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Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

January 16, 2009 – May 30, 2011

Museum: American History Museum

Location: Rose Gallery, 3rd Floor, Center, enter from American Presidency

The museum brings together—for the first time—its unique and unparalled Lincoln collection. Through a focused selection of nationally important Lincoln artifacts, visitors explore the life and times of this extraordinary figure. Each highlighted object is augmented with personal stories told by Lincoln and the people who knew him best. The exhibition showcases more than 60 historical treasures associated with Lincoln's life—from an iron wedge he used to split wood in the early 1830s in New Salem, Illinois, to his iconic top hat he wore the night he was assassinated at Ford's Theatre. The exhibition tells a new and intimate story of the life and legacy of this remarkable individual.

Video (runs continuously)

Free American Heritage publication available at both Welcome Desks

Related publication: $12.95 (paper)

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Online Exhibition