Museum now offers app for 16th president

2013-02-13T03:01:00Z Museum now offers app for 16th presidentBy HANNAH DOUGLAS - H&R Springfield Bureau Writer Herald-Review.com

SPRINGFIELD — Abraham Lincoln won’t just show his face on the copper penny or $5 bill anymore. The nation’s 16th president is now also available in an app.

On Tuesday, President Lincoln’s 204th birthday anniversary, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and AT&T officially launched the Abe App, with additional funding from a private donor.

“The demand for more information on Lincoln continues to grow, and we want to meet that demand in the easiest and most accessible way possible,” Phyllis Evans, director of membership at the foundation, told reporters Tuesday during a news conference in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

The application features daily Lincoln facts and quizzes, and provides a photo tour of the museum with added sound effects, such as Lincoln’s office clock and dinner bell.

Users can access the museum’s gift shop website through the app as well as donate $5 to the museum and receive an electronic issue of the foundation’s magazine.

Evans said the app could also be made accessible for teachers as an educational tool and updated for later use for members.

The app has already been downloaded by users in China, Russia and Romania, among others.

“Everyone can use a daily reminder of all that Abraham Lincoln accomplished for the nation,” said Amy Martin, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which operates the library and museum.

The app is available for free for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. It can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/AbeApple and http://bit.ly/AbeDroid.

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