Great American Songbook

    The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate a musical legacy with an event Oct. 3. Singer Ollie Watts Davis will perform some of the greatest songs by America’s Jewish writers, and Broadway historian Laurence Maslon will explain the origins and impact of this music.
    The audience will also get the chance to tour the presidential library’s new exhibit, “With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews.” Including photos, artifacts and original documents, this exhibit explores Lincoln’s attitudes toward the nation’s small but fast-growing Jewish population during the Civil War era.
    The museum will open at 7:30 p.m. for this free event, and the performance starts at 8 p.m. Reserve your seat by visiting and clicking on “special event reservations” or by calling (217) 558-8934.

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