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As One Exhibit Closes, Another Opens At ALPLM

The music exhibit that is being displayed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will be coming to an end. The last day to see the exhibit, “The State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois” is January 23rd.  The exhibit was created to explore the state’s impact on music history, from gospel to rock to jazz. 


There are many items on display in the exhibit including a double-necked guitar from Rick Nielsen with Cheap Trick, a red trumpet played by Miles Davis, a jumpsuit owned by Curtis Mayfield, a Cubs jacket that belonged to Steve Goodman, and much, much more. 


Christina Shutt, library and museum’s executive director, says that the ALPLM was honored to have those items in their care. She says tens of thousands of people got to enjoy them and expand their appreciation of music history.  


The State of Sound exhibit opened on April 30th in the Illinois Gallery, an area that focuses on Illinois history.  It features 13 mini-documentaries explaining Illinois’ contributions to different music genres and there is also a working studio where artists and radio stations both worked out of. There were special music events, a podcast, and playlists of extraordinary music with Illinois roots.


You can find more details on this exhibit by visiting www.musicfromillinois.com. 


Up next for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will be an exhibit on the Holocaust called “Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory.”  The exhibit was created by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center and opens March 23rd and will run through January 22, 2023. 


This exhibit will showcase more than 60 personal artifacts brought to America by survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. Some items on display will include such ordinary things as a baby doll and a black suitcase to a cookbook, and a wedding announcement.  Some of the places these artifacts have come from include Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Iraq, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Syria. 


For more information visit www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov or find out more on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. 

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