Celebrate Presidents’ Day at the Chicago History Museum

Meet Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln at the Chicago History Museum on Presidents' Day!
How would you like to celebrate Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20, by asking Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln what it was like to live in the White House, or by listening to a brass band play “Hail to the Chief”? We got the inside scoop on Chicago History Museum’s family-friendly celebration. Museum admission is free to everyone on Monday!

Abe Lincoln and his sonThe theme of this year’s celebration Kids in the White House invites children to imagine what it’s like to live in that famous residence as a “First Kid”, the son or daughter of a President. What would it be like to live in an historic home with 132 rooms; to have Secret Service agents to play with; or to meet important dignitaries from all over the world?  “We thought,” explains Ilana Bruton, Chicago History Museum Public Programs Coordinator, “that it was a fun and different take on the holiday,” which invites families to understand the Presidency from a kids-eye perspective.

“In the Service of Presidents’ Children”, presented at 11am and 12 noon, is an original performance geared toward elementary and middle school aged students, which portrays Secret Service Agents and cooks who work in the White House. The play travels through time, starting with Theodore Roosevelt’s family.

At 10:30 am, storyteller Gwen Hilary reads from President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters. The book, written for children ages 5 and up, pays tribute to thirteen Americans whose ideals have shaped our nation, from President George Washington, to painter Geogia O’Keefe and sports legend Jackie Robinson. Enoch Williams will accompany the reading and discussion with a selection of music.

Families will also have the chance, from 11am to 2pm, to meet Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln and ask them what challenges they faced as a family in the White House. The Chicago History Museum also houses historic Lincoln artifacts which you can see after the meet-and-greet.

Round-out your day with hands-on art activities, Patriotic face painting, and a concert at 1pm by Navy Band Great Lakes’ Brass Ambassadors. For a full schedule of the day’s festivities, visit the Chicago History Museum’s website.

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