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The Faces of Lincoln

The Faces of Lincoln is a versatile exhibit made up of three parts that can be displayed together or independently.

Developing the Image (part one) traces the history of photography in the 19th century through some of the best and well-known photographs of Lincoln.

Creating the Image (part two) explains how photography helped Lincoln develop a presidential image. Photographs, prints and political cartoons in this exhibit portray Lincoln as a political candidate, president and family man. The exhibit also highlights important events in Lincoln’s life.

Idealizing the Image (part three) shows how Lincoln’s assassination instantly elevated him from man to myth. Images from IHS’s Lincoln collections help explain how Lincoln’s face came to represent American ideals.

Ideas for use: Showcase political items from your collection or host Civil War or Lincoln events while this exhibit is on display at your site.

Borrowers may arrange to borrow all three parts of The Faces of Lincoln at once, in serial order (one per month for three months), or any combination of parts at any given time. Those with limited facilities will find borrowing the exhibits in sequence the best option. The Faces of Lincoln consists of four 7-foot tall, freestanding sections. Parts one and three require at least 150 square feet of floor space each. Part two requires at least 275 square feet of floor space.

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To book an exhibit, please contact Jeannette Rooney at localhistoryservices@indianahistory.org or (317) 233-8913.

Faces of Lincoln