There's no record of Abraham Lincoln riding a bike, but a presentation by the staff of the presidential museum in Springfield did include a little backpedaling.
Exhibits manager Dave Bourland, explaining to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency board that part of the museum – the Illinois Gallery – was meant to be a home for temporary and traveling exhibits and will be closed “every January and February for redesign and reinstallation of our new exhibits, which will run March through the end of December every year.”
February? The month Abe Lincoln was born? That's when Nadine O'Leary, ALPLM's acting director, jumped in to clarify.
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“He said January and February. It could be the first week of February. We will never not have displays and exhibits and programming and school kids on Lincoln's birthday,” which is Feb. 12.
The ALPLM's chief financial officer, Ed Harmeyer, told the board the budget request would be flat from the current year's request of about $14 million.
Kirk Davidsmeyer, who works with the historic sites, reported attendance for the first half of 2015 is down about ten percent compared to the same period a year ago, blaming reduced hours. The Galena, Fort du Chartres, Fort Kaskaskia, Mount Pulaski, and Black Hawk sites were up.