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Celebrate Presidents’ Day with Family-Friendly Activities

Last Chance to see ‘Lincoln’s Undying Words,’ Exhibition

Celebrate Abraham Lincoln and other presidents of the past with performances, craft activities and more at the Chicago History Museum’s annual family-favorite event on Monday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Museum admission is FREE for Illinois residents on this day. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Highlights of the day include a performance by the Chicago Brass Band and a production of “Meeting the Lincolns” by With Lincoln Productions. First Lady Mary Todd and President Lincoln will speak about their youth, education and the struggles of the Civil War, followed by a Q&A session. Visitors can mingle and snap a picture with the famous first couple before the program.

Visitors will have one last chance to see the exhibition “Lincoln’s Undying Words,” before it closes to the public. The exhibition explores how Abraham Lincoln’s changing views toward slavery transformed America through five key speeches made by Lincoln between 1858-65. Rare treasures, including Lincoln’s family carriage and the bed in which he died, are on view, supplemented by an audio program of selected excerpts from the speeches.

Lincoln’s Undying Words is presented in partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. This exhibition includes artifacts from the Chicago History Museum’s renowned John and Jeanne Rowe Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln Collection. Education programs for Undying Words are sponsored by the Efroymson Family Fund.

More information on “Lincoln’s Undying Words,” can be found at A full schedule of the day’s activities and events can be found at


The Chicago History Museum is situated on ancestral homelands of the Potawatomi people, who cared for the land until forced out by non-Native settlers. Established in 1856, the Museum is now at 1601 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, its third location. As a major museum and research center for Chicago and U.S. history, the Chicago History Museum strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other. To share Chicago stories, the Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents, images and other items that are relevant to the city’s history. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. 

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