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Abe in Idaho

Thursday, Aug. 8

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Everything is made better with a splash of vino--including abolition, the Emancipation Proclamation and Idaho history.

A sneak peek of the Lincoln Legacy exhibit is on display for one night only before it opens to the public in the fall. From 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, the Idaho State Archives offers beverage connoisseurs and Abe Lincoln enthusiasts a night of fine wine and historic preservation at Wine, Eats and Artifacts.

The exhibit showcases artifacts connecting President Abraham Lincoln with the Gem State, and most come from the private collection of David Leroy, who served as Idaho attorney general and lieutenant governor. Included are Lincoln's signed appointment of the first territorial chief justice and second territorial governor, remarks on the organization of Idaho Territory and the Order of Procession for Lincoln's funeral parade--which lists Idaho Territory's Honorable William H. Wallace as a member of Congress in attendance.

Those attending the preview can munch on appetizers and sip wine provided by the Foundation for Idaho History as they enter the exhibit through a re-creation of Lincoln's Cabinet Room, complete with replica furniture. And if that doesn't make you want to relive the achievements of America's 16th president, visitors exit the president's box in Ford's Theatre, where Honest Abe met his untimely demise.

A no-host bar will also be available, and if you're still on the fence, for $25, donors can select a mystery bottle of wine valued at more than $100--that's more than 20 of those bills with Lincoln's face on them.