Schools in five Illinois counties can apply for financial help visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, thanks to the generosity of the John Ullrich Foundation. The grants are open to schools from Coles, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt counties. They will help pay transportation costs and admission fees for students in grades 4-12 to visit between March 23 and June 30. Schools can apply for the John Ullrich Foundation Field Trip Initiative grants by visiting http://bit.ly/UlrichGrantApp2020. The application deadline is January 31.

The students will be able to enjoy the presidential library’s permanent exhibits and theater presentations about Lincoln’s life, as well as displays of rare artifacts and an exhibition of art about Lincoln. They will also be visiting during the special exhibit “Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America,” which examines times when Americans were threatened by enemies within the United States borders. “It’s a wonderful time to visit, and the John Ullrich Foundation deserves a round of applause for making that easier for some students,” said Melissa Coultas, acting executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

The museum also helps schools afford visits by offering free admission to student groups from June through February each year. John Ullrich was a prominent Decatur businessman and landowner in Lincoln’s era. The foundation that bears his name was established in 1989 to assist the people of five central Illinois counties.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to telling the story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology. It also serves as the state historical library. The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln material, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to other aspects of Illinois history. The museum uses exhibits, eye-catching social effects and innovative s tory-telling to educate and inspire visitors from around the world.

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