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Lincoln Bicentennial Events - Page 2


Throughout 2009 Washington, DC's cultural institutions will host an extensive lineup of Lincoln themed exhibits, live performances, lectures, and tours.

Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibitions

The National Portrait Gallery - One Life: The Mask of Lincoln, which draws upon the museum’s collection of Lincoln portraits to show how the president used the new art of photography to convey his image to Americans. (Nov. 7, 2008-July 5, 2009)

Smithsonian American Art Museum - The Honor of Your Company Is Requested: President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball, which showcases invitations, copies of the dinner menu that spurred an infamous food fight and illustrations from the legendary party that took place within the building (through Jan. 18, 2010).

The Historical Society of Washington, DC - Portraying Lincoln: Man of Many Faces, with more than 100 works of art from 90 artists offering their own interpretations of Lincoln’s life and legacy. (Feb. 11-Nov. 8, 2009)

The Library of Congress - With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Bicentennial Exhibition, the official national exhibition celebrating Lincoln’s 200th birthday, which draws from the Library’s extensive collections and incorporates audio-visual listening stations to give visitors a deeper understanding of how Lincoln’s decisions and words continue to resonate today. (Feb. 12-May 9, 2009)

The National Museum of American History - Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life, a fascinating exhibition of more than 60 historical treasures drawn from the Smithsonian’s Lincoln collection. (Jan. 16, 2009- Jan. 2011). Also, America's New Birth of Freedom: Documents from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will include a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and letters expressing Lincoln's views on emancipation and the conclusion of the Civil War. (Jan. 16 – Apr, 2009)

President Lincoln’s Cottage - My Lincoln, which explores the president’s legacy through the eyes of his most enthusiastic admirers who’ve amassed extensive private Lincoln collections of their own. (Feb. 12-Dec. 31, 2009)

The National Museum of Health & Medicine – Exhibit is located at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Abraham Lincoln: The Final Casualty of the War, a look at Lincoln's final hours and the physicians who tended to him, with artifacts including the bullet that ended his life and a drawing of his deathbed scene. (opens Feb. 13, 2009).

Smithsonian National Postal Museum - Abraham Lincoln Certified Plate Proof. Eleven certified plate proofs for postage stamps honoring Abraham Lincoln will be on view in the Philatelic Gallery pullout frames. Issued from 1894-1959, the stamps feature a variety of Lincoln portraits. (through Oct. 2010)

National Archives - The original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln will be on display in the East Rotunda Gallery of the National Archives Building. (Feb. 12 – 16, 2009) BIG - Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the National Archives. The exhibit presents John Russel Pope's competition proposal for a monument to Lincoln, and a photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg the day he delivered the Gettysburg Address. (Mar. 13 – Jan. 3, 2010)

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington - Washington Hebrew Congregation, Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln’s City. Dr. Melvin Urofsky will speak on Jewish life at the dawn of the Civil War. This program is part of Friday evening services and is open to the public. Adult and school group tours are available with advanced reservations. (Feb. 13 – May 31, 2009, 8pm)

National Gallery of Art - The American Paintings. This outstanding collection of American paintings returns to public view after some 18 months and includes great works created during Lincoln's presidential term. (Opens Mar. 1, 2009)

DC Public Library - Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation. The exhibition addresses many questions about Lincoln, such as if he was really the "Great Emancipator" whom generations of Americans have been taught to revere. (Apr. 2 – May 15, 2009)

Concerts, Theatrical Performances, Lectures, Guided Tours and Other Programs

Additional Washington, DC cultural institutions participating in the Lincoln Bicentennial include Bethesda’s Adventure Theatre, the Corcoran Gallery, the Church of the Epiphany, Historic Congressional Cemetery, the DC Public Library, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, the Washington National Cathedral, Shakespeare Theatre Company, National Gallery of Art, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, the African-American Civil War Museum, Hillwood Museum Estate & Gardens, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Crusor Family Historical Research Corporation, Howard University, Washington Photo Safari and the Washington Performing Arts Society.

For a Guide to the Major Lincoln Bicentennial Events, see Page 1

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.lincolnindc.com

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