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‘Lincoln’ has southeast Iowa connection

Jan 09, 2013

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln” arrives Friday at the Main Street Cinema in Mount Pleasant.

Focusing on the last three months of Lincoln’s life and his drive to end the Civil War and pass the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, the movie has received high praise for its riveting performances and depiction of the people and events of this significant historical period.

The Harlan-Lincoln House at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant is a local tangible link to the story of this iconic president.

The Harlan-Lincoln House, built by U.S. Sen. James Harlan, also was a secondary home to the Robert Todd Lincoln family.  Lincoln’s son Robert married Harlan’s daughter Mary. The Robert Todd Lincoln family brought their three children to spend summers in Mount Pleasant at the Harlan grandparents’.

The Harlan-Lincoln House and artifacts tell the story of the Lincoln family interaction with Mount Pleasant citizens, as well as the larger story of American history.

Artifacts include a fragment of the coat Abraham Lincoln wore to Ford’s Theatre; a mourning veil worn by his wife; their grandson’s rock collection, box for treasures, and tennis net; a recliner patented by James Harlan, his globe and game table; a Civil War battle flag and drum, and photos and other items owned by the Harlans and the Lincolns.

Tours of the Harlan-Lincoln House are available by appointment.   To schedule a tour, contact director Lynn Ellsworth at 319-385-6320 or iwcarch@iwc.edu.

 

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