Fitting or Not, a Lincoln Tribute Moves Forward

Anonymous Patron writes The New York Time Looks Inside the Lincoln museum and library. Not everyone is pleased with Richard Norton Smith’s (director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum) plans. Critics fear that in his desire to appeal to children and others who are unfamiliar with Lincoln, he is sacrificing the authenticity and decorum that the Great Emancipator deserves. He is pressing ahead, however, determined to give visitors a dose of what he calls “in-your-face history.”

Directors of many historical museums are wrestling with the issue of how much dazzling technology to use. Projects like the Lincoln Museum and one being built at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate, are pushing the limits of computer graphics, holograms and other state-of-the-art techniques.”