Our Featured Exhibit for 2017
A 50-Year Private Collection by Dwight Schaaf
Abraham Lincoln was our 16th President during the years 1861-1865. He was one of four
presidents who were assassinated while in office.
Mr. Schaaf stated, "The impact Lincoln made on our country is unrivaled."
Dwight Schaaf's love of all things "Lincoln" isn't just because of his grandmother giving
him a scrapbook about Lincoln at the age of 14. It is not just that Lincoln is our most
known president, but because of what Mr. Lincoln stood for: his honesty, his integrity and
simply the man he was. If you read some of Mr. Lincoln's letters, you will agree that he
was a most eloquent writer. He revealed what was in his heart. He was a man you could
This exhibit has over 700 Abraham Lincoln items. Many are one-of-a-kind or rare items
collected over a period of 50 years. One of the pieces in the collection is a Lincoln bust
dated 1890 (see the left picture below). Another prized piece is the replica of Lincoln's life
mask. Dwight's collection has hands from the original cast made by Leonard Volk in
1860--during Lincoln's campaign for the U.S. Senate. You will notice the cast of Lincoln's
right hand is noticeably larger than his left hand, which was swollen due to shaking hands
with so many people during his presidential campaign.
• A large, old Lincoln $5 bill,
• a bookshelf filled with books about Lincoln (see the left picture below),
• Lincoln playing cards,
• a rare 3-by-4 foot velvet Lincoln painting (the large frame in the picture below), reportedly
by a circus painter, dated 1934.
• a large mosaic puzzle of original Civil War photos that make a portrait of Lincoln
• many unique Lincoln items in display cases
• a large display wall filled with Lincoln pictures (right, below).
Regular exhibit hours at the History Center are Saturdays and Mondays from 1 to 4 pm and
Sundays from 2-4 pm through November 20, 2017.
The Abraham Lincoln exhibit collection of Dwight Schaaf will also be open 5-7 pm
Thursday evenings from July 27 to August 31 to coincide with the "Music at the Fountain"
programs in downtown Greentown.
Admission is free, and the facility is handicap-accessible.
Area school classes and home-schooled students are invited to attend through Nov. 20,
2017. The facility is handicap-accessible. The exhibit is free to the public.
For group visit, you may contact Dwight Schaaf at 765-438-1186 to set up an appointment.
You may also contact the Greentown Historical Society at 765-628-3800 or via e-mail at
There are many novelty items on display: