Kibbe Museum open for 2012; date set for Lincoln exhibit premiere

Kibbe Museum volunteers are busy preparing a whole new look for the museum with the addition of the Lincoln memorabilia in an exhibit called “Lincoln: The Making of a Man.” The building that formally housed the City of Carthage offices has been completely renovated to trace the cultural influences of Lincoln’s life — pioneer farming, law practice, medicine, politics — to the Presidency and the way his tragic death plunged our whole nation into mourning. The Grand Opening of the Lincoln exhibit is Saturday, April 14.

Although this is the newest exhibit, it’s not all you will see when you visit The Kibbe Museum. The Carthage College exhibit has been expanded and includes features on Alice Kibbe and Don Forseythe, former president of Kiwanis International, founder of Circle K, and trustee for the college.  There are also countless other points of interest in this very large museum. No matter if you’re interested in the needlework our ancestors created, or how they farmed, or our local men and women in the armed forces, you will find a living history of our local area.

The museum is open now on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m, or by advance appointment. Museum staff are also taking reservations for school and group tours. The museum may be contacted at 217-357-9552 or at


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