“Abraham Lincoln, The Honest Clerk” by Frederic Mizen
“Abraham Lincoln, The Honest Clerk” by Frederic Mizen
A temporary art exhibition


Discover how a local Fort Wayne business rallied to promote the spirit of our country’s legacy!


When the business boom of the 1920s came to a crashing halt on October 29, 1929, more than America’s economy tottered on its foundation. The Great Depression of the 1930s was both a cultural and an economic crisis. Businessmen in breadlines, farmers forced off the land, unemployed workers in the streets, families broken by poverty and despair-all threatened the American Dream.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal recognized the importance of rebuilding public confidence in American values. In the same spirit, Lincoln National Life Insurance Company commissioned a series of paintings portraying Abraham Lincoln’s honesty and hard work and his

belief in equality, freedom, and the nation’s future. Lincoln had lived the American Dream and saved the American nation. What better inspiration for a nation in crisis? What better image to advertise a company whose motto proclaimed, “its name indicates its character”?

These original paintings by Leone Bracker, Frederic Mizen, J.C. Leyendecker, Dean Cornwell and Pruett Carter will be on exhibit in Insuring Lincoln’s Image from February 8 through June 8, 2008, at The Lincoln Museum. The Lincoln Museum is located at the corner of Clinton and Berry Streets in downtown Fort Wayne. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 .m. General admission is $4.99, seniors and children (5 – 12 years old), $3.99. The Lincoln Museum also features one of the largest museum stores in northeastern Indiana. Shop on-line at


Call 260-455-3864 for additional information.

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