Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM)

The Lincoln Family's Health Problems

Jul 23, 2013

The Lincoln family had its share of health problems, as did most living in the eighteen-hundreds. Local historian and author Glenna Schroeder-Lein recently wrote about it in a book called 'Lincoln and Medicine'.

She's also helped curate an exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum about medicine during the civil war era, which runs through November. Schroeder-Lein joins us to tell us more about her book and the exhibit:

Summer Reading Program Welcomes Lincoln Authors

Jul 15, 2013

Three authors will visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield this summer to shed new light on issues ranging from the Civil War, to morality and music. The authors will sign copies of their books and present lectures.


The founder of the Mormon Church and efforts to extradite him in the 1800's will again provide courtroom drama as a series of events will be held later this year.  
Joseph Smith founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Hearings were held regarding Missouri's attempt to extradite him from Illinois for charges that included treason.    Smith exercised his right of habeas corpus, requiring hearings to determine if they were being lawfully held in custody.   

This year marks the bicentennial of the birth for one of Illinois' most notable politicians.  But Stephen Douglas fell far short of his rival, Abraham Lincoln, in both height and the history books.   Douglas was more than simply a footnote in Illinois' past.  An exhibit underway at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum sheds some light on the Little Giant.  It includes items pertaining to Douglas.

James Cornelius is Curator of the Lincoln Collection at the facility and tells us more. 

Dana Heupel
NPR Illinois

“People assume, because I was so sort of early in all this, that I was heavily discriminated against — and I probably was — but I’d always claim I was too dumb to realize that I was being discriminated against.”

Lincoln Library and Museum advisory board in place

Feb 1, 2003

Before leaving office, Gov. George Ryan named individuals to serve on an 11-member advisory board for the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. 

• Marilyn Boria of Elmhurst, director of the Elmhurst Public Library, who will serve through 2005.

• Charles Bryan Jr. of Richmond, Va., director of the Virginia Historical Society, who will serve through 2005.

• Warrick Carter of Chicago, president of Columbia College, who will serve through 2006.

• Bill Kurtis, Chicago television producer and former news anchor, who will serve through 2004.