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Commemorative Day

Virtual Event | Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 15

Commemorate Presidents’ Day virtually with us as we explore the leadership and legacy of the nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, through family-friendly exhibition tours, music, arts workshops, and more. Special virtual activities include a visit with Lincoln as portrayed by Kevin J. Wood and a hands-on history arts workshop with teaching artist Justin Ricks. More details to come; we look forward to seeing you!

This event is free of charge; we would greatly appreciate a donation to the Museum in any amount. Zoom links will be provided after registration.


All activities are designed for participants age 6 and up.

11:00 a.m. – Social Studies | Spaces
Virtual tour of Lincoln’s Chicago with Paul Durica

12:00 p.m. – Social Studies | Theater
“A Visit with Mr. Lincoln” with Kevin J. Wood

1:00 p.m. – Social Studies | Hands-on History
Design a campaign poster with teaching artist Justin Ricks

Supply List for Hands-on History (expand to view)
You will need craft supplies for the arts workshop today, but you might already have the items!

Art supplies you might have at home:

  • Cardboard box or cereal box
  • Magazines or preprinted images you can cut up
  • White pillowcase or square piece of cloth
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Scissors

If you need to purchase items, try Michael’s in-store or online: 

  • White foam board, Item #10110205, $3
  • Construction paper (any color), Item #10249326, $6.39
  • Glue sticks, Item #10176962, $3.79
  • Scissors (childproof if needed), Item #10268872, $1.99
  • Markers, Item #10122061, $5.99

1:30 p.m. – Social Studies | Sound
Freedom songs with musician and educator Lenny Marsh


At-Home Activities

Want to know even more about America’s 16th president? Learn more about Abraham Lincoln and what it means to live in Illinois, the Land of Lincoln, by creating paintings, a timeline, a speech, and a replica of his famous top hat!

See the Activities
Portrait of Abraham, Mary Todd, Robert Todd, William, and Thomas Lincoln, c. 1862. CHM, ICHi-052457; Edward Herline, artist
Portrait of Abraham Lincoln in Chicago, October 4, 1859. CHM, ICHi-053559; Samuel M. Fassett, photographer

The Details



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11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. 

Event Location


Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories