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Lincoln portraits on display at NH State Library

In honor of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s visit to New Hampshire, the New Hampshire State Library is hosting “The Mask of Lincoln,” an exhibit of portraits, facts and insights about our sixteenth president.

The 12-panel exhibit will be on display in the Map Gallery of the New Hampshire State Library in Concord from February 12 (Lincoln’s birthday) through April 15 (the anniversary of his assassination). It is open to the public; school groups are especially invited to visit the State Library and view the exhibit.

Drawn from the unrivaled collection of Lincoln portraits at Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, “The Mask of Lincoln” charts Lincoln’s passage from a fresh-faced Illinois congressman to a troubled visage as he led the fight for the Union, culminating in his grizzled isolation as president. The exhibit shows how Lincoln used the new art of photography to convey his image to Americans, letting them see in him what they most desired. David Ward, historian, is the exhibition curator.

“Most of us have an image or two of Lincoln that we’re familiar with,” said Michael York, New Hampshire State Librarian. “This exhibit not only builds on those visuals, but also enhances them with descriptions of what was happening in his life when each portrait was taken.”

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