Rally Photo 150th Anniversary

150th Anniversary of the 1860 Rally Photograph.

John Popolis, NPS


All year long Lincoln Home National Historic Site will commemorate the rise of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency of the United States. In August, the park, along with numerous volunteers and staff recreated the famous rally photograph taken on August 8th, 1860.

On August 8, 1860, participants in a Republican rally were parading past the Lincoln Home, on their way to the state fairgrounds, and stopped in front of the Lincoln Home for a photograph. The admission of Kansas to the Union caused many problems for the nation because of the controversy over admitting it as a free state or one that allowed slavery. A lone lady, also in white, is following them in a small buggy representing Kansas with a sign that reads "Won't you let me in."

The picture was a great success and is available for download on this website and on Lincoln Home's official facebook page. LincolnHome.NationalHistoricSite

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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