“The Strange Fates of Lincoln: A Portable Museum” portrays true remarkable events and coincidences surrounding Abraham Lincoln. After more than 150 years, he is still the most memorialized person in history, it is estimated that more than 15,000 books have been written about him. Within a month of entering office, he would lead over the Civil War, the bloodiest conflict on our soil in the history of the United States. His charge was to preserve the union and to emancipate the slaves. His lifeblood was words. He read them, wrote them, spoke them, meant them. Noted for his eloquence in a time when oratory mattered, he penned all his own speeches that impart essential truths important to us today. He warned us that we must be vigilant to keep our democracy on track. The last lines of his Gettysburg Address still ring in our ears, “...we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain...and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

     Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865 before he had a chance to heal the wounds of our nation. It was six days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, ending the Civil War.

Artist Notes

“The Strange Fates of Lincoln: A Portable Museum”, is my interpretation of events gleaned from my extensive research.  Where there was conflicting information, I relied on credible resources including the Smithsonian and the US Library of Congress. The dioramas are created from cardboard with my drawings and paintings.

REFERENCES (Selected from larger list)

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“With Malice Toward None, With Charity for All”

The Strange Fates of Robert Todd Lincoln

Who Killed President James Garfield?

President McKinley Shot!

Abraham Lincoln References

Reference Books (selected) for “The Strange Fates of Lincoln: A Portable Museum”

Actress Saves Lincoln

  • The True Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography” Betty Boles Ellison. (Important for correcting damaging falsehoods about Mary Lincoln.)

  • The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln’s Widow, as Revealed by Her Own Letters”,  Myra Helmer Pritchard, Author; Jason Emerson, Editor. Written in 1927 but barred from timely publication by the Lincoln family.

  • Love is Eternal”, Irving Stone. Title from the inscription inside Mary Lincoln’s wedding ring. This novel inspired Louise Taper, a foremost Lincoln scholar and collector.

Mary and Elizabeth Gift Shop

Tad Lincoln’s Myriopticon

Additional References

First Person Narratives