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The Chicago History Museum & Shattered Globe Theatre present: A Performance and Discussion featuring President Abraham Lincoln

Actors from the Shattered Globe Theater will perform a special excerpt from the play The Heavens are Hung in Black Pulitzer Prize nominee James Still’s personal interpretation of the fevered, emotional months between the death of Abraham Lincoln’s young son and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The postshow discussion will include the following esteemed panelists: Senior curator Olivia Mahoney, director Louis Contey, Northwestern University professor Kate Masur, and executive director of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission John Lupton. This event promises to be a unique opportunity to experience the powerful life of President Abraham Lincoln in a whole new way. A light reception featuring a cash bar will follow the program.

This program is $10 per person and free for Museum members.


The press loves The Heavens are Hung in Black!


“Shattered Globe’s The Heavens are Hung in Black would work for a newly arrived immigrant with no knowledge of Civil War history, the many Lincoln fanatics in our midst who visit collections in Springfield, Chicago History Museum and Lincoln libraries again and again, and most of us who are somewhere in between.”Amy Munice, Picture This Post


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Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C., November 8, 1863.
Portrait of Abraham Lincoln with his son Tad, February 9, 1864. They are looking at a book together.

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5 th

5:30 p.m.



$ 10

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