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Movies Under the Dome: Young Mr. Lincoln

Tuesday, February 14
Starts at 7:00 PM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

Movies Under the Dome: Young Mr. Lincoln

Wondering about what to do this Valentine’s Day? Looking to think outside the box…of chocolates? Then invite your valentine via a romantic custom conversation heart (may we suggest, Go dome with me?) to the Museum for the third installment of Movies Under the Dome! Join your fellow love birds and Lincoln enthusiasts on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m., in the Museum’s Governor Fifer Courtroom for a showing of the 1939 classic Young Mr. Lincoln, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda as the nation’s future sixteenth president. This program is free and open to the public.

Set in the 1830s, the film explores the tragic story of young Mr. Lincoln’s first love­­— Ann Rutledge, his later decisions to move to Springfield and become a lawyer, and the struggles he endured defending two brothers against a murder charge in his very first trial. Though a work of historical fiction, many of the key people in Lincoln’s life, including the future First Lady Mary Todd, played by Marjorie Weaver, make an appearance in the film.

Prior to the program attendees will be able to explore the Museum’s newest permanent exhibit, Abraham Lincoln in McLean County. The exhibit explores Lincoln’s work as an attorney in McLean County and on the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit, illustrates his pivotal role in the anti-slavery movement and the formation of the new Republican Party in Illinois, and makes clear the circumstances of his nomination for president in 1860. The exhibit also features revealing reminiscences from the residents of McLean County that highlight the lasting connections Lincoln made with the people of this community. Rarely seen, Lincoln-related artifacts from the Museum’s archival and object collections will also be on display before and after the film. During a short intermission, local historian and author Guy Fraker will speak briefly about Lincoln’s connection to McLean County and the lasting impact its residents had on him.

To kick off your romantic evening under the dome, the Museum encourages you to dine at one of the variety of restaurants in Downtown Bloomington before the show! Make a reservation at your favorite eatery or visit the Downtown Bloomington Association’s website at for a complete list of spots for you and your date to muse on all matters of love and Lincoln. There will also be a Valentine themed photo booth and drawing for prizes!

Young Mr. Lincoln is rated PG. Canned soda, bottled water, and popcorn will be available for purchase before the film.For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department at or 309-827-0428.

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