They're partying like it's 1865. Or 2005. The upcoming year is one of anniversaries for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. It's the ten-year anniversary of ALPLM and also the sesquicentennial of three key events: the end of slavery, the end of the Civil War, and the assassination and funeral of Abe Lincoln.
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A two-day pass for the museum will be available on the funeral commemoration weekend May 2-3. “The Old State Capitol will have … in April and May some items from the funeral train that survived,” says Lincoln collection curator James Cornelius. “Actually, a couple of them are too big to get over here” to the museum, where officials announced the plans in front of the mockup of the White House.
Cornelius says there will also be a recently rediscovered medallion – seven inches long and silver-plated – which adorned Lincoln's hearse. The hearse itself burned, and the medallion is the only artifact from the funeral which exists today.
The celebration is already underway with the “Undying Words” exhibit.