BELTON — About 200 people attended an opening reception Saturday for the Abraham Lincoln traveling exhibit at the Bell County Museum, and more than 500 have visited since it arrived Dec. 29.

“We are excited that this exhibit has been received so well,” said Ginger Frembling, museum curator. “We have had hundreds of people come to visit, even people that have traveled to come and see the exhibit.”

At the reception, Talmage Boston, an award-winning attorney, gave a speech on the life of Lincoln and described the president’s relationship with his parents.

Boston said Lincoln did not have a good relationship with his father, since he enjoyed reading and learning while his father wanted him to work on the family farm.

“My father taught me how to farm, he did not teach me how to love it,” Boston said, quoting Lincoln.

Boston said history is filled with the “story of a boy’s destiny to exceed what their fathers did” and described Lincoln as a “spectacular lawyer” with less than a year of formal education.

Members of Salado Legends dressed in Civil War period clothing and guests were treated to bowls of “Civil War stew” and cornbread.

Stephanie Turnham, director of Bell County Museum, dished up stew and said she was “impressed with the turnout” at the reception.

Theresa Lindberg, 7, explored the Lincoln exhibit and gave it two thumbs up.

“This is pretty cool,” she said.

The Bell County Museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

For more information, call the museum at (254) 933-5243.

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