Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum campus consists of three buildings; the museum, the presidential library, which is across the street from the museum, and the old Union Station building, which houses a visitor center and some exhibits. Of all of the presidential libraries and museums devoted to American presidents, only the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is managed by a state government agency, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
Backstory and Context
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is home to the world's largest collection of Lincoln texts and artifacts. Along with thousands of books written on the subject of Abraham Lincoln, the library also owns many of Lincoln's letters, speeches, and other writings. This massive collection also includes a copy of the Gettysburg Address that was written by Lincoln himself. It is one of only five that ever existed. The library also houses many books, artifacts, and other items pertaining to the history of Illinois, as well as a vast amount of genealogical records.
Both the museum and the library tell the story of one of America's most influential and beloved presidents. Thousands of people a year visit the museum to learn about this famous man who called Springfield his home. This is a site that is not only important for preserving the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, but for preserving the history of Illinois. It is a place full of information on not just a president, but also the state that meant so much to him.