SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Props and costumes from the Oscar-winning movie “Lincoln” are coming to Springfield.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum said Monday the pieces will debut in early 2014 across the street from the library at Union Station. The exhibit is called “Lincoln: From History to Hollywood” and will include Lincoln’s office, Mary Lincoln’s bedroom and dresses and Lincoln’s suit.
“When we visited for research on the film, it was our thought that there might be an opportunity to bring such an exhibit to Springfield, and that is now a reality,” director Steven Spielberg said in the library’s statement.
The items are on loan from Spielberg and Dreamworks Studios. They previously were on display in a Lincoln exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. Officials say the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation will pay to move the items from California to Illinois.
The exhibit is free for children and $5 for adults. Museum officials say they expect it to have an open-ended run in Springfield, remaining for “many years to come.”
“Lincoln” premiered in 2012 and won two Academy Awards: best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis’ portrayal of the president and best production design.
Other props on display will include a uniform worn by Lincoln’s son, a stethoscope, papers and magazines from Lincoln’s office and gloves worn by Day-Lewis.
“This is a case where history and Hollywood come together to everyone’s benefit,” said Amy Martin, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The agency
Presidential library and museum: http://www.illinois.gov/alplm/Pages/default.aspx
Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com