In the 21st century there's only one appropriate way to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday - with a smart-phone app of course.
Carla Knorowski is CEO of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. She was at the AT&T store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago today to introduce the museum's new "Abe App".
Watched over by a Lincoln impersonator, she demonstrated some of the app's features, including a Lincoln quiz and a virtual tour of his home.
Sample questions in the quiz included:
"Booker T. Washington thought Lincoln’s personal battles helped him what?"
Out of three possible answers, Knorowski deliberately chose the wrong answer: A) Get in shape. The right one was C) relate to other people.
As you play the quiz, a clock's tick tock winds down the time. The sound comes from an actual clock in the Lincoln and Herndon law office in Springfield, Illinois.
The app is free, and was developed in partnership with AT&T, which has already apparently donated one hundred thousands dollars to the museum to help with their Lincoln "digitization project".
Chicagoans are also finding other reasons to celebrate Abe.
Eric Washington chalked it up to local pride. "I’ll be honest it’s really, really cool to have someone from Illinois to have made such great strides in American history."
Outside on Michigan Avenue, Pete Stacker says we don’t celebrate Lincoln enough.
"He gets some credit but not as much credit in history for what he accomplished in really such a short period of time," Stacker said.
Many mentioned Steven Spielberg's recent film for having ramped up the "Lincoln effect." Carla Knorowski said she thinks Lincoln is actually "the nation's number one export."