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posted: 3/15/2013 10:42 AM

Lincoln exhibit coming to Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum

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The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum submission

The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum will be one of only 11 museums in the nation to host a national traveling exhibition about Abraham Lincoln.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum recently developed the exhibit titled "Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America." This engaging show features high-quality reproductions related to the life of the 16th President, with proceeds aiding in the preservation and restoration of the originals.

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These artifacts range from Lincoln's surveying instruments to the kid gloves he wore on that fateful night at Ford's theater. The show will run March 23 to June 16.

The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum, 164 Hawley St., Grayslake, will stage weekly programs to support the exhibition. These programs will alternate between weekday evenings and weekends to engage as broad an audience as possible.

The museum will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m., Fridays to Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., during all downtown events and by appointment to increase accessibility. Visit www.grayslakeheritagecenter.com for museum hours, directions and a full listing of supporting programs.

Additional initiatives are being added to transform this into a communitywide event. The Grayslake Area Public Library will conduct a community read featuring the novel "The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln" by Stephen L. Carter.

The museum is also working with the Grayslake Chamber of Commerce and Industry to encourage visitors to shop in local stores, dine in local restaurants, plan overnights in the area and enjoy all that Grayslake has to offer.

The College of Lake County Wind Ensemble has added Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" to its spring concert series in anticipation of the exhibition, and the Grayslake Historical Society is staging Lincoln-related lectures in March and April.

The exhibition and supporting programs have been made possible through generous support from local organizations and individuals. To date, nearly $17,000 has been raised through local sponsorships.

For information, contact Executive Director Dave Oberg at (847) 543-1745 or doberg@villageofgrayslake.com.

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