WUIS Archive: Bush, Obama Speak In Springfield To Honor Lincoln

Feb 12, 2015

Today, on Lincoln's birthday, we look back at an important moment in Springfield history. 

The date was April 19, 2005.  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum opened, six months after the Library began operation.  President George W. Bush spoke at the ceremony.  

This coming April will mark the 10th anniversary of museum, which has become one of Illinois' top tourist attractions as well as a place for people to learn more about the man whose name is on the building.  

Abraham Lincoln is 206 years old.  Back in 2009, the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, President Barack Obama and others attended an event at the Crowne Plaza Museum.

Later this spring, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination and funeral will be honored.