DNC memorabilia highlights Philadelphia’s presidential past

DNC memorabilia highlights Philadelphia’s presidential past

This week, Democratic delegates and party loyalists from around the country are converging on Philadelphia to formally select their candidate. It promises to be a history-making convention, but as this grouping of ephemera reveals, it’s not the first time that Democrats have chosen the City of Brotherly Love for its stage. That distinction was earned …

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This state flag bore witness to the Gettysburg Address

This state flag bore witness to the Gettysburg Address

This flag, featuring the Pennsylvania State Coat of Arms, was purportedly flying from the platform on which President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, 1863.   The consecration of Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg not only recognized the significance of the Battle of Gettysburg, but also preserved land that honors the fallen …

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Lincoln’s funeral tokens: Mourning an American icon

Lincoln’s funeral tokens: Mourning an American icon

Many are familiar with the story of Abraham Lincoln and his April 14, 1865 assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. After the shooting on that (not so) Good Friday, Booth fled and Lincoln was taken across the street to the home of William Petersen where he would …

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