The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is awesome. It takes you from Abraham's boyhood log cabin, into the debate about slavery, through his years as a lawyer and father, the Emancipation Proclamation years, his Presidency, and his final moments. The layout, flow and content of the museum is outstanding.
|Bob reading about Lincoln's childhood in front of a log cabin replica.|
|The horrible realities of slavery - |
selling human beings and breaking families apart.
|Abraham and Mary at home in their sitting room.|
|Lincoln reading while the kids wreak havoc.|
Once Abraham Lincoln was elected President, it was time to move to the White House in Washington, D.C. Society mavens were not kind to Mary Todd Lincoln. They ridiculed her even though she was from a prominent family in the South.
Fierce political jokes made fun of the new President. The walls were lined with political cartoons showing Lincoln as the Devil, a black in disguise, and many more derogatory lampoons. The following "joke" shows many Lilliputian office seekers looking for political assignments. Lincoln, as Gulliver is overwhelmed.
|Ft. Sumter, where the Civil War began.|
|Discussion of the Emancipation Proclamation|
To Lincoln it was not a matter of "if" the Emancipation Proclamation would become law, but "when" and "how." He was convinced by his cabinet to wait to issue the proclamation after the Union had a victory.
There is so much in this museum. I will put in a couple more photos, but you really need to experience it for yourself.
|The War Gallery|
|Photos of Lincoln aging while in office.|
|Lincoln re-elected President|
|John Wilkes Booth sneaking into the box seats|
to assassinate President Lincoln
We spent 2-1/2 hours in the museum and it was worth every bit of the $15 per person admission fee.
Then we were off to tour the Illinois state capital. The current Illinois Capitol is the sixth state capital building. Started in 1868, it took more than 20 years to complete at a cost of 4.5 million. This limestone Italian Renaissance Revival building was designed in the shape of a Latin cross and is capped by a 361-foot-high dome. The building is 74' taller than the U.S. Capitol. We took a 1/2 hour tour.
|The Rotunda dome|
|Luxurious marble staircases|
|"Illinois Welcomes the World"|
|Ceiling in House|
Iowa Governor Cyrus Clay and his Statehouse Commissioners took the statues and placed them in the Des Moines Capitol. 150 years later Illinois contacted Iowa and asked for the statues back. Iowa said, "No." Illinois had the statues copied and now have reproductions of the original statues.
|South hall of the second floor|
|Ceiling in Supreme Court room|
|Old artwork uncovered under layers of paint|
With that, our tour concluded. Outside, I took photos of the top of the dome.
While most Capitol domes we have seen have a figure on top of the dome, the Illinois Capitol has flags. In order to put up and take down the flags, there is a ladder on top of the Illinois dome.
|Ladder atop the Illinois Capitol dome|
|Squirrels are everywhere!|
In the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church above stands the original pew of the Abraham Lincoln Family.
|Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices|
|The Old State Capitol (1839-1876)|
- Lincoln Square in Springfield, Illinois marks the departure point of the Donner party on April 15, 1846 on their ill-fated trip to California.
- Potawatomi Trail of Death: On September 28, 1838, 800 Potawatomi Indians marched through Springfield on the forced removal from Indiana to Kansas.
With that, we called it a day. Travel Bug out.