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Phelps Mansion Museum Announces Abraham Lincoln Exhibit

The Phelps Mansion Museum in Binghamton will present an Abraham Lincoln 1860 Election Exhibit, opening Friday, November 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 was full of surprises. Lincoln was less well-known than some of his competition for the nomination, like William H. Seward of Auburn, NY. He had been defeated by Stephen Douglas for the U.S. Senate in 1858 (after the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates). He was not a household name outside of his home state of Illinois.

The political direction of the United States was the critical issue in the 1860 election. The voters of New York State held the key as to who was elected as none of the candidates could win without New York. Come and see who some of the key people were in this pivotal election.

The exhibit will be open on museum tour days (Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the normal $4.00 entry fee for adults and free for children ages 12 and under through December 14.

The museum is located at 191 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901.

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