New Exhibit Features U.S. History
Just in time for Presidents’ Day, our newest exhibit features some of the most important men in American history. Through the end of the month, we will have on display letters and signatures from some of the key figures from our past.The centerpieces of the exhibit are two letters handwritten and signed by Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States. One of the letters authorizes the release of a young man who was being court martialed as a deserter in exchange for the man returning the money he was paid when joining the military. It was signed on March 18, 1865, less than a month before Lincoln was assassinated. It reads: “Let this boy be discharged on refunding any bounty received.”Also in the display is a handwritten document with the words to “America” (“My Country Tis of Thee”). It was penned and signed by the song’s lyricist, Samuel Smith, on January 20, 1894, more than 60 years after the song was written.Rounding out the exhibit are pieces from presidents George Washington, John Adams and Andrew Jackson.The display can be viewed Monday through Saturday during regular business hours. For more information, call 916.446.6175.