We are very fortunate to have the Roberson Museum and Science Center in our backyard.

To mark the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, the Binghamton museum will host a special two-day exhibition, The First Step To Freedom: Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on Thursday, November 1 from 12-8pm and Friday, November 2nd from 12-5pm.

The exhibition will display the only surviving version of the document in Lincoln's handwriting and will include its' historical background.  The First Step to Freedom will compliment the museum's current exhibit on The Civil War.

According to the Robinson Museum Press Release, Lincoln's final Emancipation Proclamation burned in a Chicago fire in 1871, "the Preliminary Proclamation survived the State Capital fire of 1911 and has been preserved by the State Library."  As you can imagine, the exhibit will include some stringent guidelines and armed guards.

History buffs will enjoy the First Step To Freedom exhibit for free, thanks to an Anonymous community donor and other supporters of the Roger Kresge Foundation.  With the extended hours on Thursday, Roberson is expecting a big turnout.

The Robinson Museum and Science Center is located at 30 Front Street, Binghamton, New York.  For more information, you can contact the museum at (607) 772-0660 or www.robinson.org