Lincoln, Ill. – The highly respected Lincoln Heritage Museum reopens in its new location soon, providing visitors new insight and lessons from the life of Abraham Lincoln and highlighting the outstanding experience found at Lincoln College.

College officials will welcome historians, elected officials, college alumni and friends and others to the central Illinois campus on Saturday, April 26, starting at 10 a.m. with the Grand Opening of the new Lincoln Heritage Museum. The museum features a more traditional museum exhibits layout on its first floor of Lincoln artifacts, including history specific to the area, with a second-floor tour with state-of-the-art audio and video used to walk visitors back through Lincoln’s life after the tragic events at Ford’s Theatre.

The opening ceremony will feature:

• Performances of original music composed specifically for the opening by LC jazz studies students
• Brief remarks by Museum Director Ron Keller, President John Blackburn and LC Trustee Dan Weinberg
• An official ribbon cutting followed by museum walkthroughs for visitors at no charge in the morning
• LC fine arts and other performers appearing in costume making living history presentations

Timed tours of the second-floor gallery will be offered in the afternoon at the reduced fee of $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. Visitors are asked to allow an hour for the morning walkthrough and at least 90 minutes for the afternoon timed tour, with limited tickets available for the afternoon.

Lincoln College worked with the extremely talented Taylor Studios in Rantoul to design the new museum, housed in the campus’ new Lincoln Center.

“It is so exciting to see the fruits of our hard work these last few years, and we are eager to show everyone this special experience,” Keller said. “Our goal is to distinguish the Lincoln Heritage Museum from the others honoring our 16th President by encouraging our visitors not only to enjoy the creative, hi-tech ways we are presenting his life, but to better understand how each stage of his life – his victories and failures – shaped him into such a special person and how these lessons can be applied in each of our lives.”

LC administrators hope the Museum will reflect both on the dedication and talent of Ron Keller and his staff and on the college’s commitment to offer a unique educational experience.

“At Lincoln College we want every student to have an outstanding college experience, and the Lincoln Heritage Museum will play a vital role in that mission,” President Blackburn said. “We are excited to showcase the Museum’s great treasures and stories, and to connect those things with our academic programs and campus life. The Museum will provide opportunities for students from many backgrounds to shape their own success stories through Lincoln College.”