Editor's note: Kentucky is making plans to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of its native son, President Abraham Lincoln, on Feb. 12, 2009. The official public commemoration begins February 2008 and closes February 2010, but many events already are under way. In preparation for the big day, The Advocate will be sharpening readers' knowledge of Lincoln.
The "Lincoln Family and Friends - Hardin County, Kentucky" exhibit will open at the Hardin County History Museum on Oct. 5. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 7 p.m. followed by a reception in the second floor meeting room.
Lincoln's father, Thomas Lincoln, was a resident of Hardin County from 1797 to 1816 when he moved to Indiana. One of the featured items in the exhibit is a bust of Thomas Lincoln. Other artifacts include an 1860 Lincoln-Hamlin ferrotype, an 1864 Lincoln campaign medalet, an 1864 Lincoln campaign badge, as well as period books that Lincoln was reported to have read during his childhood. The many facets of the Lincoln family story in Hardin County are covered in 12 exhibit panels.