Commune With Honest Abe in California
This year marks the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, a fact you might have been made aware of in the flurry of pre-Inauguration coverage but is worth mentioning again in light of the Library of Congress's exhibition "With Malice Toward None." Opening on Lincoln's birthday in Washington this year, the groundbreaking collection moves west to Sacramento.
Opening at the California Museum June 24, "With Malice Toward None," taking its title from Lincoln's second inaugural address (given less than a month before his assassination) includes personal documents including the Bible he (and Barack Obama) were sworn in on, old school books and his crib notes from the Lincoln-Douglas debates which first introduced him as a political up-and-comer.
Assassination vacationers will want to see the death mask made across the street from Ford's Theatre as well as the contents of the president's pockets at the time of death. And contemporary political cartoons will add a little levity to the legacy while demonstrating that, caricature-wise, a president can do worse than being quite skinny.
The California museum is open seven days a week from 10 to 5 (12 to 5 on Sundays). Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $6 for kids, but Bank of America cardholders can get in free through their Museums on Us program July 4-5 and August 1-2. (Wells Fargo customers get a similar deal August 15.)
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[Photo of Lincoln's belongings from the Library of Congress stop: somewhatfrank]