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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's one thing to read about our country's 16th president; quite another to walk through his life.

"We start with Lincoln, the young boy who really has moved from Kentucky to Indiana. You see how crowded the conditions were," says Eileen Mackevich, Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

With each step you discover something new about Abraham Lincoln.

"He has a tremendous ambition and that's what you see in this museum," Mackevich adds.

You also meet some of the men and one woman who fought in the Civil War.

"You can understand the tremendous sacrifices that were made by very ordinary people," Mackevich says.

The Whispering Gallery you see just how cruel political cartoons could be. It's a collection with more than 50,000 items that rotate through the displays and allow you to experience the life and times of President Lincoln.

"Most importantly it's that you're going to be seeing an exhibit that's going to touch your heart," Mackevich goes on to say.

So take a road trip to Springfield, Illinois, the experience is one you won't soon forget.

Springfield, Illinois is about an hour and a half from downtown St. Louis. The museum is open daily and costs $12 for adults and $6 for children.

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