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November 25, 2012

Lincoln artifacts on display at Miner Museum

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INKWELL, FOOT BATH

“There are a lot of engravings of Lincoln and other items related to Lincoln and the Civil War,” Palmer said of the Lincoln Library collection.

One item purchased from cousins of Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, is an inkwell with quill pen. Alice Miner’s friend Frank Gonzales acted as an agent for her and purchased such items during his travels across the country, Palmer noted.

Another item is a ceramic foot bath that for a long time was thought to have been a wine cask.

“Doing research, we found that it was part of a 12-piece toilet set Mary Lincoln purchased to use privately,” Palmer said. “We like to believe that at one time President Lincoln used this foot bath. We don’t know for sure.”

The item is attractively designed and includes an engraving of an eagle, shield and arrow with the words “E Pluribus Unum” beneath.

PHOTOS, LETTERS

The collection also includes a photo album of Lincoln, with images taken from 1848 to the president’s funeral procession.

The Civil War exhibit also features several letters from local soldiers who served during the war.

Email Jeff Meyers: jmeyers@pressrepublican.com

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IF YOU GO 

The Alice T. Miner Museum, located on Route 9 in Chazy, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, except for Christmas Day, until the end of December. Guided tours are held at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and last about an hour. For more information, call the museum at 846-7336 or email director@minermuseum.org.

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