Thursday, February 26, 2009

Federal Hall

Federal Hall National Memorial is located downtown at 26 Wall Street. George Washington took the presidential oath of office at this site and this was home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices. Now, the building functions as a museum and memorial to our first President. Kevin and I have attempted to visit before only to realize they are not open on the weekends but we were successful today and spent 20 minutes to stop in.

Right now they are celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln with the new “Lincoln in New York” exhibit on display until April 30. The exhibit includes artifacts varying from photographs to manuscripts to memorabilia from Lincoln’s 1860 and 1864 presidential campaigns.

My overall impression of the museum was fine. I found the building and historical significance of the site fascinating. However many of the items inside are replicas or facsimile’s of actual items and that was somewhat disappointing. Since the museum is always free and conveniently located downtown right next to the New York Stock Exchange, I do intend to return soon.

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