Lincoln’s Toughest Decisions Gallery
In this innovative, interactive, award-winning gallery, visitors sit around a large wooden table, evoking Lincoln’s Cabinet table. The program allows users to explore digitzed letters, documents, and archival materials to help them decide how they, as a member of Lincoln’s Cabinet, should advise Lincoln during discussions about critical issues like the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, the military turning point of the Civil War in 1864, and the strategy for Lincoln’s reelection in 1864. Touchscreen technology allows visitors to select and magnify individual items on their desktop.
The experience may be adapted for visitors of all ages and may be used individually or booked as a group program. This gallery received the American Association of Museums 2008 Silver MUSE Award for outstanding interactive media.