The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is inviting first responders and healthcare workers to visit the museum free of charge on Sept. 11 in recognition of the important work they do.

Police and paramedics, soldiers and ER nurses, firefighters, and dispatchers – they all work hard to keep people safe. On the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, they can visit a museum dedicated to a president who kept the nation safe. They simply need to present an employer ID.

The offer of free admission is one in a series of “Abe Appreciation” events where the ALPLM recognizes people and organizations that contribute to the community. Other groups honored include teachers and workers in the tourism and hospitality industry.

“Throughout the Civil War, President Lincoln offered the nation’s thanks to soldiers for their ‘skill, endurance and dauntless courage.’ Those same words apply to today’s first responders and medical personnel who step up to help others during times of crisis,” said ALPLM Executive Director Christina Shutt. “I’m glad we can thank them in a small way by inviting them to learn more about President Lincoln’s legacy.”

The mission of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is to inspire civic engagement through the diverse lens of Illinois history and sharing with the world the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. They pursue this mission through a combination of rigorous scholarship and high-tech showmanship built on the bedrock of the ALPLM’s unparalleled collection of historical materials – some 13 million items from all eras of Illinois history.

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