Friday, June 26, 2009

Trip to Springfield

Last Wednesday (our p-day) we went to Springfield with several other couples to see the Lincoln sites. What a marvelous day. The Lincoln museum is like no other that I have ever seen! We were there for 6 hours and could have stayed another 6, but needed to get back. It is about a 2 1/2 drive from Nauvoo, so it took all day. We didn't get home until 11:00 that night and then had to be at the Temple the next morning at 6:00! It was worth it though.
Lincoln's Home in Springfield where he lived before he went to Washington DC to become President. His only living son donated this to the State with the stipulation that they would maintain it and keep it open for free tours . It was very interesting and our guide was very knowledgable.

This is the street where he lived. They have maintained the entire street so it looks just like it did 150 years ago. This year is the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, so they are celebrating a lot in Springfield

The main bedroom. How do you like the wallpaper?!! I could never sleep in that! This was what the original looked like too!

The small compared to the kitchens of today.

The Parlor

Back yard by the water pump. This is a couple of our missionaries.....Elder Eickbush and Elder Mills

Lincoln's tomb

There were all these statues of Lincoln inside the tomb. I thought this one was especially interesting because he looked so sad....and apparently he was sad much of his life. He lost his mother when he was just a young boy....was very poor...had to work 16-18 hours a day on his father's farm and his father never really showed him any affection His first love died . He had a stormy courtship with Mary Todd who became his wife. Three of his 4 children (all sons) died before at age 5 and one at 11. He suffered a lot of criticism from the press and a lot of the people when he became President. His presidential years were consumed with the Civil War, and all that sorrow. And then only a few days after the end of the war....when he maybe could have enjoyed life....he was assassinated!!

In the center of the tomb where he is buried. We should have been looking more sad, I think:)

Some of our group inside the tomb.

Right as we were leaving, they were lowering the flag for the day. I thought this was a cool picture with the tomb in the background. Everyone was standing quietly with their hands over their hearts in respect. It was touching.

I thought this was an impressive monument. This was for a former governor of the State of Illinios

Sister Phillips and Elder Eickbush

In the museum you could only take pictures in the foyer, not inside any of the exhibits! And there was SO much in side. They had all these wax figures depicting different times in Lincoln's life. There were probably 15-20 different events including the Ford Theatre where he was shot. By the time you got through it all, you felt like you really had been there at that time. In the big foyer, when you first walk in there is the replica of his log cabin on one side and then the White House on the other side. This is Mary Todd inside the White House, but I had to take the picture standing outside.

These figures on the porch of the White House are John Wilkes Booth who shot Lincoln and General Lee and General McClellan

The Lincoln family in front of the White House with us joining them in back.

The family again...their one son had already died in Springfield at age 5.

By the log cabin and the figure of Lincoln as a boy

The Log Cabin....there were about 8-10 different exhibits inside this.

Besides all the exhibits, there were plays and movies you could watch about him. This one was called "Lincoln's Eyes" and was amazing....the special effects unbelievable.

This is the old State Capitol where Lincoln served. There are tours in there also, but we didn't have time to tour it. It was a full day, but very informative and actually very spiritual. We really felt Lincoln was foreordained to do what he did, just as Joseph Smith was. It is interesting to see the similarities in their lives also They don't know if the two ever met, but they probably did when Joseph Smith was brought to Springfield to be tried for the attempted murder of Governor Boggs.

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Sarah Evans said...

What an amazing trip. What a blessing to be able to see it. Thanks for sharing. I felt a piece of being there!