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Abraham Lincoln's Life: Looking at Personal Artifacts

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What do personal possessions tell us about a person? This teaching collection includes: 1) artifacts that belonged to President Lincoln, 2) a handout to guide analyzing artifacts as primary sources, 3) a video of Harry Rubenstein, a historian at the National Museum of American History, telling about the objects, and 4) two videos of Harry Rubenstein describing how he verifies the history of objects.

Abraham Lincoln's Top Hat

National Museum of American History

Abraham Lincoln's Watch, around 1858

National Museum of American History

Abraham Lincoln's Office Suit

National Museum of American History

Abraham Lincoln's Wedge

National Museum of American History

"The Genuine Rail"

National Museum of American History

Abraham Lincoln's Patent Model

National Museum of American History

Emancipation Proclamation Inkstand

National Museum of American History