In honor of this year’s sesquicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s nomination and election to the presidency, staff of Lincoln Home National Historic Site have been authorized to wear a reproduction of a Lincoln campaign pin that was popular during the 1860 campaign.
This type of campaign pin featured a round ferrotype photograph that was surrounded by a thin metal frame and was produced for all four of that year’s presidential candidates in over 160 known varieties.
Abraham Lincoln became the Republican Party nominee on May 18, 1860, and was elected that November.
Lincoln Home NHS interpretive rangers can use the campaign pin as a tool to begin conversations about Lincoln’s election, including Lincoln’s stance against the spread of slavery, how his election was seen by many as a threat to the future of slavery, and what happened to the nation as a result. Staff will wear the pin through the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s inauguration, March 4, 2011.