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)
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)
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.
Read more: http://www.lincolncourier.com/article/20140412/News/140419811#ixzz2ytpqySbs
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:
- Performances of original music composed specifically for the opening by LC jazz studies students
- Brief remarks by Museum Director Ron Keller, President John Blackburn and LC Trustee Dan Weinberg
- An official ribbon cutting followed by museum walkthroughs for visitors at no charge in the morning
- LC fine arts and other performers appearing in costume making living history presentations
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.”
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.”
The Lincoln Heritage Museum
cordially invites you to
The Grand Soiree
Special Preview of the new Lincoln Heritage Museum