The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum's newest exhibit, "Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas," opens Friday, Nov. 17, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The ceremony, held in conjunction with the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, takes place at 10 a.m. The Lincoln Presidential Library's executive director, Alan Lowe, will speak briefly.
"Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas" features photos, videos and original artifacts from four administrations: Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
The exhibit includes:
A "dancing Lincoln" Christmas ornament from the Clinton White House
A model of Lincoln's Springfield home made in the Bush Administration
A designer's sketch of a holiday dress for Hillary Clinton
A menorah given to Clinton and a yarmulke and dreidel given to Bush
Photos of the Kennedy family celebrating their last Christmas together
Barney cam – holiday videos shot from the vantage point of Bush's dog Barney.
The special exhibit runs through Dec. 31. It is provided as part of regular admission to the Lincoln museum (212 N. 6th Street, Springfield).
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to telling the story of America's 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology. It also serves as the state historical library.
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln material, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to other aspects of Illinois history. Meanwhile, the museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate visitors.
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