed courthouse days with Abraham Lincoln (presented by Lincoln Heritage Museum Assistant Director Anne Moseley).
- Captain Adam Bogardus, a resident of Elkhart who became a world champion trap shooter, (depicted by Bob McCue).
- Marie Shop Kaeselzier, a member of the Emden Civil War Ladies’ Aid Society, (portrayed by Mary Ellen Martin).
- Jabez Caps, a teacher, merchant and eventual co-founder of (presented by Lincoln Heritage Museum Director Ron Keller).
In addition to the first-person presentations, the following Logan County documents and artifacts from Lincoln’s era will be on display for that night only: one of the earliest known maps of Logan County from 1839; recently discovered cartes-de-visite from the 1860s—perhaps the earliest known photographs of people and places in the city of Lincoln; and the first public showing ever of a flag made by the ladies of Middletown for Abraham s presidential campaign in 1860.
Logan County came into legal existence as a political division of the State of Illinois in 1838 through a bill sponsored by Abraham Lincoln, passed by the Illinois Legislature, and signed by Gov. Thomas Carlin on Feb. 15, 1839.
For more information, contact the Lincoln Heritage Museum at 217-735-7399 or e-mail

Lincoln Heritage Museum Grand Opening in the News!

Below are a listing of articles on the museum and our museum’s grand opening:

The Republic (Pantagraph piece): Lincoln Heritage Museum reopens at Lincoln College (April 28th, 2014)–Lincoln-Museum

Pantagraph: Museum brings Lincoln history to Life (April 27th, 2014)

State Journal-Register: Our Opinion- Renovated Lincoln Heritage Museum exciting addition to local sites (April 25th, 2014)

DeWitt Daily News: Lincoln Heritage Museum Readies For Eventful Weekend (April 24th, 2014)

Illinois Homepage: Lincoln exhibit told in first-person perspective (April 24th, 2014)

Illinois Times: Lincoln museum is a showstopper (April 24th, 2014)

Examiner: The Lincoln Heritage Museum grand opening is April 26th at 10:00 a.m. (April 22nd, 2014)

Journal Gazette & Times- Courier (Pantagraph piece): Lincoln Heritage Museum to reopen at new location (April 21st, 2014)

Lincoln Courier: Lincoln Heritage Museum life review brings Legacy Alive

Later this month, when the new Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College celebrates its grand re-opening, visitors to the museum will experience a multi-sensory exhibit that brings the former president’s story alive like never before.
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Lincoln Heritage Museum Opening Highlights Value of Lincoln College

The highly respected Lincoln Heritage Museum reopens in its new location soon, providing visitors new insight and lessons from the life of Abraham Lincoln and highlighting the outstanding experience found at Lincoln College officials will welcome historians, elected officials, college alumni and friends and others to the central Illinois campus on Saturday, April 26, starting at 10 a.m. with the Grand Opening of the new Lincoln Heritage Museum. The museum features a more traditional museum exhibits layout on its first floor of Lincoln artifacts, including history specific to the area, with a second-floor tour with state-of-the-art audio and video used to walk visitors back through Lincoln’s life after the tragic events at Ford’s Theatre.

The opening ceremony will feature:

Timed tours of the second-floor gallery will be offered in the afternoon at the reduced fee of $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. Visitors are asked to allow an hour for the morning walkthrough and at least 90 minutes for the afternoon timed tour, with limited tickets available for the afternoon.

Lincoln College worked with the extremely talented Taylor Studios in Arcola to design the new museum, housed in the campus’ new Lincoln Center.

“It is so exciting to see the fruits of our hard work these last few years, and we are eager to show everyone this special experience,” Keller said. “Our goal is to distinguish the Lincoln Heritage Museum from the others honoring our 16th President by encouraging our visitors not only to enjoy the creative, hi-tech ways we are presenting his life, but to better understand how each stage of his life – his victories and failures – shaped him into such a special person and how these lessons can be applied in each of our lives.”

LC administrators hope the Museum will reflect both on the dedication and talent of Ron Keller and his staff and on the college’s commitment to offer a unique educational experience.

“At Lincoln College we want every student to have an outstanding college experience, and the Lincoln Heritage Museum will play a vital role in that mission,” President Blackburn said. “We are excited to showcase the Museum’s great treasures and stories, and to connect those things with our academic programs and campus life. The Museum will provide opportunities for students from many backgrounds to shape their own success stories through Lincoln College.”

Lincoln Heritage Museum Grand Opening Media Information

Lincoln Heritage Museum to Temporarily Close until April Grand Reopening

As of August 31, 2013, the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College will close as the museum readies for a grand reopening in April of 2014.

The museum is undergoing a move of its collection and a completion of the installation of its new quarters in the Lincoln Center building on the north side of the Lincoln College campus.

In 2011, the college contracted with Taylor Studios in Rantoul, Illinois to design the new Abraham Lincoln themed museum.  The museum has been working in concert with Taylor Studios to create a museum which allows the museum more space, new conservation-friendly cases and storage, and an interactive museum experience which follows what Taylor Studios terms a unique “life-review” of Abraham Lincoln’s life.

A closure of a museum before its opening is not unusual, said museum director Ron Keller.    “This is a critical stage.   During this time period moving of our pieces takes place and final fabrication of the all the museum elements takes place.”

Individuals do not have to wait until next April to catch a glimpse of what the new museum will look like once it opens.   The public is invited to an exclusive walk-through of the new museum in conjunction with the annual Grand Soiree fundraising event held at the Lincoln Center at Lincoln College on Saturday, September 28.      Though some features of the museum design—such as the audio/video—will not yet be installed, it will give attendees of the Soiree an opportunity to experience a great taste of what the new museum will bring once it opens in April.     Individuals interested in the sneak-peak at the new museum can obtain purchase seats to the Grand Soiree by calling 217-732-3155 extension 295.

“We apologize for any inconvenience the temporarily closing of the museum might cause,” remarked Keller.    “However, once the museum opens in April, people will be amazed at the difference.  This will be a highlight of our community and an impressive immersive museum which will bring visitors back again and again.”

Annual Grand Soiree to Feature New Museum Walk-Through, RSVP Today!

The Lincoln Heritage Museum

cordially invites you to


The Grand Soiree


Special Preview of the new Lincoln Heritage Museum


Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Lincoln Center Jack D. Nutt Arena

We would like to invite you to attend the annual Grand Soiree dinner and benefit auction. The Grand Soiree event raises money to support the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College.    The link to the invitation is below with all the information.  We would love to see you there!

Soiree Evite 2013

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
- Abraham Lincoln