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Presidential Library and Museum dedicated to the United States' Sixteenth President
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“Time alone relieves a debtor nation, so long as its population increases faster than unpaid interest accumulates on its debt.” Abraham Lincoln 12/1/1862
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On this day, June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln delivers his famous, "House Divided," speech at the close of the Republican state convention here in Springfield, IL.

"If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.

We are now far into the fifth year, since a policy was initiated, with the avowed object, and confident promise, of putting an end to slavery agitation.

Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only, not ceased, but has constantly augmented.

In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed.

‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’

I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.

I do not expect the Union to be dissolved---I do not expect the house to fall---but I do expect it will cease to be divided.

It will become all one thing, or all the other.

Either the opponents of slavery, will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new---North as well as South." Abraham Lincoln 6/16/1858
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Don't forget to carry on the conversation with us on twitter at https://twitter.com/alplm and get even more of your Abraham Lincoln fix!
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Abraham Lincoln, by his own admission, was unable to carry a tune, and certainly played no instrument. That fact did not prevent artist-jokesters from placing him in musician’s garb. Read more about "Banjo Plucking Lincoln" in our latest Tumblr post from Dr. James Cornelius http://bit.ly/LincolnBanjo
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Happy Memorial Day from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum! 

"...three cheers for all our noble commanders and the soldiers and sailors; three cheers for all people everywhere who cheer the soldiers and sailors of the Union." Abraham Lincoln 10/21/1864
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“I have just read your dispatch about sore tongued and fatigued horses. Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the battle of Antietam that fatigue anything?” Abraham Lincoln to General McClellan 10/24/1862

This image, courtesy of The Library of Congress, depicts President Lincoln reviewing the Grand Army of the Potomac with General McClellan.
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On this day, May 18, 1860, Abraham Lincoln is nominated by the Republican Party as their candidate for the presidency.

This Lincoln/Hamlin campaign flag comes from our Lincoln Collection. "Why are the stars in the upper right?"

Answer courtesy: http://www.jeffbridgman.com/html/antiqueflags.htm

According to modern flag ethics and the U.S. Flag Code, the canton of an American national flag should always be displayed in the upper left. During the 19th century, however, the same flag ethics that we have today did not exist, so this seemingly backwards positioning was just as acceptable. For this and other reasons, backwards mounts are very much acceptable amoug the collectors of antique flags.

A backwards display of an antique Stars & Stripes is sometimes necessary because:

(a) Some flags were one-sided, particularly in the case of homemade examples.
(b) Some flags have lettering and/or images in the canton or stripes that are only visible on one side.
(c) Some flags are stronger or more visually interesting on the then they are on the obverse.
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Happy Star Wars Day to our Abraham Lincoln Loving, History Loving, Star Wars Loving friends!

#lincolnmuseum #maythe4th #starwars
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On this day in 2005, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is officially dedicated! Happy Birthday to us!!
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At roughly 10:15 pm on the evening of April 14, 1865, as President Abraham Lincoln sat in his box at Ford's Theatre watching the play, "Our American Cousin" with his wife Mary, the assassin John Wilkes Booth made his way into the President's box and shot the President in the back of the head at point blank range.

You can see this scene played out in Journey Two here at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

What is your favorite thing about Abraham Lincoln?
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