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With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition

January 15 – March 20, 2011 at Omaha's Durham Museum

Union Pacific Celebrates Lincoln

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Omaha, Neb., January 14, 2011With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition, an exhibition created by the Library of Congress, will open tomorrow January 15 at The Durham Museum. The exhibition offers the public the opportunity to view rarely seen treasures from the Library of Congress's collections.

With Malice Toward None charts Lincoln's growth from prairie lawyer to preeminent statesman and addresses the monumental issues he faced, including slavery and race, the dissolution of the Union, and the Civil War.

The exhibit reveals Lincoln the man, whose thoughts, words, and actions were deeply affected by personal experiences and pivotal historic events. By placing Lincoln's words in a historical context, the exhibition gives visitors a deeper understanding of how remarkable Lincoln's decisions were for their time and why his words continue to resonate today.

"We are proud to sponsor the exhibit and be part of the celebration of President Lincoln's life and legacy. When he signed the Pacific Railroad Act into law in 1862, President Lincoln created Union Pacific to implement his vision for a transcontinental railroad that would connect America. Today, Union Pacific is as dedicated as ever to continue to build America," said Jim Young, Union Pacific chairman and chief executive officer. "Special thanks to the Friends of the Durham Museum, who played an important role in supporting the exhibit in Omaha."

The exhibit marks the greatest assemblage of objects from the Library of Congress's Lincoln collections in history. It will include letters, photographs, political cartoons, period engravings, speeches, and artifacts. The actual grammar book studied by Lincoln in his effort to master English, the notes he prepared in advance of his debates with Senator Stephen Douglas, and the personal scrapbook he assembled of newspaper clippings of the debates bring this iconic figure to life. Other items will include campaign and election ephemera and such treasures as a facsimile of an autobiography which Lincoln supplied to admiring biographers, his penciled "Farewell Address" as he boarded the train from Springfield, Ill., his first Inaugural Address, the Bible upon which he took the oath of office on March 4, 1861 (the same one used by President Obama in 2009), and a facsimile of his unforgettable Gettysburg Address and a rare lithograph of a final draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. Military enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the highly critical letter Lincoln wrote but never sent to Gen. George Meade following the Battle of Gettysburg and the letter of thanks to Gen. William T. Sherman for the capture of Savannah, Ga.

The exhibition will include the Lincoln family Bible, a caned chair from the Lincoln and Herndon Law Office on loan from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, and the contents of Lincoln's pockets on the night he was assassinated. Aspiring poets will enjoy Lincoln's early attempts at this difficult art form, as well as Walt Whitman's Civil War diary and verse.

With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition and its national tour are made possible by the generous support of Union Pacific Corporation. Presented locally by the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Douglas County Commissioners, Mutual of Omaha, First National Bank, Valmont Industries, Inc., the Dixon Family Foundation, the Dillon Foundation, the Robert H. Storz Foundation, and Howard and Rhonda Hawks. Media support provided by WOWT Channel 6.

Exhibition Hours

The Durham Museum has extended hours during the exhibition.

  • Monday, Wednesday – Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1-5 p.m.


About The Durham Museum

The Durham Museum, making its home in Omaha's beautiful art deco Union Station, is home to permanent exhibits that preserve Omaha's vibrant history, traveling exhibits covering subjects ranging from history and culture, to science and industry, and many entertaining, educational, family-oriented activities. The Durham Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and has strong ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives, and The Field Museum. Admission is free for members and children age 2 and under; $7 for adults; $6 for seniors; and $5 for children 3-12. For information about The Durham Museum please visit the museum's website at

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally responsible and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.

Contacts:   Durham Museum - Shawna Forsberg - 402-444-5071, Ext. 560 (
  Union Pacific Railroad - Mark Davis, 402-544-5459 

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