The Lincoln Heritage Museum continues the restoration for the Middletown Flag from Abraham Lincoln’s 1860 campaign. In conjunction with the Sons of the American Legion, Lincoln Heritage Museum will host a breakfast fundraiser at the American Legion on Sunday, March 8.
The Middletown Flag was hand sewn by the ladies of Middletown, IL to show their support for Abraham Lincoln during the Wide Awake Rally in Springfield.
Once the flag was completed in 1860, William Boyer of Middletown took the flag to the Wide Awake rally in Springfield. Afterwards it was rolled up and placed in a barn at the fairgrounds. When Lincoln arrived at the fairgrounds, supporters draped the flag over Lincoln’s carriage.
This flag is an important piece in Logan County’s history.
“We are honored to have this unique item in our collection that shows a direct tie between Abraham Lincoln and our local community,” said Anne Moseley, Director and Curator of the Lincoln Heritage Museum.
The Middletown Flag is part of a three banner series from the Wide Awake Supporters of Logan County. The Lincoln Heritage Museum proudly houses the entire collection including the Railsplitter Banner, The Nation’s Choice Banner, and the Middletown Flag.
Once the flag is fully restored, the entire collection will be completed.
The Lincoln Heritage Museum acquired the flag in 1993 from Ralph Newman.
The breakfast will be held Sunday, March 8 from 8-11 a.m. and all proceeds will benefit the restoration efforts of the flag. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the Lincoln Heritage Museum until March 7. Kids eat free.
Any ticket purchased at the door will not benefit the fundraising efforts of LHM. Interested persons are encouraged to purchase in advance.