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2/27/2013 7:10:00 PM
Lincoln coffin replica making a stop at museum
The Lincoln coffin display is one of only four that travel around the country. (Submitted photo)
The Lincoln coffin display is one of only four that travel around the country. (Submitted photo)

Crawford County Historical Society will pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln with two special events during April.

In honor of the 148th anniversary of Lincoln's death, the CCHS will display a replica of Lincoln's coffin, made by the Batesville Casket Co. in 1865.

The coffin is an authentic replica of the one Lincoln's body traveled in as it made its way from Washington to his burial site in Springfield.

The original coffin was six feet, six inches long and constructed of solid walnut. It was covered in black broadcloth with a white satin interior. The outside was adorned with silver plate handles, along with silver and pearl tacks arranged in a decorative pattern. There was also a silver plate inscribed with Lincoln's date of birth and death attached to the top.

The replica coffin, that will be on display, has many of the same features as the original, but is not lined with lead nor does it have the inscribed silver plate.

The Batesville, Ind. company has four such displays that travel around the country.

The coffin will be on display from Tuesday, April 9, through Sunday, April 21, at the museum on South Cross in Robinson. It will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9, 12, 13, 16, 19 and 20, and Monday, April 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.

There will be a special "Night at the Museum" exhibit on Friday, April 12, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Along with the coffin, on display will be a number of Civil War era pieces from the museum's collection, including an original "New York Herald" dated April 15, 1865, telling of Lincoln's assassination.

There will also be a special presentation on Sunday, April 14, at Lincoln Trail College, presented by Curtis Rostad, Executive Director of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, on Lincoln's death and funeral.

Rostad has done a lot of research on Lincoln's death and funeral. He will be sharing his research from 2 to 4 p.m. at the college. Lincoln's coffin will also be on display during the presentation.

There is no charge for the presentation, but patrons are asked to make a free will donation in the form of pennies.

For more information about these events or the museum contact the Crawford County Historical Society at 544-3087.

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