CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Rare collectibles about Abraham Lincoln on display at UI Main Library
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Rare collectable photographs, manuscripts, published
speeches and other memorabilia about Abraham Lincoln's political life are
on display now through March 19 at the University of Iowa Main Library,
The exhibit, "Prelude to Greatness: An Exhibition Celebrating Abraham
Lincoln's 190th Birthday," is free and open to the public.
Lincoln, who was born Feb. 12, 1809, moved to Illinois in 1830. His
political life was born when he was elected to public office in 1834 as
an Illinois representative.
The exhibit contains objects from the James Wills Bollinger Collection
of Lincolniana, and viewers can look over printed reports from Lincoln's
time in the Illinois legislature, campaign biographies from 1860, as well
as campaign songbooks and election tickets.
The exhibit is being offered to the public to emphasize the rich resources
available for educational and scholarly study of the era and the life of
the country's 16th president.
The exhibit can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays in the department
of special collections, third floor. For additional information on the
exhibition or other collections, contact the department at (319) 335-5921.