1964 & 1965 Official Guidebook Entries


The description of this exhibit from the 1964 Official Guide Book

Cover- 1964 Guidebook

The description of this exhibit from the 1965 Official Guide Book

Cover - 1965 Guidebook

The location of this exhibit on the 1964 Official Souvenir Map

Cover - 1964 Official Souvenir Map

ILLINOIS

The state that Abraham Lincoln called home displays the largest collection of Lincolniana ever assembled for an international exposition, including copies of every known photo of the 16th President, and an original manuscript of the Gettysburg Address. In addition, Walt Disney has created a life-sized animated figure that looks, acts and speaks like Lincoln. It performs in the 500-seat Lincoln Theater where, from time to time, national and international personalities are scheduled to discuss the influence of the prairie President. Other special events are also planned.

* Admission: free. 
* Walt Disney Lincoln figure performs five times every hour.
Highlights
DISNEY'S LINCOLN. With mannerisms characteristic of the great Civil War President, the animated figure recites excerpts from Lincoln's speeches on liberty, civil rights and freedom. Dimensions for the figure duplicate the physical statistics found in biographies; the facial features were taken from Lincoln's life mask. The figure is capable of more than 250,000 combinations of action, including smiles, frowns and gestures. The program, called "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln," will be suspended when special events are held in the theater.
THE YEARS OF LINCOLN. A restoration of the Hill-McNamara store in New Salem, Lincoln's first Illinois home town, is located in the pavilion area. Among the other displays are a head of Lincoln by the great sculptor Gutzon Borglum, a new statue of Lincoln on horseback and many documents and papers. A historical reference library is available for visitors to see.
PLEASURES OF THE STATE. Throughout the pavilion and in the adjacent courtyard and garden areas, displays and information centers extol the state's vacation facilities, from the Illinois Ozarks to the great city of Chicago.

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ILLINOIS

The highlight of a collection of Lincolniana and state lore is Walt Disney's moving, talking figure of Abe Lincoln himself.

In addition to the life-sized animated figure and various other Lincoln sculptures, exhibits include every known photo of the 16th President and an original copy of the Gettysburg Address.

DISNEY'S LINCOLN. After watching a brief sound and slide presentation, "The Illinois Story," visitors enter a comfortable theater where the figure of Lincoln rises from its chair and recites excerpts from some of the speeches of the Civil War President. The figure is capable of more than 250,000 combinations of actions, including gestures, smiles and frowns; the facial features were taken from Lincoln's life mask.

THE LINCOLN YEARS. On view are a restoration of a store in New Salem, Lincoln's first Illinois hometown; a copy of a head of Lincoln by sculptor Gutzon Borglum; a new equestrian statue; and a complete collection of Lincoln photographs and papers. A historical reference library is available for visitor's use.

ILLINOIS VACATIONS. Displays extol the state's vacation facilities, from Chicago to the Ozarks.

Admission: free. The Lincoln figure performs five times every hour.

7.15.03

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The story of the Illinois "Land of Lincoln" Pavilion at the New York World's Fair is not only about the legacy of a great American President on display. It is the story of the legacy of a great American dreamer. For it is the magic of Walt Disney that makes the Illinois Pavilion memorable at the Fair. It is the story of "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln." Historian Eric Paddon takes a look back at this remarkable exhibit.

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