For the longest time, probably since grammar school, I’ve been fascinated by our 16th president, due to my father’s nightly sit downs at the dinner table. Dad read four history books a week, thick amazing non-fiction accountings of the most memorable men in history. He had a fascination with General George Custer too and read everything written about him from our local library. Dad put the mundane facts he’d learned together in story form and told us…as if in Deep Point of View, like he’d been there himself. Of course, Lincoln and the Civil War were among one of his favorite topics.
So when the Lincoln Exhibit came to my town by way of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, we had to see it. It was one of those goose bump-getting days when I realized just how close to American history I had come.
Lincoln’s stovepipe hat, protected by a glass case, was the first item we came upon as we entered the museum rooms! It was a “You had me at the hat” kind of moment that made the price of admission well worth it… ten times so. There are only three such Lincoln hats in existence, and this one looked nearly untouched. Dear Abe would use the deep well inside the hat to carry important papers and documents from room to room or building to building. I love that!
Here’s Lincoln’s pocket watch, also in great shape.
This is a replica of a room used in Steven Spielberg’s film, Lincoln. I’m told it’s authentic —a place where Lincoln worked with senators and congressmen during his terms.
A replica of Mary Todd Lincoln’s room.
And this image was perhaps the most memorable. It’s a replica of the room where Lincoln took his last breaths. In the forefront, encased in glass is the ACTUAL pillow that cushioned Lincoln’s head as he lay dying. The blood stains are his.
As we exited the Lincoln rooms, this eerily life-like bust was waiting for us. The attention to detail was amazing to see. The entire exhibit overall was fascinating and I hope if this exhibit visits your town, you’ll have a chance to enjoy it.
Some favorite Lincoln’s quotes:
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