at the Lincoln Presidential Library
New displays feature re-creation of Lincoln hearse, exhibit of
watercolors by local artists
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[May 17, 2016]
– A modern re-creation of the hearse that carried Abraham Lincoln to
his tomb goes on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
and Museum this month, as does a new exhibit in the “Art in the
The hearse will be displayed in the museum’s main plaza starting May
20 and remain there until June 3.
From its black plumes to its engraved medallions, the hearse is as
close to the original as modern experts could make it. It was
commissioned by Springfield’s Staab family for last year’s
commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s funeral.
Lincoln was buried on May 4, 1865. The original hearse, which was
destroyed in an 1887 fire, carried his body from Springfield’s Old
State Capitol to a vault at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Lincoln’s remains
were later moved to the ornate tomb that is now familiar to
“The original hearse was elegant and beautiful – a tribute to the
man it carried. The re-creation lets people see that tribute in
amazing detail. It’s a concrete reminder of what Lincoln meant to a
grieving nation,” said Nadine O’Leary, acting executive director of
the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. “We are
grateful to the Staab family for letting us display the hearse
The Lincoln Presidential Library is also continuing its Art in the
Atrium program, which presents the work of central Illinois artists.
Beginning May 13 and continuing through August, paintings by 24
members of the Sangamon Watercolor Society will hang in the library
The exhibit is free and can be seen 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through
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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a division of the Illinois
Historic Preservation Agency, is dedicated to telling the story of America’s
16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology.
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents and
artifacts, and also serves as the state’s historical library. The museum uses
traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling
techniques to educate visitors.
The museum is open seven days a week. The library portion of the ALPLM is open
free of charge Monday to Friday for research. Visit
www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov for details.
[Chris Wills, Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum]