Abraham Lincoln made a lasting mark on the area and the nation. He served the public as a lawyer, civil rights activist, senator and eventually the 16th president of the United States.
Lincoln would have been celebrating his 207th birthday on Feb. 12 and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at LMU is celebrating with free weekend admissions for the month.
“Having these free days will allow a lot of our local folks that don’t really know us to come check out everything we’ve got to see. There’s some really interesting exhibits here and it’s a good time for people to come in and get to know us at the museum,” said museum director Thomas Mackey.
The Treasures Exhibit is currently on display at the museum and includes several civil war artifacts, artifacts from the abolitionist movement, naval items including some from the Battle of Hampton Roads. The exhibit also includes a display of Lincoln’s life masks — plaster castings made of his face before he passed away.
“These are items that don’t get out on regular exhibit often and now’s their time to shine. These items all have stories attached to them and staff will be here to tell the stories of each piece,” said Mackey.
Lincoln, the Constitution & the Civil War is a traveling exhibit on display at the museum. This exhibit was designed by the National Constitution Center and highlights the ways in which Lincoln used the Constitution.
“It really shows how he bent the constitution itself in order to save the nation as a whole. (Lincoln) really played hardball and kept (the nation) together,” said Mackey.
Lincoln is often recognized as one of the most influential presidents in history and is studied for his contributions to civil rights, political science, the end of slavery and leaving behind a legacy at Lincoln Memorial University, to name a few.
“Having the whole nation working together as a whole — not just a few little parts. That really sticks in my mind as an important thing he gave to this area, and really the nation,” said Mackey.
The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. More information can be found by searching for the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum on Facebook.
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