An artist working for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, visited Springfield to learn more about Abraham Lincoln, his family, and community. He drew illustrations of three first floor rooms within the Lincoln Home that were published in the newspaper on March 9, 1861. Visits from artists, reporters, photographers and others helped satisfy the nations' curiosity about the relatively unknown Abraham Lincoln.
Using the historic 1860 engraving that appeared in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, as well as other information, the National Park Service has attempted to restore the Lincoln Formal Parlor, where Lincoln received notification of his nomination for the presidency.
Questions for Drawing 1 and Photo 3
1. Compare the 1860 illustration with the modern photograph of the restored Lincoln home parlor. What are the similarities and differences between the two? What might account for the differences?
2. The information provided in the 1860 engraving is not in color. How do you think researchers might have been able to decide what color wallpaper, carpeting, and paint would be correct in the Lincoln home restoration?
3. Why do you think it is important to restore the parlor to the year 1860? How does this help us learn about what Lincoln's life was like at the time?
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