Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times


More books have been written about Lincoln than any other American, yet public knowledge about our most famous president is dominated by a series of iconic images: the son of an illiterate frontier farmer who taught himself to read; the savior of the Union; the Great Emancipator; the martyred leader.

Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times invites visitors to look beyond the myth. This exhibition traces Lincoln’s path from a self-educated, rough-hewn lawyer with virtually no administrative experience, to the president who guided a divided nation through the crises of slavery, secession and Civil War. We hope that presenting Lincoln’s own words in speeches, letters, and proclamations will encourage a deeper understanding of our 16th president’s life, accomplishments, and legacy.

Exhibition materials are drawn in large part from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. This exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Supplementary Materials

  • Site Resource Notebook
  • Decoding Lincolns Legacy DVD, a production of the History Channel in cooperation with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
  • Color brochures
  • High-resolution publicity images to use for promotional publications

This exhibition is made up of six freestanding panel sections and is 65–75 running feet long. The loan period is four weeks.

For questions about this exhibition, email Stephanie Krom or call (646) 366-9666, ext. 17. To request Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times, please complete our online Application Form.

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