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Lincoln exhibit coming to Helper in June

Sun Advocate reporter

Beginning June 18 the Western Mining and Railroad Museum will be holding a commemorative exhibit honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln. The exhibit, which will run until July 16, will be free of charge to the public.

The exhibit will feature seven kiosk learning stations covering different periods of Lincoln's life including his childhood, his self-education, his career as a surveyor and lawyer, his family life, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the 1860 presidential election and Civil War, the 13th Amendment, the Emancipation Proclamation, his assassination and other important periods in his life, according to the brief synopsis covering the exhibit in the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce 2010 Membership Directory.

The kiosks will have replicas from the periods including his signature stove pipe hat, an ax he used, his son Tad's cannon and the nameplate from his home.

The museum in Helper, which is always free to the public, is hoping to have several renovations done by the grand opening of the exhibit. The new section of the museum is currently open but the grand opening of that addition will coincide with the event. Moving the present model train display upstairs in the museum will allow for the main level to be utilized for the Lincoln exhibit.

One of the projects that the museum hopes to have completed by that time is a native species garden adjoining the building. This garden will take the help of the community to become a reality as all the work being done on it is coming from volunteers. Tentatively the opening of the garden will be at the end of April although it is expected to be finished no later than June 18.

Using the kiosks as center pieces, museum officials hope to expand from there with other area artists to submit pieces to run in smaller exhibits concurrently with Lincoln. These kinds of displays would include handmade hats in the style of the day and other various pieces of art.

Extended hours will be implemented during the duration of the exhibits' stay. The museum will be open seven days a week with hours running Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. -6 p.m. On Friday and Saturdays the hours will be 10 a.m. -8 p.m. And on Sundays the museum will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Amanda Holly, the city librarian, as well as the members of the museum staff, were influential in bringing the traveling exhibit to Carbon County.

It will stop in 40 different locations across the country while it is on loan from the Lincoln Presidential Library.

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