SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- New artifacts
are on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum that mark the 16th
president's ties to agriculture and higher education.
Museum officials in Springfield
say the items include an original letter Lincoln
wrote to a cousin during his 1860 presidential race. In the letter Lincoln writes about
helping plow land. There's also a sculpture of Lincoln showing him chopping wood and
The exhibit also includes Lincoln's personal copy of the first annual
report from U.S. Department of Agriculture. Lincoln created the agency in 1862 to
specifically deal with food production. Broadcaster Max Armstrong donated the
report to the museum in 2000.