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Lincoln exhibit explores his life

Lincoln exhibit explores his life

Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012 11:06 pm

The Messenger 01.26.12

“Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America,” a traveling exhibition from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, Ill., will be on display Feb. 21-May 1 in the Horton Museum Center at Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The exhibition examines Lincoln’s life from his beginnings in the crudest of circumstances to his ascension to the presidency and his assassination.
In celebration of the exhibition, as well as President’s Day, Old Salem will be holding a day of hands-on activities and demonstrations Feb. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Entitled “Presenting Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America.” Activities will include log-building demonstrations, building a stack rail fence, puppet shows and much more. The cost is included in an Old Salem Museums & Gardens all-in-one ticket, which is $21 for adults and $10 for ages 6-16.
Access to the exhibition on other days will be included in an Old Salem Museums & Gardens all-in-one ticket.
“Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” was created to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Lincoln by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The exhibit covers Lincoln’s childhood, his self-education, his careers as a surveyor and lawyer, his family life, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, the 1860 Presidential election, the Civil War, the 13th Amendment, the Emancipation Proclamation, his assassination and other important periods and events in his life.
The reproduction artifacts on display, all modeled from originals in the Presidential Library and Museum, include Lincoln’s favorite books; his son Tad’s toy cannon; the nameplate from his Springfield home; his stovepipe hat, which he used like a briefcase to hold important papers; a Presidential campaign banner; an axe Lincoln used to chop wood; the bloody gloves found in Lincoln’s pocket the night of his assassination; and many other unique and interesting items.
Select artifacts in the exhibit are reproduced from the originals in the exclusive Louise and Barry Taper Collection — now part of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s holdings. Keeping these original artifacts as part of the collection of the Presidential Library and Museum has inspired a national fundraising effort entitled the Permanent Home Campaign, launched to make these historic treasures and 1,500 other items all valued at more than $25 million, permanently available at the Presidential Library and Museum for the world to study and enjoy.
Throughout the exhibit, visitors should look for the stovepipe hat icon, which designates reproduction artifacts that are part of the Permanent Home Campaign.
To learn more about the campaign, visit
The traveling learning station exhibit is being offered to museums, public libraries and historical societies over the next two years. The exhibit will travel the nation through December 2012.
Abraham Lincoln, the son of a subsistence farmer, came of age during a dramatic transformation in America’s economic life.  He was only 22 when he left his family home to find his own way.
For more information about the exhibit, visit

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