In February of 1861, after winning the 1860 presidential election, Abraham Lincoln left his hometown of Springfield, Illinois, on a 12-day journey to Washington, where he made many stops and gave several speeches. One hundred and forty nine years later, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum have been working together to retrace that 12-day, 19th century journey, by shortening the 21st century journey of the digital copies of these records back to Illinois and across the globe.

In preparation for the exhibit several years ago, the Lincoln Library, located in Springfield, Illinois, has been involved in a major digitizating project called The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Documentary Editing Project.

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