Sunday, July 5, 2009

Lincoln Presidential Museum Achieves 2 Million Visitors

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois was visited on Independence Day by its 2 millionth visitor. The lucky person, pictured above being greeted by a Lincoln re-enactor, is Julie Domantay, who moved to Illinois from the Philippines just last year. Ms. Domantay confessed to not knowing much about Lincoln and wanted to visit the museum on Independence Day. Highly appropriate, considering the reverence that Lincoln held for the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence.

According to the article in today's State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) newspaper, the Lincoln Museum achieved this milestone faster than any other presidential library or museum. That's not surprising to me, considering Lincoln's continued popularity and the fascination he holds for so many, including this blogger.

If you've never visited the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, I urge you to do so. It is full of outstanding information about the man. I personally wish it wouldn't be so Disney-like, but today's crowds apparently need entertainment while they're learning. I suppose there's not much harm in that.

The Museum features both permanent and temporary exhibits, plus a very good museum store.

1 comment:

DAG said...

I visited the Lincoln house in 1975 and was impressed by the way several houses were restored to keep the integrity of the neighborhood. Talking to one of the rangers was very interesting. She said that people always ask her how they could connect with Mr. Lincoln, experience something that he may have. This ranger said that the railing on the staircase was the original and that Lincoln had to use the same railing everyday.

 
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