The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, along with ATT, launched a free “Abe App” Tuesday in honor of the 16th president’s 204th birthday.
The new app, which is available for iPhones and smart phones using Android-based operating systems, lets people explore Lincoln facts, answer quiz questions on the president, look at pictures of the presidential museum and more.
“It’s a fun tool to make children aware of Lincoln and to educate them about Lincoln,” said Amy Martin, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. “We hope it will also be fun for adults.”
The app’s sound effects are the same sounds Lincoln and his family heard on a daily basis. The quiz timer is a recording of Lincoln’s office clock ticking. A wrong answer triggers the clock’s gong, and a right answer is followed by Robert Lincoln’s dinner bell.
In addition to the quiz, the app has a fact of the day, visitor information about the museum, pictures of the museum, a link to donate money to the foundation and a link to the gift shop. The quizzes contain 10 randomly selected questions from the “Fact of the Day” library.
Abraham Lincoln impersonator Fritz Klein of Springfield was at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum when the app was introduced Tuesday. Lincoln knew the importance of technology, he said, citing his use of the telegraph to keep up with military developments in the Civil War.
A few decades earlier, that would have been impossible.
“When Mexico City was taken during the Mexican war, President Polk didn’t realize until after it was done,” Klein said. “That was 20 years before the Civil War. There was an enormous change that took place in that time in terms of technology, and Lincoln was on top of it.”
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To download the Abe App