CITY OF HARROGATE HELPS GIVE MUSEUM A FACELIFT
March 22, 2007 - Harrogate, Tennessee— Motorists traveling past Lincoln Memorial University will notice changes allover campus. From the construction of the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine building on the hill to the renovation of LaFrentz-Poole Hall, the campus is abuzz with progress. But probably the most eye-catching view is the new 22-foot high banners that adorn the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM).
The City of Harrogate appropriated the funds for the ALLM to create two large banners depicting the Battle of Bull Run and Lincoln at Gettysburg. The battle scene is a detail from a Civil War-period lithograph that shows the Union defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run in July 1861. The large Lincoln banner is a detail from the Louis Banhajo oil painting of Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address. Both images were taken from items in the museum’s collection.
Mayor Bill Fultz, Dennis Chumley, Dr. George Day and the city council were instrumental in the support for this project. “The City of Harrogate has always been supportive of the museum,” Director of the Museum Thomas Mackie said. “We were fortunate that we were able to create two striking banners that will significantly increase the interest in the museum.”
The ALLM and The City of Harrogate previously worked together to install signs for the museum at the city limits in 2005. The banners are 22 feet high and 12 feet wide and can be seen by motorists traveling both north and south on US Highway 25E.
The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War collections in the world, the Museum is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm, Saturday from 11am to 4pm and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. Call the Museum at 423-869-6237 or 423-869-6235 for more information.
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