There are a number of book-signings and other events at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, Illinois next month. The 5th Michigan Regiment Band will be playing in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Plaza on May Day (Friday, May 1, 2015). The concert will begin at noon and last approximately forty-five-to-fifty minutes.
Friday, May 1, 2015 through Sunday, May, 3 2015, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (A.L.P.M.), located at 212 North Sixth Street, will offer a two-day pass for the price of one day so visitors can come and go as they take part in activities marking the anniversary of Lincoln’s funeral. One can reserve tickets online.
On Saturday, May 2, 2015, the A.L.P.M. will be having a book signing in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Store. Richard (“Dick”) Hart will be signing his book The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln: May 3rd and 4th, 1865. Sean Conant will be signing the Oxford University Press book he edited The Gettysburg Address: Perspectives on Lincoln’s Greatest Speech. The signing will be from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
On Sunday, May 10, 2015, the A.L.P.M. is honoring mothers. This is a chance to create a special “It’s All About My Mom” poster from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Museum admission is required.
On Saturday, May 16, 2015, there will be a “Fancy Nancy Soiree and Tea” with Fancy Nancy authoress Jane O’Connor at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, located at 112 North Sixth Street, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The A.L.P.L.M. states, “Come in your fanciest tea party attire.”
The Soiree is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It will include games, crafts, a costume contest, and authoress book signing.
At noon, someone identified as the “hostess extraordinaire” will gave a question and answer session with Ms. O’Connor during “an elegant tea party based on the Fancy Nancy books.” Tickets are $5 for one adult attending the Soiree only, $15 for one adult and one child attending the Soiree only, and $35 to attend the Tea and Soiree. The mother/daughter prize package provided by BJ Grand Salon & Spa.
The Downstate Vietnam Stories event will be a panel discussion featuring four Vietnamese-American War-era individuals on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The event is a collaboration between Illinois Public Media (WILL-TV) and the A.L.P.M. to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the fall of Saigon, South Vietnam in April, 1975.
It will include video and audio excerpts from several interviews, reflections on the war by the panel members, and questions from the audience. Panel members include Tom Jones, a Navy Corpsman assigned to the Marines; Tom Bowman, a U.S. Army enlisted man; and two Vietnamese boat people, Patrick Lam and Pham Thien Khoc, an officer in the South Vietnamese Army.
The event begins in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum’s Union Theater at 6:30 p.m. The A.L.P.L.’s Oral Historian, Dr. Mark DePue, will serve as moderator for the evening. Tickets are free, but one must reserve them online.
Stories from the Stack – Soldiers and Veterans’ Organizations will also take place on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum presents a series of “Stories from the Stacks.”
This series will explore aspects of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (A.L.P.L.) collections by topic to allow guests to have a better idea of the breadth and depth of the A.L.P.L.’s collections. Tickets are free, but one must reserve them online.
The A.L.P.L. will open the exhibit C-SPAN’s American Presidents: Life Portraits on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The unveiling of the exhibit and reception will be followed by a roundtable discussion.
C-SPAN President and Co-C.O.O. Rob Kennedy will first speak about the exhibit. Participants in the roundtable discussion will include Holly Kent on the influence and power of the first ladies; Charles Branham on President Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.’s politics and campaigns; and Mathew Holden on presidential power.
The reception is from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. There will be a cash bar.
The Round Table Discussion will be at from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are free and can be reserved online.
The event “A Screaming Eagle Remembers World War II” will take place in the A.L.P.M.’s Union Theater on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Vincent Speranza of Auburn, Illinois, was a member of the famous 101st Airborne during World War II, and a veteran of the division’s historic stand at Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944.
He will share his memories of that battle and the rest of the war. The event will be moderated by Dr. Mark DePue.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Speranza will be signing his book Nuts, A 101st Airborne Division Machine Gunner at Bastogne. The book signing begins at 6:00 p.m. and the discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free and can be reserved online.
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