He is on the $5 bill, the penny. He is commonly characterized in commercials, television shows and, occasionally, movies. His face is etched into the side of Mount Rushmore and tops the 19-foot statue within the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
All this face time has given Abraham Lincoln an iconic status, but an exhibit opening at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich hopes to show Lincoln in a different light -- that of a man grappling with a divided nation, intense political pressures and personal tragedies.
"Lincoln, Life-Size" opens Saturday, featuring photographs, images and artifacts on loan from the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection, which is overseen by the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation. Visitors will have a chance to view glass negatives by photographer Mathew Brady, official government war maps, war prints and other items.
In celebration of the exhibit's opening, the museum will host a Family Day from 1 to 4 p.m., for ages 5 and older. Visitors may participate in gallery hunts and crafts, as well as meet Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln at 3 p.m., as brought to life by impersonators Larry and Mary Elliot. The couple will describe life as it was in the White House in 1865. The activities are free with museum admission.
The Bruce Museum is at 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich. Sat-June 6. $7 adults; $6 for seniors, students; free museum members, under age 5. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.; closed Mondays, though open Feb. 15 for Presidents Day 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 203-869-0376, www.brucemuseum.org.