Kentucky Historical Society to loan Lincoln's watch to Reagan library

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Historical Society is allowing Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch and several other artifacts of the famous president to be displayed in an exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

The society said in a release Wednesday that the exhibit, titled "The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln," will open at the library on June 1 and run through Sept. 30.

The exhibit will explore the life of Lincoln, commemorate the Civil War and mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

It will include significant Lincoln artifacts from around the country, including pieces from the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress and the National Archives, in addition to those from the Kentucky Historical Society.

Artifacts from the KHS collections will include Lincoln's pocket watch, a campaign medal from the 1860 presidential election, a campaign ribbon from the 1860 presidential election, a World War I-era poster reading "Books Build Character" that features Abraham Lincoln and George Washington and a print of Lincoln's early home in Kentucky.

The pocket watch will be back on display in November at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort.