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    December 04, 2017
    Event:  Illinois Bicentennial Exhibition to Open February
    Date & Time:  Feb. 3 - June 3, 2018
    Location:  Peoria Riverfront Museum · 222 S.W. Washington St. · Peoria, Ill.
    Peoria Riverfront Museum announces the opening of a major exhibition on the Illinois Bicentennial next February 3. The exhibition, “Celebrate Illinois: 200 Years in the Land of Lincoln,” Feb. 3 through June 3,  will feature more than 100 Illinois artifacts, such as the cufflink that President Abraham Lincoln wore the night he was assassinated and other statewide and Central Illinois items.
    For the past few months museum curators have been gathering Illinois objects and their stories, working closely with the National Park Service and Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, which loaned the cufflink, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Illinois State Museum, and Knox College archives and Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
    The museum recently became an official partner with the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, “Illinois 200,” and is the first museum to be an affiliate, as well as to host a major bicentennial exhibition.
    "The Peoria Riverfront Museum is proud to be the first in Illinois to comprehensively celebrate the bicentennial with a spotlight on amazing Illinois personalities and objects that tell stories,” said John D. Morris, “our history curator, Lottie Phillips, has diligently worked for many months to gather the incredible array of objects that offer inspiration for the people of Illinois today."
    Earlier this fall, the museum installed the 31-ft. bronze Lincoln sculpture, “Return Visit,” facing the Illinois River, with the assistance of local businesses and individuals, to usher in the Illinois Bicentennial. The sculpture is on loan from the Seward Johnson Foundation through October.
    For more information on the exhibition or about the museum, call 309.686.7000 or visit RiverfrontMuseum.org. Exhibition link: http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/exhibits-collections/exhibits/celebrate-illinois-200-years-in-the-land-of-lincoln
    Riverfront Museum
    Peoria Riverfront Museum is a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit museum of art, science, history and achievement overlooking the Illinois River. The AAM-accredited, Smithsonian-affiliated museum – the only multidisciplinary museum of its kind in the nation – features international exhibitions, interactive galleries, a dome planetarium, giant screen theater and robust programming designed to provide inspirational, hands-on educational experiences to visitors of all ages. The museum’s “Every Student Initiative,” created in partnership with Peoria Public Schools curricula, provides an annual museum experience for all K-8 students. The mission of the museum’s Board of Directors and staff is to inspire lifelong learning for all – connecting art, history, science and achievement through collections, exhibitions and programs. For more information visit RiverfrontMuseum.org.