Kentucky Historical Society lending Lincoln items to Reagan Library exhibit

Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, items from the 1860 presidential election, and other Lincoln artifacts from the Kentucky Historical Society will be lent to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library for an exhibit this summer.

Abraham Lincoln's watch on display at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. © 2012 Herald-Leader staff photo by Pablo Alcala.

Abraham Lincoln’s watch on display at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. © 2012 Herald-Leader staff photo by Pablo Alcala.

The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln will open at the Simi Valley, Calif., museum on June 1 and will run until Sept. 30. Included in the exhibit will be artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives. The Historical Society’s contributions will include “Lincoln’s pocket watch, a campaign medal from the 1860 presidential election, a campaign ribbon from the 1860 presidential election, a World War I-era poster reading ‘Books Build Character’ that features Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, and a print of Lincoln’s early home in Kentucky,” according to a news release.

The pocket watch was in the spotlight late last year when sound specialists from Steven Spielberg’s biopic Lincoln traveled to Frankfort to record it because Spielberg wanted sounds Lincoln heard in the movie.

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