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Springfield, IL - home to many Abraham Lincoln sights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library is run by the state of Illinois and is not part of the National Archives and the other presidential libraries; admission is $15

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library is run by the state of Illinois and is not part of the National Archives and the other presidential libraries; admission is $15

The Old State Capitol of Illinois was used from 1839 to 1876; Lincoln argued before the Illinois Supreme Court often and delivered his House Divided speech here in 1858

The Old State Capitol of Illinois was used from 1839 to 1876; Lincoln argued before the Illinois Supreme Court often and delivered his House Divided speech here in 1858

Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, the country's greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis; he succeeded in preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, bolstering the federal government, and modernizing the U.S. economy

Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, the country's greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis; he succeeded in preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, bolstering the federal government, and modernizing the U.S. economy

With Stephen Douglas, Lincoln had the most famous political debates in American history; despite his powerful performances in the seven debates, Lincoln was defeated for the Illinois Senate seat

With Stephen Douglas, Lincoln had the most famous political debates in American history; despite his powerful performances in the seven debates, Lincoln was defeated for the Illinois Senate seat

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

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

This was the Lincoln family home from 1844 to 1861; two blocks have been preserved and restored dating from Lincoln's time giving visitors a glimpse of how Springfield was back then

This was the Lincoln family home from 1844 to 1861; two blocks have been preserved and restored dating from Lincoln's time giving visitors a glimpse of how Springfield was back then

With 4 candidates running for president in 1860, Lincoln won the electoral college but had less than 40% of the popular vote; Stephen Douglas was second in the popular vote but only won the state of Missouri in the electoral college

With 4 candidates running for president in 1860, Lincoln won the electoral college but had less than 40% of the popular vote; Stephen Douglas was second in the popular vote but only won the state of Missouri in the electoral college

Lincoln wrote his first Presidential inaugural address on the third floor of this building; Lincoln, Nebraska was named for Abe and he appears on the penny, the $5 bill and on Mount Rushmore

Lincoln wrote his first Presidential inaugural address on the third floor of this building; Lincoln, Nebraska was named for Abe and he appears on the penny, the $5 bill and on Mount Rushmore

Willie Lincoln was only 11 years old when he died (probably from typhoid fever) in the White House just 2 weeks after Lincoln's inauguration; only one of Lincoln's four sons survived into adulthood

Willie Lincoln was only 11 years old when he died (probably from typhoid fever) in the White House just 2 weeks after Lincoln's inauguration; only one of Lincoln's four sons survived into adulthood

Defying his prediction that the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, the Gettysburg Address became the most quoted speech in American history; it has only 272 words and lasted just 3 minutes

Defying his prediction that the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, the Gettysburg Address became the most quoted speech in American history; it has only 272 words and lasted just 3 minutes

Lincoln's tomb is just one of the many memorials to our 16th president; the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC is one of the top five visited National Park Service sites in the country

Lincoln's tomb is just one of the many memorials to our 16th president; the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC is one of the top five visited National Park Service sites in the country

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