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Abraham Lincoln Pop-Up Exhibit

Thursday December 06, 2018 - Thursday February 28, 2019

Abraham Lincoln Pop-Up Exhibit

The Waukegan History Museum, of the Waukegan Historical Society and the Waukegan Park District, has a new pop-up exhibit titled Abraham Lincoln: A Man Of His Time, A Man For All Times on view in the theatre at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park. The exhibit was recently gifted to the Waukegan Historical Society from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The exhibition runs through February 28, 2019 and is appropriate for All Ages and is Free to view.

The exhibition traces Lincoln’s path from self-education, rough-hewn lawyer with virtually no administrative experience, to the president who guided a divided nation through the crisis of slavery, secession and Civil War. We hope that presenting Lincoln’s own words in speeches, letters, and proclamations will encourage a deeper understanding of our 16th president’s life, accomplishments and legacy.

Additional Waukegan History Museum exhibits have been added to the display. The exhibit The Civil War: The War Efforts in Waukegan tells a comprehensive story of how the Civil War affected local citizens. The years leading up to the war are featured with stories including local Underground Railroad connections as well as Lincoln’s memorable visit to Waukegan. Stories of Waukegan soldiers are told including the famous drummer boy, Orion Howe, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery on the battlefield at Vicksburg while at the age of 14. Also on display is a feature on the Lincoln assassination, which includes a newspaper from the day of the assassination and a model of the Lincoln Family home in Springfield, Illinois, which is decorated as it was during the Lincoln funeral.

Special Lincoln themed programs and lectures will be featured in the Jack Benny Center Theatre during the duration of the exhibit. All programs are Free and appropriate for All Ages.

Current Schedule of Programs:

  • December 6, 2018 at 7pm- Showing of 2012 award winning movie that features the story of Abraham Lincoln and the passing of the 13th Amendment.
  • December 11, 2018 at 7pm-Presentation titled, “Lincoln Speaks on Race and Slavery” by Josh Bill, Waukegan Historical Society President
  • January 6, 2019 at 4pm-“Lincoln’s Watch” presentation by Doug Stiles. In 1861, Abraham Lincoln brought his watch to a Washington D.C. jeweler for repairs. Did the jeweler add an inscription inside the watch? A local family “legend” said he did. Hear the story from Doug Stiles, a descendent of the jeweler, and his adventure of discovering the truth!
  • January 11, 2019 at 12pm- Lunch & Learn “Waukegan’s Civil War Efforts”
  • February 12, 2019 at 7pm-Lincoln’s Birthday Bash and Trivia Night
  • February 23, 2019 at 7pm-Closing Reception and presentation titled “Abraham Lincoln Goes to Waukegan.”

The Jack Benny Center for the Arts is located at 39 Jack Benny Drive in Bowen Park. The Lincoln pop-up exhibit is open to the public on Mondays from 10:00am-9:00pm, Tuesdays from 12:00pm-6:00pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am-9:00pm, Fridays from 10:00am-5:00pm, and Saturdays from 10:00am-4:00pm.

The Waukegan History Museum is located at 1917 N. Sheridan Road in Bowen Park. The museum is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays from 1:00-4:00pm. Admission is free.

For more information, please call the Waukegan History Museum at 847-336-1859 or the Jack Benny Center at 847-360-4740.


Jack Benny Center for the Arts in Bowen Park
39 Jack Benny Dr.
Waukegan, IL 60087

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Admission: Free Admission

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