Major Abraham Lincoln Exhibit on Display at Reagan Library on June 1 - Sept 30, 2013

Twenty-Five Renowned Lincoln Collectors and DreamWorks Studios Join Reagan Library for Major Abraham Lincoln Exhibit

Objects on display June 1 – September 30, 2013, include President Lincoln’s Stovepipe Hat, A Bloodied Pillow from the Night He Died, a Lincoln-Signed Emancipation Proclamation, and Sets from DreamWorks’ “Lincoln” Movie

Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, the DreamWorks Studios film Lincoln swept the nation with its intimate look at one of our nation’s greatest leaders. Now the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum has delved even deeper into the life of our sixteenth president with the help of twenty-five of the country’s most well-known Lincoln collectors, including Louise Taper, Hildene (the Lincoln Family Home), Ford’s Theater, the National Archives, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, as well as with DreamWorks Studios.

Running from June 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013, the Reagan Library exhibit, A. Lincoln: From Railsplitter to Rushmore, explores the life of Abraham Lincoln, commemorates the Civil War and marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. This extraordinary and engaging special exhibit, featuring over 250 original artifacts on Abraham Lincoln and sets from the Steven Spielberg-directed movie Lincoln, is a must-see for everyone.

Lincoln stovepipe hat courtesy of Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home.

Highlights of this fascinating and educational exhibit include:

  • Abraham Lincoln's stovepipe hat and gold pocket watch
  • Mary Todd Lincoln's Bible, jewelry and other personal items
  • Abraham Lincoln's earliest childhood writings
  • A President Lincoln-signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and a President Lincoln-signed copy of the 13th Amendment
  • A bloody pillow on which President Lincoln died at the Petersen Boarding House
  • A fragment of Abraham Lincoln's coat from Ford's Theatre
  • The handwritten personal testimony of Boston Corbett, the man who killed John Wilkes Booth
  • An American flag that draped President Lincoln's coffin

In addition to the original documents, artifacts and objects on display, the Reagan Library will be showcasing the costumes and Oscar-winning sets from DreamWorks Studios’ Lincoln film, including the entire set surrounding President Lincoln’s office, portions of Mary Todd Lincoln’s vanity set, and portions of Peterson’s Boarding House set. Items on display include Oscar-nominated costumes for Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln and Tad Lincoln.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Lincoln Club of Orange County.

The Reagan Library is located at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley.  Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  The Museum is only closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.  The Museum admission fees are $16.00 for general admission, $13.00 for seniors 62 and over, $10 for children 11-17, $6 for children 5-10 and free for children 4 years of age and under.  Museum exhibit tickets may be pre-purchased at

For more information, call (800) 410.8354 or visit

Lincoln cufflink courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.