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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Looking for Lincoln stuff

Since just about every town and everyone is gearing up (or wishing they were gearing up) for the gala that is becoming the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial, I thought I'd share a few things to get you in the mood:

* A modern movie review of D.W. Griffith's 1930 biopic, Abraham Lincoln. The author draws some rough parallels with Oliver Stone and his presidential movies: "... the story of a simple, silly good ole boy’s rise to the U.S. Presidency." Bonus: If you've never seen the movie, or have and want to see it again on your computer screen, it's embedded in the review in all its two hour glory. If you do nothing else for the Bicentennial, watch this movie.

* Everybody's talking about the new book, "The Last Lincolns: The Rise and Fall of a Great American Family," by Charles Lachman. Here's a review by the Vermont Sunday Magazine: "A sad legacy for the heroic Lincoln."

* I wonder what some of my Lincoln scholar friends (if I had any) would say about "House of Abraham: Lincoln, the Todds, and the National Family" by Stephen Berry, assistant professor of history at the University of Georgia. Mr. Berry gave a talk about his book at Chico State University (pop-up warning) in California, where he said, "If Abraham Lincoln's in-laws were alive today, 'they would probably be throwing chairs at each other on the Jerry Springer show.'"

* It looks like some really good Bicentennial action is going to be in Washington, D.C. According to the Washington Post, starting next week and going for a year and half, "No aspect of his existence, it seems, will go unexplored." Wish I could go there.

* Also in that Washington Post article, I thought it was interesting to learn that 60 books about Abraham Lincoln are "set to be published in the next 18 months." Wow.

* Ford's Theater, where Lincoln was assassinated, is set to reopen in February after a massive $50 million renovation. The Ford's Theater Museum will reopen in April. Unfortunately, they have a problem showing Abe's clothes, including the Brooks Brothers coat he was wearing that fateful night. "Display of Lincoln's bloody overcoat triggers a debate | Textile experts fear display of Lincoln's garments in the light may doom historic clothing." Perhaps in the future some new technology will be invented where the clothes can be displayed without chance of ruin.

* Closer to home, schools in Danville, Illinois, are getting Lincoln kits. In addition to copies of campaign ads and signs, "Other artifacts included in the kits: pen and ink set, washboard, gloves, parasol and shawl with the Mary Todd Lincoln kit, White House tea cup, sewing kits, corn cob pipe, soap, tooth powder, a canteen, hardtack crackers and cutter for the crackers that Civil War soldiers would use."

* The “A. Lincoln: Self-Made in America” traveling exhibit stopped in Dwight, Illinois (love that town; hope I never have to live there), over Columbus Day weekend. Sounds like a good time was had by all. Check the Tour Dates to see if it's coming to a town near you. (Tour Blog.)

* And, saving the best for last, from the Abraham Lincoln Observer:

The SJR (AAF) is currently advertising its upcoming book offering, “A. Lincoln — His Illinois,” a largely photographic look at Lincoln’s central Illinois, past and present. The ALO had a little bit to do with the production — not much, we left the heavy lifting up to SJR Photo Editor Rich Saal — and has seen the proofs. Not to overdo the puffery, but we’re pretty proud of it; we think a lot of you will like it too. Publication in December, price $29.95 pre-publication, $39.95 after. If you’re interested, advance order forms are in the paper every day. Or check out the banner at the top of our home page. (Emphasis added.)

I really want that book. Memo to Mr. ALO (always a friend of Disarranging Mine (AAFODM); I just made that up, but it could happen): I can't find that link anywhere on the banner or the web site.

Until next time....

Posted by Marie at November 2, 2008 1:07 AM


Lincoln Golf Club of Muskegon, MI will host the Four Score and Seven golf tournament next summer in honor of Lincoln's 200th birthday. The new Lincoln pennies will be awarded as prizes and everyone who turns in an honest scorecard will be elegible for a door prize. Looking for donations from North Muskegon who seceded from Muskegon somewhere after 1865. Ribs and barbeque chicken will be served after play.

Posted by: Carol at November 2, 2008 1:54 PM

Carol, that is just excellent. I recall you mentioning to me this was your idea. Good work, and good luck.

Posted by: Marie at November 2, 2008 9:10 PM

Marie: My bad, but those ads do bounce around. Here's the link:


Thanks for the mention. AAOFDM indeed.

(And, Carol, the golf tournament idea is hilarious.)

Posted by: The ALO at November 3, 2008 6:53 AM

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