In the month of August, our Wednesday "Prep Day"(normally used to do laundry, clean, etc.) lined up with our "night off". That means we were not in the nightly play called Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo on any Wednesday night in August. This means that we didn't have to be back into Nauvoo at 6pm as usual. So we took advantage and went farther afield on three different Prep Days. One trip took us to Springfield, Illinois to see the Lincoln Museum. The second trip was to Hannibal, Missouri to visit all things Mark Twain. The third was to the 1808 Fort in Fort Madison!
The LINCOLN MUSEUM (1st Wednesday in August)We spent 4 hours in this huge museum. It's very well done and extremely informative. We took pictures of only part of it.
They had Lincoln's life portrayed in different walk-thru scenes.
Including the political times he lived in.
The store he worked at...
His courtship of Mary Todd.
One of his campaigns...
and how he never disciplined his kids.
We even posed at the White House. (It was a large museum as you can tell)
They had copies of the actual dresses worn by Mary Todd Lincoln. The following dresses were constructed from pictures of society ladies who were rivals of Mrs. Lincoln and who didn't think she was sophisticated enough for Washington.
The pictures of each women in the exact dress was below each dress.
There was a huge room showing caracatures of Lincoln. He wasn't popular all the time.
Most in his cabinet didnnt agree with the Emancipation Declaration freeing the slaves in the northern States. As it turns out, it was a stepping stone kind of law that paved the way for the 13th Ammendment which came later on.
This room focused on the Civil War. You could highlight each picture on a screne below the display and learn more about it. You could have spent hours in here alone. We actually spent almost 4 hours at the museum.
The following pictures show how much Lincoln aged in a short time. We learned that the weight of the 620,000 deaths of Americans (total on both sides) took its toll on Lincoln.
It showed the Ford Theatre just before the assassination. Booth was a disgruntled actor, famous for his time, who supported slavery and hated Lincoln for his anti-slavery views.
After the funeral, Lincoln's body toured the country on its way to Springfield, Illinois where he was buried. We ran out of time to go to the monument at his grave.
It was extremely interesting. There is also a Lincoln Library which has so many artifacts in the vault from that time. They have digitized all the records for people to see. Quite amazing. We're so glad we went. A great Prep-Day.
Bryce and Mark Twain. They look alot alike I think! Just imagine Bryce with a mustache and ...well...hair. We had alot of fun at this museum.
Norman Rockwell was chosen to do the art for a special edition of "The Adventures of Tome Sawyer". On the left is Norman Rockwell's preliminary sketch. The final sketch of the character Tom Sawyer is on the right.
Another museum in town dedicated this wall to the unsinkable Molly Brown whose childhood was spent in Hannibal before she moved to Leadville. She was very pretty and did alot of good for the underprivileged later in her life.
Turns out that the characters in Mark Twain's books were based on real people he knew as a kid. So this house just behind Mark Twain's house was where "Huck Finn" lived.
This is Mark Twain's room as a boy. He'd sneek out to do stuff with his friend who was alway in trouble. This episode is in the book too. Almost all the characters in Tom Sawyer are from Mark Twain's boyhood.
This was "Becky Thatcher"s house - Tom Sawyer's girlfriend. In real life, this is where the girl who Mark Twain admired lived. It is right across the street.
The house on the right is where Samuel Clements lived.
Samuel Clement's father's law office.
Bryce just had to white wash the fence.
This is downtown Hannibal. It's such a cute town. It has a great quilt shop that I just had to go in!
THE ROCKCLIFF MANSION IN HANNIBAL, MISSOURI
Like the Tiffany lamp and beautiful fireplace.
Isn't this an amazing sculpture.
This was the foyer. It's way bigger than it looks here.
The bedrooms were lovely.
Ceiling up the center of the stairs.
Look at how fancy this court room is. The chairs were all old style. There was a computer screen up near the bench though.
FORT MADISON - THE HISTORIC FORT OF 1808-1813
Notice the beds in the barracks are on a slant. That way the soldiers could get in and out easier with all their gear on and it make it uncomfortable enough so they didn't sleep soundly.
These are the medical tools of the day. Notice the jar of Leeches!
This "soldier" was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge - the battles, the conditions, the trade, etc. This fort was actually set up as a trading post with the local tribes. It wasn't for "whites" or for profit. They traded at fair prices.
He fired off a period replica of the firearms of the day - without a ball inside, just the gun powder.
It was very impressive.