Friday, July 1, 2011

Framed Lock of Lincoln’s Hair Donated to Gettysburg National Military Park

Posted by- Neelam Mathews
July 1, 2011

Heritage Inns, Inc., of Gettysburg, has donated an unusual artifact to Gettysburg National Military Park - a lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair.  

The lock of hair was collected by Dr. Robert K. Stone during the autopsy conducted following President Lincoln’s death.  This framed lock of hairwas later presented by Dr. Stone to Enoch Pratt, a prominent unionist and philanthropist in Baltimore. The hair is framed and dated by Dr. Stone,
“April 1865.”

“The lock of Lincoln’s hair will become part of the permanent collection of Gettysburg National Military Park and will go on display in the museum later this year,” said Bob Kirby, Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park.  “This is one of those special objects that gives you the chills when you see it.”

Heritage Inns, Inc. operates the Hall of Presidents Museum, Soldiers Museum and Jennie Wade House Museum.  It is a locally owned company that has provided quality visitor services since 1969.

Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American History.  

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