Abraham Lincoln: His Life and Legacy

Season 1 Episode 8

High Tech Lincoln

Aired Unknown Unknown on The History Channel
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For years, Hollywood special-effects wizards worked with historians and museum specialists to create a new way to experience history. Join us for an unforgettable tour of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. The facility spreads over 200,000 square-feet and houses the Illinois State Historical Library's 12-million items, such as the Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, and Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Speech. Historical archives are presented alongside state-of-the-art technology, including a holographic "Ghost of Lincoln"; a Special Effects Theater, where six historical figures present their views on the 16th President; stunningly lifelike figures of Abe and family; and recreations of Lincoln's log cabin and the White House. Features comments from author Gore Vidal and museum director Richard Norton Smith, who has said, "In size, in scope and, above all, in imagination, this institution dwarfs anything that exists."moreless

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