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    February 01, 2018
    Event:  “Celebrate Illinois: 200 Years in the Land of Lincoln” bicentennial exhibition press conference & media exhibition walkthrough
    Date & Time:  Fri., Feb. 2, 10 a.m.
    Location:  Peoria Riverfront Museum · 222 S.W. Washington St. · Peoria, Ill.
    Peoria Riverfront Museum will hold a press conference and media walkthrough Feb. 2, 10 a.m., prior to the opening of a comprehensive exhibition celebrating the Illinois bicentennial, “Celebrate Illinois: 200 Years in the Land of Lincoln.” The exhibition opens to the public Feb. 3. 10 a.m.
    The press conference will be led by museum CEO John D. Morris and will include remarks by Executive Director of the Governor's Office of the Illinois Bicentennial Stuart Layne, Rep. Tim Butler of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, Illinois State Senator David Koehler and museum curators.
    Museum Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, Bill Conger, and Assistant Curator of History, Lottie Phillips, who is also the exhibition’s curator, will be on hand for questions during the exhibition walkthrough.
    The exhibition, which was curated by the museum and privately funded, tells the story of the state’s past to present through more than 240 historic objects. It is the largest self-curated exhibition in Peoria history, both in size, 16,000 sq. ft. and number of artifacts displayed.
    Objects on display in the exhibition include: a cufflink that President Abraham Lincoln was wearing the night he was assassinated, White House desk and chair at which Lincoln purportedly wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, belt buckle from Ulysses S. Grant’s Galena home, Ronald Reagan’s Eureka College diploma and 1957 Golden Globe Award, pen used by President Barack Obama to sign his first executive order, 1995 World Series hat signed by Peoria native Jim Thome Hall of Fame, Eureka native Ben Zobrist’s batting helmet and gloves worn during 2016 World Series Game 7 10th inning , John Deere's original plow, invented in 1837, Caterpillar’s first diesel engine, “Old Betsy,” made in 1930, artifacts from Chicago native Walt Disney, chairs by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies Van Der Rohe, memorabilia from Peorians Betty Freidan, Susan G. Komen and Richard Pryor, and items from the Galesburg abolitionists behind the first Illinois Underground Railroad.
    Objects in the exhibition include those on loan from: National Park Service and Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Chicago Historical Society, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Illinois State Museum, Jane Addams-Hull House Museum, Knox College Archives (Seymour Library) and Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Carl Sandburg Historic Home,  Eureka College, Elmhurst College, Dirksen Congressional Center, Bradley University Archives, McHenry County Historical Society, Galena History Museum, General  John A. Logan Museum, St. Clair County Historical Museum, Western Illinois Museum, Ray LaHood, Nancy Brinker, Carl Soderstrom and the Zobrist Family.
    The exhibition is included with standard museum admission: $11 adults, $10 seniors (60+), $9 youth (3-17). For more information or tickets call 309.686.7000 or visit RiverfrontMuseum.org.