Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Shapell Manuscript Foundation In Conjunction With The Library of Congress Presents: With Malice Toward None: The National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition

On Exhibit at the Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, Georgia, September 4 through November 7, 2010

Exceptional Lincolniana on Public Display for the First Time

The Grace Bedell Letter on growing a beard

Lincoln's condolence letter to Miss Fanny McCullough

Lincoln's physician's record of the President's deathbed and autopsy

/PRNewswire/ -- With Malice Toward None: The National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition is a landmark exhibit of letters, photographs, documents, and artifacts, which opened at the Library of Congress on Lincoln's 200th birthday, February 12, 2009.

The Shapell Manuscript Foundation is pleased to announce the loan of several rarely seen autographed letters, manuscripts and photographs from its Lincoln Collection for this important exhibition.

The exhibition will include the first public pairing of 11-year-old Grace Bedell's letter to Lincoln suggesting that he grow a beard, together with Lincoln's reply, just four days later. Also on exhibit is his famous condolence letter to Miss Fanny McCullough on the death of her father at the battle of Fredericksburg. An extraordinary assassination-related piece from the collection will also be featured: the blood-stained notes of Lincoln's family physician describing the President's tragic final hours—his decline, death, and autopsy.

While the scope and outreach of the Shapell Manuscript Foundation has included the lending of manuscripts to international exhibitions, this will be the first time that so many of its Lincolniana treasures have been publicly displayed in one place.

With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition has already traveled to the California Museum in Sacramento, California, the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois and the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana. After the Atlanta History Center in Atlanta, Georgia, the exhibition will make its last appearance at the Durham Western Heritage Museum in Omaha, Nebraska (Jan. 15–Mar. 20, 2011).

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