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    Intent to Deaccession – Piano at Lincoln Home NHS

    Lincoln Home NHS proposes to deaccession a square grand piano (LIHO 36) to the Springfield Art Association.  The piano was made circa 1840 by Emilius N. Scherr Piano Company of Philadelphia.  The piano belonged to Mary Lincoln’s sister Elizabeth, who hosted the Lincoln’s wedding.  Reportedly, this piano was played at Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd's wedding on November 4, 1842, but there is no definitive evidence that the piano was played at the wedding other than family legend. 
    The piano is 80” long x 36” wide x 37.5” tall and is in fair condition.  Some veneer is loose, a string is missing, and the keyboard is sagging.  The soundboard is probably cracked.  A full restoration would likely cost $10-15,000.  The piano has been appraised at $2000.
    The proposed recipient is the Springfield (IL.) Art Association, a non-profit association that is housed in the Edwards Home belonging to Elizabeth Todd Edwards' brother-in-law, which is the closest connection to the Edwards family in Springfield.  It was suggested as early as the 1950s to send the piano to the Association. They have had the piano on loan since 2010.
    For additional information about this deaccession, contact:   Susan Haake, Curator, (217) 391-3246 or


    The National Park Service Clearinghouse intends to convey 148 military items to The National Museum of the Pacific War (NMPW) in Fredericksburg, Texas.  The Clearinghouse items have been on loan to NMPW since the 1990s.  These military items clearly fit the scope of collections for NMPW and are excess to the needs of the National Park Service.  

    For a list of the items or information on this conveyance, contact:

    Kathleen Byrne at 304-535-6204 or