“We looked for a nationally touring exhibition about Abraham Lincoln,” says MAG director (and longtime Lincoln admirer) Grant Holcomb, “and when we couldn’t find one, we created our own.” On February 12, 2009, Lincoln’s 200th birthday, a special opening day admission of one Lincoln penny brought in 893 visitors, many of them first-timers. What they saw were more than 40 images of our 16th president from MAG and other area collections. As Holcomb noted in numerous press interviews, it wasn’t Lincoln’s first appearance in Rochester. His inaugural train made a stop here in 1861, followed tragically by his funeral train four years later. Learn more about Lincoln in the MAG collection
Pictured: On February 11, director Grant Holcomb and Board president Andy Gallina accepted a proclamation honoring the exhibition from Jean Howard, chief of staff to mayor Bob Duffy, and city coucilwoman Elaine Spaull. Photo by Richard Baker.
Lincoln in Rochester was made possible by the Chester and Dorris Carlson Charitable Fund and presented in honor of the City of Rochester’s 175th anniversary. More about the exhibition