Abraham Lincoln's legacy in Idaho

A new permanent exhibit marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

November 17, 2013 

Organizers are touting the Lincoln Legacy Exhibition as the most significant grouping of historic artifacts ever assembled showing Abraham Lincoln’s connection to the Rocky Mountain West.

Documents showing Lincoln’s signature on the Idaho Territory Declaration, a lock of his hair and about 1,500 other objects, books, letters, photographs, publications and mementos will be on exhibit at the Idaho State Archives at 2205 Old Penitentiary Road in Boise beginning Tuesday with a grand opening event from 1 to 6 p.m.

Coordinated by the Idaho State Historical Society for Idaho’s Territorial Sesquicentennial, the exhibit is intended to emphasize the 16th president’s connection to and legacy in Idaho.

Former Idaho Attorney General and Lincoln scholar David Leroy, with his wife, Nancy Leroy, have donated their Lincoln collection to the Idaho State Historical Society, where it, combined with other Lincoln artifacts from private and public donors, could be accessible to schoolchildren and the public.

Janet Gallimore, executive director of the Historical Society, says the exhibit is intended to enhance knowledge about Lincoln’s contribution to the development of Idaho and the West, but also serves as an inspiration.

“Lincoln himself was a youth with no advantage. His poverty, lack of education, and subsequent rise to become a great leader and humanitarian make him the perfect role model for today’s youth and society,” Gallimore said in a news release.

The Lincoln exhibit will be a permanent feature at the Idaho State Archives and be open to the public 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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