'Lincoln' movie exhibit opens in Illinois Jan. 17
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Costumes, furniture and other props used in Steven Spielberg's 2012 film "Lincoln" are set to go on display in Springfield next month.
The items are being featured in an exhibit — "Lincoln: History to Hollywood" — that opens Jan. 17 at Union Station, which is across the street from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
It includes dresses worn by Sally Field, who played Marry Todd Lincoln, as well as a vignette of the first lady's bedroom set. There are also items used on the set for Lincoln's office and a uniform worn by Lincoln's son, maps, toy soldiers, papers and magazines from Lincoln's office as well as gloves worn by actor Daniel Day-Lewis, according to a report (http://bit.ly/1cTokad ) in The (Springfield) State Journal-Register.
The newspaper reports that all the pieces in the collection are on loan from Spielberg and DreamWorks Studios.
"Everything in here was on screen at some point in the film," said Adam Scott, a coordinator in DreamWorks' archives, who's been in Springfield helping to set up the exhibit.
They previously were on display in a Lincoln exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. Officials have said the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation paid to move the items from California to Illinois.
"We're trying to give people two different insights into history," said Chris Wills, director of communications and public affairs for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. "We want people to think about the process of turning historical events into entertainment and the care and detail that goes into these movies."
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 "several years."
"Lincoln" won two Academy Awards, including best actor for Day-Lewis' portrayal of the president and for best production design.
The film focused on Lincoln's efforts to pass a constitutional amendment outlawing slavery.
Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com