#212 – “With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition” – Opening Tomorrow at Atlanta History Center!

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Tomorrow is a big day in Buckhead: the Atlanta History Center presents an extraordinary exhibit, “With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition”, commemorating the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the nation’s revered sixteenth president.  The Atlanta History Center is the only venue in the Southeast to host this traveling exhibition organized by the Library of Congress. Opening tomorrow – Saturday, September 4, 2010 – and running through November 7, 2010, I had the opportunity this morning to preview this absolutely amazing collection, and I can tell you, it is something you won’t want to miss. abraham-lincoln-atlanta-history-center-130-west-paces-ferry-atlanta-ga-chair

Like many of the permanent and traveling exhibits shown at the Atlanta History Center, this one features computer stations, multimedia presentations, documents, books, broadsides and newspapers, prints and photographs, artifacts, and maps – it’s more than just your run-of-the-mill collection of  antiques and historic documents. It’s interactive and provides a much more in-depth glimpse into Lincoln the man and the president.

A few of the highlights of the exhibit, for me at least, were the unexpected items, such as the Lincoln’s personal autobiographical notes that he furnished for his 1860 campaign for President, Mary Todd Lincoln’s jewelry which includes pieces by Tiffany & Co., the contents of Lincoln’s pockets on the night he was shot at the Ford Theatre (pictured, below), and my personal favorite, letters written during the 1860 presidential campaign between the Lincoln and Miss Grace Bedell discussing the possible benefits of his growing a beard (you’ll have to check out the exhibit yourself to read all about those “benefits”!). abraham-lincoln-atlanta-history-center-130-west-paces-ferry-atlanta-ga-relics_picnik

I hope you’ll take the opportunity over the next two months or so to see this incredible collection for yourself. To give you a little push in that direction, the Atlanta History Center and 365Atlanta.com would like to offer you $2.00 off admission (for up to four people) between now and November 7, 2010. Simply print this post, clip the coupon below, or if you are in possession of a SmartPhone, show the post at the ticket counter!

And while you’re there, you can also see the Atlanta History Center’s temporary exhibit, War in Our Backyards: Discovering Atlanta, 1861-1865 (on display until October 1, 2011) and AHC’s permanent exhibit, Turning Point: The American Civil War.

The hours for the Atlanta History Center and “With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition” are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM and Sunday, Noon until 5:30 PM.

WHERE: Atlanta History Center130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia  30305

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