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The amount of information available at Springfield's numerous museums can be overwhelming. Taking time to read up on the history of this area can serve as helpful before you head to the attractions themselves.
There are many great options for reading up on the life of the 16th president. One to consider checking out is "Abraham Lincoln" by Thomas Keneally. Keneally was the author of what became the Academy award winning movie, Schindler's List. Although Australian born, Keneally's great piece of work will fill in whatever gaps one may have of the incredible history of this great American president. But, when it comes to books, why not also browse the impressive collection available upon arrival at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum. The bookshop is full of options for history buffs and even fun and educational options for the kids.
For more information on the town of New Salem, where Lincoln worked as a clerk for many years, check out Benjamin Thomas's "New Salem".
For a dose of history with an architectural twist, fill up on information of the world's greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. His impressive Dana-Thomas House is open for tours in Springfield. A history of his life and works is depicted by author and architect, Robert McCarter in the biographically titled "Frank Lloyd Wright".