new traveling exhibit from ALPLM
October 25, 2010 David Blanchette
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America ” exhibit now available to travel
Exhibit can help communities observe the Civil War Sesquicentennial
SPRINGFIELD – A special Abraham Lincoln exhibit will soon begin traveling the country, and anyone can rent the display and bring Lincoln ’s legacy to their communities.
“Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America ” examines Lincoln 's life from his beginnings in the crudest of circumstances to his ascension to the Presidency and his assassination. It is composed of seven learning stations featuring reproductions of key original Lincoln artifacts and is designed for public spaces, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural or educational institutions. The exhibit is available in time for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War from 2011 - 2015.
Select artifacts in the exhibit are reproduced from the originals in the exclusive Louise and Barry Taper Collection, now part of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s (ALPLM) holdings. The ALPLM developed the exhibit in cooperation with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, whose goal of keeping these original artifacts as part of the collection of the ALPLM has inspired a national fundraising effort entitled the Permanent Home Campaign. Throughout the exhibit, visitors can look for the stovepipe hat icon which designates the reproduction artifacts that are part of the Permanent Home Campaign.
For more information about renting “Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America ,” visit
Abraham Lincoln was born into a life of back breaking manual labor and emotional hardship. Unlike many of the great men of his era he could not boast of family wealth or a distinguished lineage which could have aided him in his rise to power. It was only through hard work, ingenuity, and a little luck that he would rise from obscurity to lead this nation during its most difficult period and in the process become a hero for generations to come. Thus, Lincoln , “Self-Made in America ,” demonstrated that America truly is the land of opportunity.
For more information about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, visit www.presidentlincoln.org.