Lincoln exhibit in Belton

A traveling exhibit, "Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in American,"featuring reproductions of some of the president's most famous possessions will be on display through March 9 at the Bell County Museum in Belton.

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BELTON — “Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America” opens Saturday at the Bell County Museum and runs through March 9.

“We are very excited to bring this exhibit to the museum,” said Stephanie Turnham, museum director. “The exhibit will showcase Abraham Lincoln, the man. (He) was a self-educated man who became what he aspired to be through hard work, which is a good lesson for us today.”

It’s the only stop in Texas for the traveling exhibit, organized by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill.

Some of the reproduced artifacts on exhibit, all modeled from originals in the Springfield museum, will include Lincoln’s favorite books, his son Tad’s toy cannon, the nameplate from his Springfield home, and his stovepipe hat, which he used like a briefcase to hold important papers.

Reproductions of an axe that Lincoln used to chop wood and the bloody gloves found in his pocket the night of his assassination also will be on display.

“It is beautiful and has lots of information on Lincoln,” Turnham said of the exhibit, which will include interactive activities.

An opening reception featuring people in period costumes and recipes from the 19th century will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 12 at the museum. Talmage Boston, an award-winning attorney, and Mark Updegrove, director of the LBJ Library and Museum in Austin, are set to speak during the event.

On Feb. 9, the Bell County Museum plans a “birthday bash” with Lincoln-related activities and a giant cake.

The Bell County Museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 201 N. Main St., Belton. Admission and activities are free.

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

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