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Harlan-Lincoln House museum open house set

Aug 21, 2013

MOUNT PLEASANT —The Harlan-Lincoln House at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 28. Midwest Old Threshers visitors and area residents are invited to learn the story of James Harlan, his friendship with President Abraham Lincoln and their mutual grandchildren’s lives in Mount Pleasant.

The Harlan-Lincoln House was built in 1876 by U.S. Sen. James Harlan. Harlan’s daughter Mary married Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Lincoln.

The Lincolns brought their three children to spend summers here in the late 1870s and 1880s. Later, the Robert Todd Lincolns owned the home, added a wrap-around front porch and spent extended periods of time here.

The house tells the story of the 50-year relationship between a prominent American family and this small Iowa college and community.

Since 1959, Iowa Wesleyan College has maintained the Harlan-Lincoln House as a museum. The museum includes artifacts belonging to the Harlan and Lincoln families: a fragment of the coat President Lincoln was wearing when he was assassinated; Mary Todd Lincoln’s mourning veil; Harlan’s desk, globe and recliner; a door measuring the heights of the grandchildren in 1883; grandson Jack’s rock collection and tennis net; family silver, dishes, books, furniture and clothing.

For more information about the Harlan-Lincoln House, contact Lynn Ellsworth, 319-385-6320 or iwcarch@iwc.edu.

 

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