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‘McLincoln Museum’ Is ‘Downright Horrendous’

The author, William Marvel, lambastes the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois as “loud, cheap, and mawkish” and “a cross between a chintzy wax museum and the Hall of Horrors at the Fryeburg Fair.”

He also criticizes fixations over historical memorabilia and monuments as draining money that could be used to preserve historic battlefields. Restoration of Civil War battle flags also comes in for scorn.

For all such activities he offers a new name:  Reliquarianism.



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