|General Ulysses S. Grant|
Courtesy of the Missouri Civil War Museum
Springfield, Illinois is about an hour and a half drive from St. Louis and is home to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. If possible, a visit to the museum is well worth the travel time. The tour of the Abraham Lincoln Museum includes several interactive exhibits with information on Mr. Lincoln's life and family as well as his years as the 16th President of the United States. In addition, there is a "Holavision" presentation which uses ghosts that interact with live actors. There are also many artifacts from the Taper Collection which include clothing, jewelry, family photos and letters. Currently, the museum is home to the "Undying Words" exhibit which explores Lincoln's major speeches and how he helped to end slavery in America. The exhibit showcases several of Mr. Lincoln's speeches in their original handwritten or first printing form. Nearby is the Lincoln Home National Historic Site which is also open for tours. The Lincoln family lived in the home at the corner of Eighth and Jackson Streets in Springfield, Illinois from 1844 - 1861, when Mr. Lincoln left for Washington, D.C. after being elected President of the United States.
|Meet The Lincolns Exhibit|
Courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Missouri is home to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Mr. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States and his Presidential Library is located approximately 3.5 hours from St. Louis in Independence, MO. The museum hosts two permanent exhibits featuring Truman's Presidential years and another highlighting the personal side of Mr. Truman and his family.
|President Harry S. Truman|
Courtesy of NYMag.com
There are many Presidential Libraries and Museums, birthplaces and homes located in cities and towns throughout the United States. Why not check out which Presidential historical sites are near your area and make a plan to visit this President's Day. As always, be sure to check ahead of your visit for museum hours, ticket prices, parking and any additional area attractions. Happy President's Day and have lots of fun exploring our Presidential history!