The oldest known sample of Abraham
Lincoln's writing will be on display during August at the Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.
It's a page from teenage Lincoln's sum book, a homemade booklet
of scratch paper Lincoln used to practice math.
Lincoln's stepmother, Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln, saved the
book for 35 years. After the president's death, she gave it to his
law partner, who gave away pages to Lincoln's friends. Ten pages
The page that's to be displayed came to the museum as part of
the Taper Collection. It will be taken off display Aug. 31 to be
replaced by another notable artifact from the collection.
The museum has undertaken a $27 million fundraising drive to
keep the 1,500-item Taper Collection together and preserved.