[April 30, 2014]
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In the new Lincoln Heritage Museum, the
sadness of Lincoln's life is recalled in a unique and emotionally
moving way as the tour takes the guest through the mind of Lincoln and
what he may have seen in his memory in the last hours of life.
The upstairs guided tour
begins at the end, on that fateful night when Lincoln and his wife
attended Ford's Theatre. As they sat in their seats in the balcony,
they were unaware that these would be the last moments they would be
together in life. As the play rolls along, a shot is heard
in the balcony and the president slumps forward while his wife holds
on to him.
The tour begins at this
dramatic moment. Visitors to the museum find themselves in Ford's
Theatre, standing in the background as the president and Mary Todd
Lincoln enjoy the play. Through holographic technology, they see John Wilkes
Booth aim his pistol, and they see Lincoln slump forward in Mary's
The hours that passed between
the shot and Lincoln's death were filled with grief and concern by
those surrounding his bedside. But for Lincoln, those hours may have
been filled with memories ... reflections of a life lived.
Pictures by Nila Smith and Jan Youngquist