Yesterday we saw one president give a farewell address and in nine days we’ll see another be inaugurated. While you wait for this attempt at a peaceful transition of power, visit “Lincoln’s Undying Words” to learn more about one of this country’s most impactful presidents.
The Chicago History Museum in collaboration with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. is using Lincoln’s “A House Divided” speech from 1858, his first inaugural address from 1861, the Gettysburg Address from 1863, his second inaugural address from 1865, and the speech on Reconstruction that was given three days before his assassination as key parts of the narrative for the exhibit. As you walk through the exhibit with the audio experience you’ll hear actor Michael Krebs reading excerpts from the speeches.
One artifact that will catch your eye is the Lincoln family’s carriage, which is on display at the museum for the first time in 30 years. Another powerful artifact is Lincoln’s deathbed, which has been with the museum since 1920. Other artifacts include a first edition of “12 Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup, “The Railsplitter” portrait of Lincoln that helped him win an election, and Lincoln’s last order to General Ulysses S. Grant.
“Lincoln’s Undying Words” runs until Feb. 20 at the Chicago History Museum located, 1601 N. Clark St. Access to the exhibit is included with admission to the museum. Museum admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 years old and under. For more information visit lincolnsundyingwords.com.