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Idaho commemorates anniversary of Lincoln’s death

Idaho is marking the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln with ceremonies today at the Lincoln statue just south of the state Capitol, and at the Idaho State Historical Archives, where a special two-hour open house is planned from 3-5 p.m. at the “A. Lincoln: His Legacy to Idaho” exhibit; the open house will include tours and is free to the public.

The ceremony is set for noon with a wreath-laying at the foot of the statue, remarks by David Leroy and state and city officials, and a 21-gun salute from Civil War re-enactors. The state Historical Archives, where the afternoon event is set, is located at 2205 Old Penitentiary Road in Boise. The Lincoln exhibit there includes more than 200 artifacts and historical documents donated to the state by David and Nancy Leroy in 2012, documenting the connections between President Lincoln and Idaho.

A third event will start at 6:30 p.m. today at the Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., where Idaho Civil War 150 Commissioners and volunteers from the Civil War Round Table will present a multi-media program including a short documentary, a discussion about the conspiracy to kill President Lincoln, and a special announcement about a new link that’s been documented between Idaho and the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and other conspirators in Lincoln’s assassination. There’s more info here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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