Howard M. Pollman said the Emancipation Proclamation exhibit at the State Museum of Pennsylvania is simple.

The action of the document speaks for itself.

"It's what it does that's really important," said Howard, spokesperson for the museum.

"Emancipation: Lincoln and His Proclamation" opened Jan. 12 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the document that freed slaves in rebellious states during the Civil War. It runs until Feb. 3.

The exhibit includes a copy of the proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln, which was loaned to the museum by the Union League of Philadelphia. The copy - known as the Leland-Boker edition - is one of 26 known copies, according to a news release.

In 1864, 48 copies were printed and signed by Lincoln, Secretary of State William H. Seward and the president's private secretary John G. Nicolay. They were sold for $10 each - the equivalent of $250 today - at the Great Sanitary Fair of Philadelphia to raise money to help sick and wounded Union soldiers.

The exhibit also includes images of Lincoln, and

caricatures and letters, which reflect both sides of the issue that divided the country.

Pollman said the exhibit puts the Emancipation Proclamation in context of the 1860s.

Pollman said the museum also is updating its Civil War gallery with new artifacts. That gallery will open late April. This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.


He said the Emancipation Proclamation exhibit is important because of its impact on history - for the state and the nation.

"It's really worth taking a look at," Pollman said.

- Leigh Zaleski,
FlipSide staff

If you Go

WHAT: "Emancipation: Lincoln and His Proclamation"

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays (until Feb. 3)

WHERE: The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St. in Harrisburg

COST: $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors

DETAILS: Visit or call 717-787-4980