A new, expanded version of the Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College aims to give visitors greater insight into the 16th president's personal side, according to museum curator Ron Keller. A new audio-visual display emphasizes Lincoln's character traits. Keller says he hopes the museum will encourage visitors to look at their own lives through the prism of Lincoln's experiences.
"Our motto here is learn from Lincoln, live like Lincoln. How do you live your life? How do you emulate the character qualities Lincoln did; the intellect, the perseverence, the ambition, the vision, all those sort of things?"
Keller says the new two-story museum offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the life of the 16th president with interactive storytelling. Keller says the aim is to go beyond the 'traditional Lincoln story."
"So you see a table at which Lincoln learned in New Salem. But, you also understand the impact of that; the fact that Lincoln is a self educated man and that he learns at this table with a tutor and that gives rise to his greatness with words, with argumentation and philosophy that he views and his law career."
The expanded Heritage Museum is located in Lincoln Center on the northeast corner of the Lincoln College campus in Lincoln. The grand opening of the Heritage Museum is Saturday, April 26. There will be free tours from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m.
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