“Lincoln” and the Chicago History Museum: Collection plays part in Oscar nominated film

On tonight’s WGN News at Five, I went to the Chicago History Museum to take a look at their Abraham Lincoln collection. The 16th President’s death bed is on display, but behind-the-scenes, you’ll find even more real-life artifacts. The museum has one of the President’s few remaining top hats. There is a bloody sheet believed to be from that fateful night. They also have a dress worn by First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.

The collection was impressive enough to attract director Steven Spielberg – the filmmaker visited the museum while doing research for the now Oscar nominated movie “Lincoln.” To give you an idea of how long Spielberg has been working on the project, museum staff told us he visited back in the early 2000s.

My feature on the collection and its ties to the movie is above. Here’s more information about the Chicago History Museum…

Chicago History Museum | 1601 N. Clark | 312-642-4600 | Mon-Sat 9:30-4:30, Sun 12-5pm | Adults $14, Seniors/students $12, Kids 12-under FREE | chicagohs.org

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