Abraham Lincoln: His Legacy in Idaho Exhibition


Abraham Lincoln is inextricably tied to Idaho.

In the early morning of March 4, 1863, Lincoln signed the act creating Idaho Territory; however, his involvement ran much deeper than that. The Abraham Lincoln: His Legacy in Idaho exhibition at the Idaho State Archives features over 200 artifacts and documents that reveal the intriguing and significant connections between the 16th president and the 43rd state. The exhibition opened to the public at the State Archives in November of 2013, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.


The exhibit consists of hundreds of artifacts, including letters, documents, bronze castings, a lock of Lincoln’s hair and more. Former Idaho Attorney General David Leroy and his wife Nancy have donated their personal collection of Lincoln artifacts to the Historical Society for use in the exhibition. Other artifacts were donated from various private and public donors, including a signed Lincoln document from the Idaho Supreme Court.


The Lincoln exhibition is a permanent feature at the Idaho State Archives and serves as an education and research destination. Janet Gallimore, Executive Director of the Historical Society says the exhibit is intended to enhance knowledge about Lincoln’s contribution to the development of Idaho and the west, but as well serves as an inspiration. “Lincoln himself was a youth with no advantage. His poverty, lack of education, and subsequent rise to become a great leader and humanitarian make him the perfect role model for today’s youth and society.”


The exhibition is open and free to the public for viewing at the Idaho State Archives, Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. The Foundation for Idaho History also was the lead fundraising organization to bring about the virtual tour of the exhibition to allow classrooms and living rooms across Idaho to experience this rich exhibition.


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