Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America

December 8, 2011 – February 14, 2012

The ‘Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America’ exhibit was created to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of America’s greatest president by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The exhibit covered 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, included: 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.

EXHIBITED AT THE EDWARD R. ROYBAL U.S. FEDERAL BUILDING AND COURTHOUSE, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

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