Pickler Memorial Library Presents 'Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America' Exhibit

A world-class traveling exhibit featuring reproduction artifacts from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., may be viewed free of charge at Pickler Memorial Library.

The “Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” exhibit was created by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. 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 that 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.       

The traveling learning station exhibit is being displayed in 40 public libraries and historical societies over the next two years.  It was one of just two “We, the People” programs for the Lincoln Bicentennial funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

The library hours are 7:30-1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 12-9 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday.
For more information about the “Abraham Lincoln:  Self-Made in America” exhibit, visit http://www.alplm.org/home.html or to learn more about Truman’s Lincoln celebration visit http://lincoln200.truman.edu.

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