By Paula @ Holiday World

You don't have to be a history nut to be a fan of our 16th President.

Abraham Lincoln, who was raised on a farm just four miles west of this park, appeals to just about everyone.

Did you know we have a Lincoln collection in the building that also houses Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen and the Bavarian Glassblowers?

A local man named Ora V. Brown assembled the collection lovingly over the years, and passed it along to Santa Claus Land (now Holiday World) upon his death in 1966.

And what a collection it is …

This display case, above, is located toward the end of the exhibit. We first see artifacts from Kentucky, then Indiana, and then Illinois. We see what Abraham did with his life before becoming President Lincoln.

If you enjoyed Steven Spielberg's epic film Lincoln, you won't want to miss what we call the Lincoln Classroom. It includes such rare artifacts as:

  • Lincoln handwriting, dating back to his days as a young student;
  • Earliest known published image of Abraham Lincoln;
  • Several presidential signatures;
  • Cordial case owned by the Lincolns and used for entertaining at the White House;
  • Mourning card acknowledging President Lincoln’s death, with mourning ribbon and Lincoln’s photograph; and
  • Ceremonial pen used by President Kennedy to sign the bill creating the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Indiana, the state’s first national park.

Mr. Lincoln is surely our country's most famous fallen hero. And this weekend we honor and remember all who have given their best for their nation's safety and freedom.

God bless them all.

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