HARROGATE, Tenn. - From the construction of the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine building on the hill, to the renovation of LaFrentz-Poole Hall, motorists traveling past Lincoln Memorial University should notice changes all over campus. But probably the most eye-catching view is the new 22-foot-high banners that adorn the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum.
The city of Harrogate appropriated the funds for the museum to create two large banners depicting the Battle of Bull Run and Lincoln at Gettysburg.
The battle scene is a detail from a Civil War-period lithograph that shows the Union defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run in July 1861. The large Lincoln banner is a detail from the Louis Bonhajo oil painting of Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address. Both images were taken from items in the museum's collection.
Mayor Bill Fultz, Dennis Chumley, Dr. George Day and the City Council were instrumental in the support for this project.
"The city of Harrogate has always been supportive of the museum," said Museum Director Thomas Mackie. "We were fortunate that we were able to create two striking banners that will significantly increase the interest in the museum."
The banners are 22 feet high and 12 feet wide and can be seen by motorists traveling both north and south on U.S. Highway 25-E.
The museum and the city of Harrogate previously worked together to install signs for the museum at the city limits in 2005.
The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate. Housing one of the top-five Lincoln and Civil War collections in the world, the museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Call the museum at 869-6237 or 869-6235 for more information.