Collectors, DreamWorks Studios Join Reagan Library for Major Lincoln Exhibit
Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, the DreamWorks Studios film Lincoln touched the nation with its intimate look at one of the nation’s greatest leaders.
Now the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum has delved even deeper into the life of the 16th president with the help of 25 of the country’s most well-known Lincoln collectors, including Louise Taper, Hildene (the Lincoln Family Home), Ford’s Theater, the National Archives, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, as well as with DreamWorks Studios.
Running June 1-Sept.30, 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.
The special exhibit, features more than250 original artifacts on Lincoln and sets from the Steven Spielberg-directed movie.
“At the Reagan Library, not only can visitors walk onboard Air Force One and learn about President Reagan, they can now also take a step back in time and learn of the life and times of another great American president, Abraham Lincoln,” said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. “By combining original artifacts—many not seen often by the public— with sets and costumes from DreamWorks, our exhibit on Lincoln marks the spot where history and Hollywood come together.
Exhibit highlights include: • Lincoln’s stovepipe hat and gold pocket watch • Mary Todd Lincoln’s Bible, jewelry and other personal items • 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 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.
Also showcased will be the costumes and Oscar-winning sets from Lincoln, including the entire set surrounding President Lincoln’s office, and portions of Mary Todd Lincoln’s vanity set and Peterson’s Boarding House set.
Also on display will be Oscar-nominated costumes for Mary Todd, Abraham, and Tad Lincoln.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Lincoln Club of Orange County.
The Reagan Library is at 40 Presidential Dr.in Simi Valley.
Public hours are 10 a.m. -5 p.m. daily. Admission is $16; $13 for seniors 62 and over, $10 for children 11-17, $6 for children 5-10 and free for children 4 and under.
Tickets may be pre-purchased at www.reaganlibrary.com/tickets. For more information, visit www.reaganlibrary.com.