2007 Day Trip to Springfield, Illinois

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Above Image: The former Springfield Union Station, renovated to serve as the Lincoln Presidential Library Visitor Center.

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Day Trip to Springfield Illinois.

 The city has many places to see, but in our one day trip we managed to see:
Abraham Lincoln home
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
And a few places while driving through the city, like the Illinois State Capitol building and the Old State Capitol building.

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Lincoln House

Lincoln House

 

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It was a short day trip, in Sep, 2007. The main attraction we were able to see was the Abraham Lincoln home in Springfield.
Abraham Lincoln home: In May of 1844, Abraham and Mary, and their son Robert moved into this house. Then it was a one-and-a-half-story cottage. They eventually expanded this into two stories. This is the home where they raised their family for seventeen years [1844-1861], till Lincoln left Springfield to assume his responsibility as the 16th President of the United States.

Abraham Lincoln and his wife had four children, all boys, Robert, Edward [Eddie], William [Willie] and Thomas [Tad]. When Abraham Lincoln moved to this house, Robert was already born. The other three children were born here. Sadly, Eddie, their second child died in this house, in 1850.

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Lincoln home - formal parlor

Lincoln home – formal parlor

 

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The formal parlor, where the Lincolns entertained important guests, was considered the nicest room in the house. It was also here, on May 19, 1860, that men from the Republican National Convention officially asked Lincoln to run for the Presidency. Several days later, Lincoln accepted the nomination. More about the home.. click here..

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

 

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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The museum contains life-size dioramas of Lincoln’s boyhood home, areas of the White House, the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre, and the settings of key events in Lincoln’s life, as well as pictures, artifacts and other memorabilia. The museum collection includes items like the original hand written Gettysburg Address, a signed Emancipation Proclamation, his glasses and shaving mirror, Mary Todd Lincoln’s music box, items from her White House china, her wedding dress, and more. The permanent exhibits are divided into two different stages of the president’s life, called “Journey One: The Pre-Presidential Years”, and “Journey Two: The Presidential Years”.

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Museum with life-size dioramas of Lincoln's boyhood home.

Presidential Museum with life-size dioramas of Lincoln’s boyhood home.

 

 

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

 

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Some Other Attractions in Springfield we were able to see..

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Former Springfield Union Station

Former Springfield Union Station, now Lincoln Presidential Library Visitor Center

 

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The former Springfield Union Station, renovated to serve as the Lincoln Presidential Library Visitor Center. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally built in the Richardson Romanesque style in 1896, it was extensively restored as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library visitor center, which reopened in March 2007.

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The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.

The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.

 

 

The Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois

The Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois

 

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Home: Public Art in Chicago.. .. click here..

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