The Lincoln Heritage Museum received a $600 grant from The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Inc. (IPCF) to enhance its living history program at the museum.
The living history project at the Lincoln Heritage Museum provides first-person storytelling in a historic environment within the galleries of the museum. Visitors are educated and entertained as they encounter actors portraying individuals from Lincoln’s time.
The IPCF grant will be used to purchase living history wardrobes for male living history interpreters for use during special events at the museum.
“We cannot thank the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation enough for their generosity towards helping us build our Living History program. Through their support, we will not only be presenting history in a unique way for our guests, but we will also be providing learning opportunities for our students and community members to learn more about the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln,” said Tom McLaughlin, Director of the Lincoln Heritage Museum.
In addition to events at the museum, the Lincoln Heritage Museum is working with local schools throughout the community to provide interpreters to come to select classes to present living history performances.
Anne Moseley, Assistant Director of the Lincoln Heritage Museum and a Certified Interpretive Guide Trainer said, “Educating the community about the history of Abraham Lincoln and central Illinois provides the audience with entertainment that brings history to life!”
The new costumes will be showcased during the museum’s Trick or Treat with Abe night on October, 29.
Additional living history events at the Lincoln Heritage Museum include “Nation’s Choice” on December 3 where guests will learn about the 1860 presidential candidates from living history presenters.