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If you’re looking for something to do other than shop this weekend, managers at the Lincoln Presidential Museum have a rare piece of history on display.
Abraham Lincoln wrote five copies of the Gettysburg Address. Chris Wills with the museum said one of those is on display through Sunday at the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.
"Back in the 1940s school children collected money, thousands and thousands of dollars, so that they could buy a copy of the Gettysburg Address," he said. "And they donated it to the state of Illinois. So because of them, we have it today for everybody to appreciate."
Wills said the copy of the speech is a jewel in the state’s Lincoln collection.
"We’ve taken it out of the vault, where it’s kept for security and preservation purposes," Wills said. "It’s out where the public can come and see it. It’s a rare chance for you to see this piece of history with their own eyes."
This week is the 155th anniversary of Lincoln delivering the speech at the cemetery in Gettysburg.
Wills said after Sunday, the copy of the speech will go back into the vault.