Daily Archives: July 20, 2011

Nothing says cultural legitimacy like pro wrestling

The folks at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are either really creative or really desperate:

Springfield’s favorite son, whose skill as a wrestler has been recognized by induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Hall of Outstanding Americans, may never have donned sequins or worn his stovepipe hat into the squared circle, but the museum that bears his name is promoting itself with a pro wrestling ticket giveaway.

“We’re always looking for ways to tie in popular culture and Abraham Lincoln,” said Dave Blanchette, spokesman for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

A pro wrestling connection isn’t the only non-traditional promotion the non-traditional ALPM has employed in its efforts to attract people who aren’t regular museum-goers. Springfield’s 6-year-old museum and other presidential museums are always looking for ways to increase attendance by drawing new customers.

The ALPM is giving away one pair of tickets each day starting Monday through July 30 to the  WWE Presents RAW World Tour show July 31 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

Um.  Okay.


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