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Lincoln and New York, a traveling panel exhibition

Lincoln and New York probes the myths and controversies surrounding Abraham Lincoln. Starting with the iconic Mathew Brady image of Lincoln without his beard, the exhibition follows his earliest efforts to gain the blessing of the political and journalistic leaders of New York for a presidential run. Reproductions of rare period artifacts and caricatures show the political passions of the day, depicting the rising impact of the media and the first racial scare tactics used in a national political campaign Original research explores New York’s influence on the Civil War, the impact of emancipation, and the promotion of Lincoln’s persona as he evolved from an obscure Illinois politician to a national martyr. Visitors who think they know everything about Lincoln will be startled to see so much that is new.

Morse. [Abraham Lincoln boxing with Jefferson Davis], 1861. Woodcut. New-York Historical Society, PR 010.

In an ironic twist, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated President of the Confederate States of America before Lincoln took the oath of office in March 1861. (40917)

Tour Schedule

Venue Dates
Bronx Library Center (Bronx, NY) January 1–February 28, 2013
Sandy Ground Historical Society (Staten Island, NY) March 15–June 14, 2013
Central Library Queens (Queens, NY) June 30–September 30, 2013
Historical Society of Rockland County (New City, NY) April 1–June 30, 2014
Cohen Bros. Realty (White Plains, NY) July 11–November 14, 2014

Resources

A fully-illustrated catalogue published by Philip Wilson Publishers in association with New-York Historical accompanies the exhibition.

Visit the companion website.

Download the exhibition brochure

For more information, please e-mail travelingexhibitions@nyhistory.org

Creative: Tronvig Group