News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 10, 2013

GENEALOGY: The Lincoln family is focus of new museum exhibit

Tamie Dehler
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society is offering two programs of interest during the month of March. Tomorrow evening, the Society will present “The Wabash River–Its Impact Through the Ages,” at its March meeting. This discussion will center on the Wabash River and its genealogical impact on settlement, migration, etc. Mike McCormick will be presenting this topic.

The meeting and presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Vigo County Public Library. This is open to the public as well as WVGS members.

From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on March 23, the society will sponsor a “Brick Wall Roundtable Forum,” which will be moderated by a panel of WVGS members. This forum is your chance to get personal help on your brick wall genealogy problems.

It is also a good time to network and get to know other genealogists. Bring your research, specific questions, mystery photographs, etc. Who knows, you may have a suggestion or a solution to another researcher’s brick wall.

The forum is free and open to the public and you may register ahead of time at Default.aspx?pageId=989468&eventId=613875&EventViewMode=EventDetails.

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Now through August 4, 2013, the Indiana State Museum, located at 650 W. Washington St., in downtown Indianapolis, will present “The Lincolns: Five Generations of an American Family.”

“Explore the lives of Abraham Lincoln and his kin from early 19th century Kentucky through his last direct descendent.... More than 150 objects will be on display, including handwritten letters, photographs, Tiffany jewelry, candelabra and other family keepsakes. Visitors...can also view a rare copy of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which ended slavery, and a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation,” according to museum promotional material.

“The legend of Abraham Lincoln reflects the fascinating reality of his life through the sum of human accomplishments and failures as well as the family bonds that impacted how these events unfold. We explore the lives of Abraham Lincoln’s kin from his mother and father’s struggle in early 19th century Kentucky through the death of his last direct descendent. Artifacts from the museum’s Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection will form the core of this exhibition, but priceless objects on loan from several of America’s leading historical institutions will provide context for this rich and compelling family story.”

Tickets for the exhibition are free for IHS members, $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for senior citizens (60 and older) and $5.00 for children (age 3 through 12).

From 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. On April 13, the museum will present “Save Our Union!” This experience is included with museum admission. Meet Hoosier Civil War re-exacters and take part in reporting to camp and mustering into the army. Get fitted for a uniform and go through the army’s basic drills.

For those who can’t make it to Indianapolis, you can visit the Civil War Home Front Collections on line at This is a collection of over 1,2000 documents, primarily letters written by Hoosier soldiers to loved ones back home. To access the collection, click on “our collections” and then on “digital image collections” in the drop-down menu.