A Visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, Part One

Museum sign post

Museum sign post









One cannot visit Springfield, Illinois without dropping by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum. This was not my first visit to the museum, but I still very much looked for to seeing it again.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum









After paying for the tickets, one is immediately met with the Lincoln family in the rotunda of the museum. This is always a great photo opportunity-and I availed myself to it!

B. Nash with Lincoln family

B. Nash with Lincoln family

Lincoln close up



I stopped and chatted awahile with one of the museum guides. She mentioned that young Tad Lincoln had recently had both his eyebrows plucked by a elementary student during a visit. She didn’t think it was an act done out of malice. She thought the young person was merely “curious.” I don’t think Tad would have liked it! Although by all accounts both Lincoln boys were pranksters. Anyway, believe it or not, the museum had a “spare Tad head” in stock. So the eyebrowless Tad head was removed and replaced with the extra one. She told me that the damaged Tad head was shipped off to Ohio for hair replacement. Hmm, wonder if that would work with real people.

Lincoln in museum








I really like the Lincoln figure. It’s also great to be able to get up close to study his features. Mr. Lincoln thought he was quite a homely man. He often made fun of his looks. I don’t see Lincoln that way at all. After seeing images of Lincoln all of my life it doesn’t even enter into my mind. What do you all think?

If you saw a man today that looked exactly the way Lincoln did ( and didn’t know anything about Lincoln), would you consider him ugly?

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6 Responses to “A Visit to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, Part One”

  1. Mary Jackson Taff says:

    When i was i child our class visited Lincolns home in Springfield I was in the fourth grade he was a wonderful man.
    Bill I have old pictures of great Grandmother Della I would like to share with you I dont know if you are on facebook but i would like to have your email address or maybe you can contact me thru email Thanks .

  2. Geoffrey says:

    The likeness to Lincoln is amazing.

  3. B. Nash says:

    I thought that was really funny too!

  4. B. Nash says:

    Thank you so much Ashlyn. I have much more coming. No one has ever commented that Lincoln looked like a Vulcan. I need to do a ‘mind-probe’ on that one!

  5. Ashlyn says:

    Great stuff Bill! I see your trip to Springfield was fruitful. I must admit, the last picture of Lincoln makes him look like a Vulcan! Lincoln was a man that truly lived for the needs of the many.:)

  6. Chris says:

    Wow they look like real people ha…hahahaha Tad had to get his head shipped. That was my favorite part.

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