Lincoln Home National Historic Site preserves the Springfield, Illinois home and a historic district where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1844 to 1861, before becoming the 16th President of the United States. The presidential memorial includes the four blocks surrounding the home and a visitor center.
Discover the makings of America's most revered President in the Land of Lincoln.
Presidential history meets Americana in this central region of Illinois - home to more Abraham Lincoln sites than anywhere else in the country. Explore everything from Abe’s house and law offices to his must-see presidential museum.
Abraham Lincoln's original desk.
Abraham Lincoln prepared and wrote his first inaugural address as President of the United States in the third story of this building in January 1861.
Within these walls a great man rose to prominence to become the 16th president of the United States.
It was here Lincoln spoke the immortal words “A house divided against itself cannot stand…” – as the threat of a Civil War loomed.
Watch Illinois politics in action in this beautiful Renaissance Revival and Second Empire style building topped with a stunning 405-foot dome.
Detail of the dome interior.
Barack Obama served as a State Senator here from 1997-2004. And disgraced politician Rod Blagojevich was a State Representative from 1993-1997, before serving as Governor of Illinois from 2003 until 2009, when he was impeached and removed from office for trying to sell President Obama's vacant Senate seat.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is considered to be the first major Experience Museum. Designed, created and produced by BRC Imagination Arts, the museum combines priceless historical artifacts with BRC's innovative, contemporary storytelling technologies. Visitors are offered an engaging, emotional and educational experience through immersive, "you-are-there" exhibits.
At the end of an otherwise routine meeting, Lincoln surprised his cabinet by reading his draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. He told them that his mind was made up on what it was going to say and that he simply wanted their input on how best to implement the Proclamation. The Proclamation freed slaves in enemy territory and was sure to be controversial. After listening to his cabinet's comments, Lincoln decided to wait before issuing the document to the public.
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858
The Lincoln-Douglas debates were a series of formal political debates between the challenger, Abraham Lincoln, and the incumbent, Stephen A. Douglas, in a campaign for one of Illinois' two United States Senate seats. Although Lincoln lost the election, these debates launched him into national prominence which eventually led to his election as President of the United States.
Lincoln and Douglas agreed to debate in seven of the nine Illinois Congressional Districts; the seven where Douglas had not already spoken. In each debate either Douglas or Lincoln would open with an hour address. The other would then speak for an hour and a half. The first then had 30 minutes of rebuttal. In the seven debates, Douglas, as the incumbent, was allowed to go first four times.
Spectacular and intimate ... breathtaking views ... dazzling amenities ... and a staggering array of special features! These are just a few things you can find in your experience at Target Field, the world class home of Twins Territory.
The Minneapolis skyline can be viewed from the terrace level along the 3rd base side.
Joe Mauer’s 3-run pinch homer lifts Twins to 5-4 win over Tigers on August 16, 2018.
The name "Twins" was derived from the popular name of the region, the Twin Cities. Team owner Calvin Griffith was determined not to alienate fans in either city by naming the team after one city or the other, so his desire was to name the team the "Twin Cities Twins", however, MLB objected.
Griffith, therefore, named the team the Minnesota Twins. The team's logo shows two men, one in a Minneapolis Millers uniform ("Minnie") and one in a St. Paul Saints uniform ("Paul"), shaking hands across the Mississippi River.
Mall of America is more than a shopping mall near the Twin Cities. It’s over 520 stores full of tax-free shopping and 50 restaurants full of delicious food. It’s Nickelodeon Universe, the LEGO Store, SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, FlyOver America, Crayola Experience, and more – all under one roof. Most of all, it’s an unforgettable experience. And it’s all right here in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Come see what’s in store in the nation's largest shopping and entertainment destination!
Pepsi's Orange Streak. This coaster streaks down a twisting, turning track, leaving nothing but screams and startled pedestrians in its wake.
Thousands of people visit the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary every year to view and learn about black bears, their behavior, habitat needs and life cycles.
Many years ago, a humble Minnesota logger made a decision that would greatly affect black bears and the attitudes people have towards this often misunderstood animal. It was then that Vince Shute chose to stop shooting the bears that broke into his cabins. He tried a more peaceful approach and the strategy worked – no more break-ins. Vince claimed, “the bears aren’t mean, just hungry!” Thus, began Vince’s long and celebrated life with black bears in a tiny corner of the north woods near Orr, Minnesota.
Generations of black bears still visit his former homestead, now designated as the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary. The American Bear Association, a non-profit organization, was formed to manage the sanctuary in order to promote a better understanding of the black bear through education, observation and experience. Vince Shute’s final wish has become a reality – peaceful coexistence between humans and bears. All of the bears are free-roaming; they come and go at will through clover meadows, cool cedar swamps and pine forest.
The Minnesota State Capitol was designed by influential architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1905. It features the second largest self-supporting marble dome in the world as well as stunning decorative and fine art pieces.
The Minnesota State Capitol is widely acknowledged as one of the Midwest's most spectacular buildings and one of the five most beautiful state capitols in the United States.
Minnesota Senate Chamber. Sixty-seven senators are elected for four-year terms. The President of the Senate is elected by the Senate members and presides over the body when in session. The Senate officers and the President of the Senate sit at the front of the chamber. Two electronic voting boards record senators’ votes. On the side walls are murals by Edwin Blashfield that represent the importance of agriculture, patriotism, and the Mississippi River in the state’s history. Above the dais is a public viewing area that can be accessed during legislative session from the third floor.
House of Representatives Chamber. This chamber, the largest in the building, is used not only for regular House sessions, but also for joint sessions of the legislature. The 134 representatives are elected for two years. The Speaker of the House sits at the topmost desk. The ceiling, one example of many decorative areas in the capitol, was designed by Elmer E. Garnsey, the director of decorations during the original construction. The four names on the ceiling — LaSalle, Hennepin, Perrot and Duluth — honor early French explorers in the Northwest. Public galleries, which may be entered from the third floor, face the sculpture group in the front titled Minnesota: The Spirit of Government, a 1938 addition designed by Carlos Brioschi.
Governor's Reception Room
This room is ornately decorated with white oak woodwork and plaster of Paris symbols of Minnesota overlaid with gold-tinted metal leaf. In the center of the room is an original hand-carved mahogany table designed by Cass Gilbert. It is placed amid other historic furniture. Paintings of scenes from Minnesota's involvement in the Civil War adorn the walls. In 1984, this was the first room in the capitol to be restored to its original appearance. During the 2013-2017 restoration, a reproduction of the original carpet was installed to complement the original furniture and artwork. As a functioning workspace for meetings and press conferences throughout the year, its availability may be limited day-to-day.
Cleveland has a strong history of innovation and traditional manufacturing. Over the years, the city has built on this tradition to become a center of advanced manufacturing - industries ranging from flexible electronics to biomedical devices.
Professional baseball in Cleveland is one of the city's oldest traditions, dating back to 1869. There is a passionate connection between the city of Cleveland and the Indians, and the franchise has appeared in numerous movies and television shows over the years, including the Major League films.
Since 1994, the Cleveland Indians have played their home games at Progressive Field, an urban ballpark in the truest sense, both architecturally and aesthetically. Built within the physical boundaries of three main streets in downtown Cleveland, Progressive Field offers an intimate environment with the fans' "total experience" in mind.
In 1994, The Shawshank Redemption opened in theaters across the United States and earned seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor (Morgan Freeman) and Best Picture.
From a novella by best selling author Stephen King came a poignant tale of the human spirit. Red (Freeman), serving a life sentence, and Andy Dufresne (Robbins), a mild-mannered banker wrongly convicted of murder, forge an unlikely bond that will span more than twenty years. Together they discover hope as the ultimate means of survival.
My Shawshank Trail began at the famous Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, which was used as a fictional penitentiary set in New England called the Shawshank State Prison. Take the "History Meets Hollywood Tour," where you'll see Warden Norton's office, Andy's office, and the Parole Board room. Walk through Brooks' hotel room to see a special surprise from the movie on display. You can even see Andy Dufresne's escape tunnel!
Brooks: [in letter] Dear fellas, I can't believe how fast things move on the outside. I saw an automobile once when I was a kid, but now they're everywhere. The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry. The parole board got me into this halfway house called "The Brewer" and a job bagging groceries at the Foodway. It's hard work and I try to keep up, but my hands hurt most of the time.
Warden Samuel Norton: [as he hands Andy's bible back to him] Salvation lies within.
[Warden Norton finds the Bible in his safe after Andy escapes and finds the message Andy left for him]
Andy Dufresne: Dear Warden, You were right. Salvation lay within.
History roars to life at the Harley-Davidson Museum. It’s the best of American design and culture – seasoned with freedom and rebellion, showcased in a landmark building.
A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations.
See literally everything that comes together to create a classic Harley-Davidson® Knucklehead motorbike. Rev up excitement on the interactive engine wall.
1906 Model 2 Atmospheric Valve Single
The Motor Company's reputation for durability and performance helped Harley-Davidson stand out in an increasingly crowded field of competitors. Model 2 design features included the "loop" frame and new, larger flywheels. As a brochure for the bike explained, "We have not endeavored to see how cheap we could make it, but how good."
Showcased along this wall are some of the most iconic Harley-Davidson tanks ever designed and customized since 1903. Each is a piece of Harley history, a work of art in its own right, and an example of the deep-rooted creative freedom Harley-Davidson motorcycles inspire. Stroll the gallery and enjoy the best tanks from our past, our latest designs, and commissioned one-of-a-kind creations by noted artists.
The Historic Third Ward is one of the city’s creative hubs, home to art galleries and studios in former warehouses, and performing arts venues like the Broadway Theater Center. Restaurants are upscale and trendy, and patio dining is popular. Indie boutiques sell fashion and homeware, while the indoor Milwaukee Public Market has produce, cheese and fish vendors. Henry W. Maier Festival Park hosts events and concerts.
Welcome to Milwaukee's most unique downtown food destination! Bursting with unique, high quality selections of artisan ethnic products, and freshly-made prepared foods, you’re sure to enjoy shopping the independent merchants of the Milwaukee Public Market.
The Basilica of St. Josaphat is a ministry of the Conventual Franciscans on the South Side of Milwaukee in Historic Lincoln Village. The Basilica is a Franciscan center for prayer and spirituality, inspiration and beauty. It is home to a vibrant Roman Catholic parish and remains a testament to the faith of the Polish immigrants that created it. We invite you to join us for a visit, a tour, for worship or in prayer.
The Basilica epitomizes the striving of early Polish immigrants to express their ethnic heritage, spiritual devotion, and patriotic pride by building impressive houses of worship.
The first Poles came to Milwaukee in the 1840s, but their numbers did not become significant until after the Civil War. By the late 1800s, Polish immigrants were streaming into Milwaukee by the thousands, quickly becoming the second largest ethnic group in the nation’s most German city. In 1866, thirty Polish families established Saint Stanislaus Parish on Milwaukee’s South Side as the first urban Polish parish in the United States.
Saint Josaphat Parish was formed in 1888 as an offshoot of Saint Stanislaus Parish and subsequently became the largest Polish parish in Wisconsin. Its first home was a modest building that burned to the ground in 1889. The parish built a second church but it was too small for its needs.
This burgeoning immigrant community desired to construct a church to meet the needs of its more than 12,000 parishioners in the late 19th century. Ground was broken in 1896 and the new building would be finished in 1901.
The beautiful Milwaukee skyline as viewed from Veterans Park.
Miller Park - where a fan upon encountering the brick facade and structural elegance can't help but feel the reincarnation of baseball's romantic past. Intimate proximity to the players, natural grass, and a unique configuration separates this ballpark from any in the world.
An icon to baseball fans in Wisconsin, Robin Yount spent his entire 20-year career with the Brewers. Produced more hits than any other Major Leaguer during the 1980s, finishing his career with a franchise-best 3,142 hits.
Two-time A.L. MVP Winner (1982 and 1989), becoming the third player in MLB history to win the award at separate positions (shortstop and outfield). Retired as the franchise's al... See More
The team that would become the Brewers was founded in 1969 in Seattle as the Pilots. After an inaugural season that was unsuccessful both financially and on the baseball diamond, the franchise was moved to Milwaukee (which had been home to the Braves baseball franchise from 1953 to 1965), where it took on the name of a long-standing local minor league team, the Brewers. The Brewers struggled initially, posting a losing record in each of their first eight seasons in Milwaukee. The arrival of future Hall of Fame shortstop Robin Yount in 1974 heralded the beginning of a slow turnaround for the Brewers, which was further bolstered in 1978 by the debut of another future Hall of Famer, infielder–designated hitter Paul Molitor. The Brewers ran off three consecutive winning seasons before claiming their first division title in 1981. They won their only AL pennant the following year, advancing to the World Series, where they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.
Frederick Miller settled in Milwaukee in 1855 with a special brewer's yeast and an ambition to brew "confoundedly good beers." For 160 years, MillerCoors has done just that. From the introduction of Miller High Life in 1903, to the debut of the Original Light Beer with Miller Lite, Miller Brewing Company has been a leader in the brewing industry throughout its proud history. To this day, Miller beers are brewed with the same yeast strain Frederick Miller carried with him from Germany all those years ago, and Miller Brewing Company is still proud to call Milwaukee home.