SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - A new exhibit opened Friday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library celebrating the lives and legacies of the four United States presidents with roots in Illinois, which is part of the state's 2018 bicentennial Celebration.
The library's executive director, Alan Lowe, officially cut the ribbon welcoming visitors to "From Illinois to the White House: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama," which will run for the rest of the year.
Governor Bruce Rauner toured the exhibit, calling it both humbling and inspiring.
"From Illinois to the White House" takes a look at the connections of those four presidents to Illinois, their political achievements, and the first ladies who helped them succeed. Visitors can see rare artifacts gathered from institutions across the country such as the table where Lee surrendered to future president Ulysses S. Grant in the Civil War, the note cards from President Reagan's "Tear Down This Wall" speech, the Grammy that President Barack Obama won for the audio-book version of "Dreams from my Father," the Bible that Grant rested his head on after his death, a love letter from Reagan's wife Nancy, and Obama's notes from his "Bloody Sunday" speech in Selma.