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Museum to celebrate Lincoln’s 205th birthday

By Kelsey Gerhardt kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com

February 7, 2014

This week marks what would have been Abraham Lincoln’s 205th birthday.


The Lincoln Museum on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University will be celebrating by offering free admission on Wednesday.


“We encourage people to come out and bring their families. The staff will be offering tours and it’s a great way to see some of the things we offer here,” said Lincoln Museum Director Thomas Mackie.


Lincoln served the public throughout his life as a lawyer, Whig party leader, state legislator, congressman and finally became the 16th president of the United States.


He served in this capacity from his inauguration in March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.


LMU was formed as a living monument to honor the president and due to his many years as a public servant.


Lincoln spent a good deal of his time focusing on the Appalachian region and areas of union control during the Civil War.


There are several exhibits throughout the museum on display honoring Lincoln and his family, including handkerchiefs, voice notes, Civil War dioramas, films, bronze busts and a life-size statue of the president to name only a few.


Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.