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Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln

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Twenty-five renowned Lincoln collectors and DreamWorks Studios join the Reagan Library for a major Abraham Lincoln Exhibit.  Objects on display include President Lincoln’s famous stovepipe hat, a bloodied pillow from the night he died, a Lincoln-signed Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment, and sets from DreamWorks’ “Lincoln” Movie.

Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, the DreamWorks Studios film Lincoln swept the nation with its intimate look at one of our nation’s greatest leaders. Now the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum has delved even deeper into the life of our sixteenth president with the help of thirty of the country’s most well-known Lincoln collectors, including Louise Taper, Hildene (the Lincoln Family Home), Ford’s Theater, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, as well as with DreamWorks Studios.

Running from June 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013, the Reagan Library exhibit, A. Lincoln: From Railsplitter to Rushmore, explores the life of Abraham Lincoln, commemorates the Civil War and marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. This extraordinary and engaging special exhibit, featuring over 250 original artifacts on Abraham Lincoln and sets from the Steven Spielberg-directed movie Lincoln, is a must-see for everyone.

Highlights of this fascinating and educational exhibit include:

  • Abraham Lincoln's stovepipe hat and gold pocket watch
  • Mary Todd Lincoln's Bible, jewelry and other personal items
  • Abraham Lincoln's earliest childhood writings
  • A President Lincoln-signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and a President Lincoln-signed copy of the 13th Amendment
  • A bloody pillow on which President Lincoln died at the Petersen Boarding House
  • A fragment of Abraham Lincoln's coat from Ford's Theatre
  • The handwritten personal testimony of Boston Corbett, the man who killed John Wilkes Booth
  • An American flag that draped President Lincoln's coffin

In addition to the original documents, artifacts and objects on display, the Reagan Library will be showcasing the costumes and Oscar-winning sets from
DreamWorks Studios’ Lincoln film, including the entire set surrounding President Lincoln’s office, portions of Mary Todd Lincoln’s vanity set, and portions of Peterson’s Boarding House set. Items on display include Oscar-nominated costumes for Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln and Tad Lincoln. 

This exhibit is sponsored by the Lincoln Club of Orange County.


The Reagan Library would like to thank the following lenders for their assistance with this exhibit:

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
  • Batesville
  • Brooks Brothers
  • C. G. Bivens Collection
  • Dreamworks Studios
  • Ford's Theatre National Historic Site (National Park Service)
  • Hildene--Lincoln Family Home
  • Kazuhiro Tsuji
  • Kaller Historic Documents, Inc.
  • Kentucky Historical Society
  • Library of Congress
  • Lincoln Heritage Museum
  • Louise Taper
  • Mark E. Mitchell
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • Questroyal Fine Arts
  • Ronnie Paloger
  • Seth Kaller
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
  • University of Southern California
  • Zaricor Flag Collection

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