College Museum changes name
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[October 07, 2008]
Lincoln College Museum is
changing its name to Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College. The
change will be made Oct. 23 at a Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of
Commerce mixer reception at 5:30 p.m. in the museum.
Ron Keller, museum curator, said the new name helps align the museum
with its mission. "The museum tells the story of our proud legacy
with Abraham Lincoln, and it also preserves our unique heritage so
that all can learn about the history that we can be proud of,"
Keller said. "We hold some of the most unique items that relate
directly to the Civil War and the time period of Abraham Lincoln. I
think it's only fitting that our name reflects what we have."
Construction is currently under way at Lincoln College for the new
Lincoln Center, which will be the new home for the museum.
Keller added that he looks forward to the much-anticipated new
space. "As we look to the construction of the Lincoln Center, this
name change is the first step towards realization of the honored
place this museum will hold alongside the other great museums of the
country," he said.
The Lincoln College Museum was established in 1942 to honor the
collection of Judge Lawrence B. Stringer, an 1887 graduate of
Lincoln University. The Stringer collection of Abraham Lincoln
memorabilia was once housed in the administration-chapel building
that was destroyed by fire in 1969. Many of the items were kept in a
fire-resistant vault, which prevented the loss of a majority of the
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The Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College proudly displays an
original 1865 William Cogswell oil canvas portrait of Abraham
Lincoln as well as a collection of rare Civil War items from John
Gehlbach of Elkhart, an antique collector and longtime member of the
Lincoln College board of trustees. The donation includes a Civil War
drum and six Civil War recruitment broadsides that date back to
1863-64. Just outside the entrance to the main exhibit area of the
Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College is the Hall of
Presidents. This exhibit boasts a rare collection of original,
signed letters and documents from every chief executive and some
first ladies, as well as photographs, prints, biographical
information and commemorative medals of the presidents.
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