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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Abraham Lincoln Museum

I recently passed through Springfield, Illinois and made a visit to the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Lincoln loved Shakespeare's plays, and understood them arguably more than any other President.

Here are some pictures:

This museum had these remarkable life-size models, not unlike Madame Tussaud's, and the first one as you enter is of his family.

Here is a picture of young Lincoln in front of the log cabin he was born in, with a copy of Aesop's Fables in his lap.

Here, inside the same log cabin, a young Lincoln reads by a fire. He was known to read Shakespeare even as a child, and he read the plays his entire life, even in the White House during the Civil War.

Here is a picture of Lincoln, moments before he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, sneaking into his box, far right. Booth and his family were famous, especially for performing Shakespeare.

I loved this. In the gift shop, there was a display of Lincoln's favorite books: 

Look at all that Shakespeare!