SPRINGFIELD — Abraham Lincoln’s image now won’t just be in people’s pockets on pennies and $5 bills; he’ll also be on smartphones.
On the day of Lincoln’s 204th birthday, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and AT&T officially launched the Abe App on Tuesday. Additional funding came 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 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, told reporters Tuesday during a news conference in the 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 like Lincoln’s office clock and dinner bell.
Users can access the museum’s gift shop website through the app or donate $5 to the museum and receive an electronic issue of the foundation’s magazine.
Evans said the app also could be made accessible for teachers as an educational tool, and it could be updated for later use as a tool for members.
The app already has been downloaded by users as far away as China, Russia and Romania.
“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.