Saturday marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's election, and if you want to celebrate the life of everyone's favorite president, head to the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop.
They've been the source of all things Abe since 1938.
It's hard to escape our 16th President. He's very much alive, in movies, in animated form and his likeness even helps sell insurance.
If you want to dig a little deeper, we've got the place: the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in River North. For more than 70 years, it’s been a go-to destination for scholars, historians and casual history fans.
Longtime owner Daniel Weinberg is an expert in all things Lincoln. The shop has a spindle bed that came from the Lincoln's home in Springfield, eventually given to a housekeeper when the family left for Washington D.C.
"This is a beautiful fan, a memorial to Lincoln after the assassination," Weinberg said.
The fan, made in Cuba, was mostly made of aluminum, which at that time was considered a precious metal.
And they've got books, like one about a confederate POW camp that the author gave to the President.
There's a bronzed replica of Lincoln's right hand, crafted in Chicago in 1860 and a program you would have received if you were there the day Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. There is so much to see there, like a personal check believed to be for work done on the Lincoln's outhouse in Springfield.
"This is the last known reward poster for John Wilkes booth," Weinberg said.
It's a journey back in time Weinberg never tires of.
“You get to know the joys and the sorrows and the problems that they had in their lives. You get to know it so well that you replicate it, and it's almost like years added to your own. They're almost like family friends to me, and so I feel all of this age in between and I feel a little bit older than even my gray hair show," Weinberg said.
Although he was revered and admired like few others, Abraham Lincoln, Weinberg reminded us, wasn't perfect.
"Here is the only known instance of Lincoln misspelling his own name," Weinberg said. "His own signature. The O and the L got turned around. Lincoln crossed it out and did it again until he got it right.”
Daniel loves to show that piece to kids to show them that even a giant like Lincoln made mistakes, just like everybody else.
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