Book of Lincoln Documents to Be Released April 18
Presidential Library Workshop April 19 on Authenticating Lincoln
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[March 28, 2008]
SPRINGFIELD -- After carefully examining the
evidence, the forensics experts knew they had their man: A. Lincoln.
Now, the results of years of their investigation are being made
available to the general public.
The four-volume set "The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents
and Cases" will be released during a noon luncheon on April 18 at
the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Tickets for the luncheon
are $25 each and may be reserved by calling 217-558-8934 or visiting
Daniel Stowell, director and editor of The Papers of Abraham
Lincoln, will discuss the multiyear project that has attempted to
locate and copy every document written by or to Abraham Lincoln.
"Legal Documents and Cases" is the first printed publication of the
project's work and follows the groundbreaking comprehensive DVD-ROM
edition in 2000.
The process of identifying and preserving Lincoln
documents is the subject of a free workshop scheduled for April 19
beginning at 1 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
"CSI Springfield: Authenticating Lincoln Documents at the Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum" will feature John Lupton,
associate director and associate editor of "The Papers of Abraham
Lincoln," who will describe nuances of Lincoln's signature. Lupton
is one of the world's top Lincoln handwriting experts and is often
consulted to authenticate Lincoln documents. In addition, workshop
participants will learn how to identify and authenticate old papers
in a session led by James Cornelius, curator of the Lincoln
Collection at the presidential library; and Bonnie Parr, curator and
historical documents conservator, will demonstrate how to preserve
old documents. Reservations are required and may be made by calling
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The event will also feature a showcase of 25 chalk, oil crayon
and wax crayon Abraham Lincoln portraits created by first-grade art
students from Dixon Community Elementary Schools. For the past 10
years the students have created their interpretations of the man
they see every day on money and license plates. The exhibit in the
presidential library is free and open to public viewing April 17-20.
For more information on programs and events at the Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, visit
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