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Lincoln library, museum, to tell history through artifacts

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is launching a new educational program designed tell the history of the nation’s 16th president through the telling of stories behind specific objects linked to him.

The program is called, “If Objects Talked.” Among the artifacts experts will show and explain is a toy canon that belonged to one of Lincoln’s sons and an invitation to another son’s birthday party.

The facility’s education director, Genevieve Kaplan, says telling children the stories behind such rare items will be another way “to spark their imaginations.”

The series kicks off on Feb. 21 with objects related to presidents visiting Illinois. The themes of other sessions include presidential inaugurations and presidential elections.

February is also the last month for free admission for school groups until the summer.

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