Abraham Lincoln was a town postmaster in New Salem, Ill., before he became President and guided the United States through the Civil War, signed the Emancipation Proclamation and delivered the Gettysburg Address. To celebrate Lincolns 200th birthday, the Smithsonians National Postal Museum
highlights his life in the featured collection From Postmaster to President: Celebrating Lincolns 200th Birthday through Stamps and Postal History on its virtual museum, Arago, at www.postalmuseum.si.edu/ARAGOLincoln
This collection uses postage stamps and other postal history-related objects to celebrate Lincolns humble beginnings as well as the events from his first civil-servant position as postmaster through his tenure as President of the United States. Significant Lincoln-related documents from the National Archives, including the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address, are featured alongside the museums objects.
This featured collection uses stamps and other postal objects to celebrate Lincolns 200th birthday; these pieces of history illustrate the many different stories and legacies of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, said Allen Kane, museum director. When you are finished viewing the exhibit, it is impossible not to realize how few Americans have made a greater impact on the history of this great country.