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Home and History: Celebrating 200 Years New Exhibit Opens Saturday

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This weekend - in addition to the big game - you'll have a new opportunity to step back in time with a new exhibit that opens at Peoria's Riverfront Museum on Saturday.

It's a project the facility has been working on for nearly a year.

"We started to look at what we wanted to represent and ultimately we decided that with the Bicentennial the best thing would be to celebrate Illinois," Lottie Phillips, Asst. curator of history.

Phillips says some items had to be transported with special care, including air controlled trucks.

"Some of these items are secured items and high profile, like the Abraham Lincoln Cufflink which is actually being hand carried here," Phillips said.

The cuff links worn by Abraham Lincoln on the day of his assassination weren't yet ready for our preview.

And while there is a large focus on the four presidents who lived in Illinois, staff at the museum stresses there is something for everyone.  

"We are making every effort to make the exhibit interactive. We will have touch screen medias, we will have videos in the exhibition and in the end we will even have a small family area," Phillips said,.

Sports fan?

Check out the helmet worn by Chicago Cub and Eureka native, Ben Zobrist during game 7 of the 20-6 World Series.

"We're trying to direct the flow so you don't jump around time periods. So, the development in Illinois," said Cory Tibbits, director of exhibitions.

The exhibit opens Sat. Feb 3 and runs through June.

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