Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Period of Performance

8/1/2009 - 8/31/2012

Funding Totals

$400,000.00 (approved)
$400,000.00 (awarded)

Lincoln and New York

FAIN: GI-50122-09

New York Historical Society (New York, NY 10024-5152)
Louise Mirrer (Project Director: February 2009 to December 2012)

Implementation of a large interpretive traveling exhibition, a website, a smaller traveling nine-panel exhibition that would circulate nationwide, a catalog, and public educational programs on Lincoln and his relationship to New York City.

The New-York Historical Society will organize and install "Lincoln and New York," a major interpretive exhibition and national traveling component that will explore for the very first time how America's flourishing media and financial capital-also a center of Northern pro-slavery sentiment and anti-Lincoln Democratic politics-contributed to and influenced Lincoln's political rise, his prosecution of the Civil War, his decisions on emancipation and African-American enlistment, and ultimately Lincoln's place in history. The exhibition will present more than 100 objects, including original artifacts, iconic images, period newspapers, original paintings and sculpture, and hand-written period documents. The traveling component will feature text panels, facsimiles of objects and documents, selected original works from the Society's collections, and media components, including an introductory film and audio-visual presentations of speeches and the media creation of national candidates.