Abraham Lincoln exhibition opening in June at Reagan Library


Did Daniel Day-Lewis leave you with the urge for more Abraham Lincoln?

A new exhibition devoted to Lincoln -- featuring 250 historical artifacts, as well as sets and costumes from last year’s Steven Spielberg movie starring Day-Lewis as the 16th president -- is scheduled to open next month at the Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley.

“A. Lincoln: From Railsplitter to Rushmore” is set to run from June 1 to Sept. 30, and will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which Lincoln ordered into law in 1863.

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The Reagan Library said the exhibition will feature original documents, including Lincoln-signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. Also on display will be a Bible belonging to Mary Todd Lincoln and the bloody pillow on which Lincoln died after being shot by John Wilkes Booth.

Objects in the show have been culled from 25 collectors, according to the Reagan Library. The sets and costumes from “Lincoln” are from Dreamworks Studios.

The exhibition is being sponsored by the Lincoln Club of Orange County, which describes itself on its website as a group of business leaders and political donors dedicated to “limiting government to those legitimate functions that least intrude on the economy and the individual lives of its citizens.”

Lincoln, who belonged to the Republican Party, served as president from 1861 to 1865.

General admission to the Reagan Library and Museum is $16, which includes access to the new Lincoln exhibition.


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