A Rare Opportunity to See the Emancipation Proclamation at the Natural History Museum

The Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln will be on display in time for Presidents’ Day at the NHMLA Feb 16 through March 30 (the above image is part of a photo by Deniz Dumas, courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the full image is below.)

Looking for a cool, authentic way to celebrate Presidents’ Day? Head over to theNatural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) to view their 1864 commemorative lithograph of the Emancipation Proclamation—one of only two prints signed by Lincoln in museum collections on the West Coast.

The rarely-seen, beautifully calligraphed artifact from NHMLA’s Seaver Center for Western History collection will be on view through March 30. Visitors to the Museum will learn about how Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 as the country entered its third year of civil war, freeing all people held as slaves in seceding states. The critical document remains one of the President’s most important and complicated legacies.

For more information on NHMLA’s Emancipation Proclamation, please visit nhm.org/ep . Admission to see the copy of the Emancipation Proclamation at NHMLA is included with General Museum Admission. Tickets are available at nhm.org.

1864 commemorative lithograph of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln. Photo by Deniz Dumas, courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
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About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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