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Yet More Hidden Abraham Lincoln

2013-06-26

First it was 24 volumes, and now it is 20 more. About 2 years ago this column reported the existence of an Extra Illustrated edition of the Nicolay and Hay compilation of the Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln.  The original 12-volume edition of 1905 had been rejiggered for specialty collectors into 24 volumes, bound with [...]…

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Another Problem with Noah Brooks

2013-05-04

Journalists may be the warp and woof of contemporary history, but if you pick at the threads too hard, the cloth can begin to unravel.  This blog first poked at Noah Brooks on December 13, 2010 (by chance, the anniversary of the battle of Fredericksburg), but for this week’s battle of Chancellorsville, 150th anniversary, the [...]…

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Abraham Lincoln Went to Beardstown, But Did He Pick Up Syphilis While He Was There?

2013-04-18

A couple of years ago I gave a public lecture on Lincoln’s last days in 1865.  Following the discussion period, as I was leaving the auditorium, a woman approached me to ask one more question.  She hadn’t broached the subject earlier, she said, because it was so distant from my topic.  “Did Lincoln,” she wondered, [...]…

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Six Generations of an Illinois Family: Two Abraham Lincoln Letters, One Gift!

2013-03-28

When Thomas Kenney of Massachusetts accepted 160 acres in Illinois from President James Monroe in 1818 as partial thanks for his service in the War of 1812, he set the later owners of that land along a path to local notoriety and friendship with a giant — Abraham Lincoln.  Now the historic treasures of John [...]…

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Hal Holbrook’s “Lincoln”

2013-02-19

With the current spotlight on Lincoln actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones — all three of them up for Oscars on Sunday night, Feb. 24th — it’s easy to overlook the (now) 88-year-old Hal Holbrook, who plays Preston Blair, Sr., in the film.  When Steven Spielberg signed the actor for this small [...]…

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3.5 x 2.25 inches, 500 faces

2013-01-31

What fits into your shirt pocket, is a little bendable but basically sturdy, and shows the photographic portraits of nearly 500 people? No, not your iPhone. The answer is the carte de visite (cdv) pictured here. It is backmarked for Ashford, Brothers & Co., of 76 Newgate Street, London, and was probably created in 1863 [...]…

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Stories from the Vault: Abraham Lincoln’s Stovepipe Hat

2013-01-22 :: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Length: 43s

Episode 26, Abraham Lincoln’s Stovepipe Hat: Abraham Lincoln’s Hat is possibly the most recognizable piece of Presidential clothing ever. This month, Dr. James Cornelius sits down with us to discuss this fantastic piece of American History.…

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“Reasonable Conjecture” in Dramatizing Abraham Lincoln’s Life: James Agee and Tony Kushner

2013-01-14

Part of the power of Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln comes from screenwriter Tony Kushner’s skill at navigating the line between history and fiction.  He followed the example of James Agee, the novelist and film critic who wrote five half-hour teleplays on Lincoln for the CBS program “Omnibus” in 1952-1953.  Agee laid down the principle of [...]…

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Celebrity Auctions of the Civil War Era

2013-01-04

As we enter the season of calculating income tax, one of the prized deductions remains donations to charitable organizations.  Typically these non-for-profit organizations host auctions as a source for raising revenue.  It is common to see items with celebrity autographs as the main attractions. The use of celebrity status to raise money for worthy causes [...]…

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A Pair Tree … of Names

2012-12-21

If the Christmas season has put partridges on your pear tree, parse the pairs below.  Even in small towns, common surnames can lead you up a tree. Springfield, Illinois, in the early 1840s was home to about 3,000 people.  If you owned a shop or took the Whig newspaper or ever showed up in court, [...]…

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Daniel Day-Lewis Delivers “Lincoln”

2012-12-03

Daniel Day-Lewis, the four-time Best-Actor Oscar nominee and two-time winner (for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood), has outdone himself in Steven Spielberg’s new film Lincoln.  Earlier big-studio Lincolns of the sound era — Walter Huston, Henry Fonda, and Raymond Massey — played Lincoln.  Day-Lewis manages somehow to embody him. There’s never been [...]…

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Stories from the Vault: Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”

2012-11-26 :: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Length: 57s

Episode 25, Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”: We return from a brief hiatus to discuss with Dr. James Cornelius Steven Spielberg’s new movie about Abraham Lincoln entitled, “Lincoln”. Warning: This podcast contains many spoilers of the movie. We would advise listening after you have seen the movie unless you want to have some sections of the movie spoiled.…

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Newly Discovered Letters about Mary Lincoln’s Desperation and Debt

2012-11-14

Three siblings in the fourth generation of descent from a Wall Street banker, Benjamin B. Sherman, have donated three letters and a ledger book to the Presidential Library & Museum.  The material concerns a public collection taken up in 1865-66 to support Mary, Robert, and Tad Lincoln in their time of woe.  Below are the [...]…

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And the Oscar Goes To … The Face of Lincoln

2012-10-16

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, due out in November 2012, may prove Oscar-worthy, given its stellar cast of previous Academy-Award winners: Daniel-Day Lewis and Sally Field as Abraham and Mary; Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens.  But three earlier biographical Lincoln features offered excellent acting too, and they all fared poorly come Oscar time. Despite Walter Huston’s [...]…

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Abraham Lincoln’s Hollywood Comeback

2012-09-10

It’s been over 70 years since Hollywood produced a biographical feature film on Lincoln.  It’s been over 80 years since Hollywood released a biographical feature touching on Lincoln’s presidency.  That movie was Abraham Lincoln (1930), and its director was the renowned D.W. Griffith, who had made the Civil War and Reconstruction saga Birth of a [...]…

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Stories from the Vault: The Emancipation Proclamation

2012-08-30 :: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Length: 32s

Episode 24, The Emancipation Proclamation: Dr. James Cornelius sits down with us once again to discuss the Emancipation Proclamation and our copy of this landmark document that will go on display September 5. We also revisit a new discovery on the Deathbed Painting of Mr. Lincoln.…

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Stories from the Vault: John Wilkes Booth’s ring

2012-07-30 :: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Length: 18s

Episode 23, John Wilkes Booth’s ring: This month, we sit down with Dr. James Cornelius for a short discussion on a ring John Wilkes Booth gave Isabel Sumner.…

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Stories from the Vault: Abraham Lincoln’s relationship with his father, Thomas

2012-06-14 :: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Length: 37s

Episode 22, Abraham Lincoln’s relationship with his father, Thomas: This month, we sit down with Dr. Cornelius for a special Father’s Day themed episode of “SFTV” and discuss Mr. Lincoln’s role as both son to Thomas Lincoln and father to his own boys.…

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Stories from the Vault: Mary Lincoln’s Jewelry

2012-02-28 :: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

Episode 16, Mary Lincoln’s Jewelry: Once again, we are joined by Dr. James Cornelius to discuss artifacts from our collection. This month, we discuss pieces of Mary Lincoln’s jewelry. You may also view the jewelry by watching our companion “Stories from the Vault” video. Mary’s jewelry will be on display this summer.…

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Stories from the Vault: The 13th Amendment

2012-01-30 :: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

Episode 15, The 13th Amendment: This month, we speak with Dr. James Cornelius about our recently restored copy of the 13th Amendment which has been signed and dated by Abraham Lincoln. You can also view our companion“Stories from the Vault” video which shows the document.…

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Stories from the Vault: The Commissioner’s Sale Document for Slaves

2011-12-28 :: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

Episode 14, The Commissioner’s Sale Document for Slaves: This month, we sit down with Dr. James Cornelius to discuss our Artifact of the Month: the broadside announcement for a slave auction in Mr. Lincoln’s home county in Kentucky.…

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Stories from the Vault: An Interview with Fritz Klein

2011-12-17 :: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

Episode 13, An interview with Abraham Lincoln presenter, Fritz Klein: On this episode of Stories from the Vault, we speak with Fritz Klein who has been portraying Abraham Lincoln for over 30 years. We discuss a wide variety of topics and he delivers an amazing version of Mr. Lincoln’s Farewell Address to Springfield.…

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Stories from the Vault: Panel Discussion Bill O’Reilly Book “Killing Lincoln”

0000-00-00 :: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

Episode 12, “Killing Lincoln” Book Discussion: On a special podcast, a panel of historians including: James Cornelius (Lincoln Curator, ALPLM), Daniel Stowell (Director and Editor, Papers of Abraham Lincoln), Ron Keller (Assistant Professor of…

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From Out of the Top Hat: A Blog from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

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