Lincoln exhibits at Indiana State Museum 

Greeting you at the entrance of the Indiana State Museum's (650 W. Washington) dual Lincoln exhibits, featuring 400+ artifacts, sits the coach taken by the 16th POTUS to Ford's Theatre on the night he was murdered. Conspicuously sizeable in structure - elegant yet unassuming, melancholy yet pleasant - the black-washed carriage calls to mind the man it carried on that ill-fated April evening, as do the simple, insightful exhibitions it introduces. With Charity for All, presented by the Lincoln Financial Foundation through July 25, displays the life of Lincoln through a lively mix of physical and written history. Highlights include a beautiful cabinet crafted by Lincoln's father and his initialed legal portfolio. Across the hall, With Malice Toward None, presented by the Library of Congress through April 11, is a more document-heavy production. Don't miss Lincoln's breakup letter to Mary Owens or the earliest draft of the Gettysburg Address. The exhibits' interactive components - strategic touch screen maps and video boxes - agree with the experience's overall texture: understated value.

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