Apr 27, 2013 10:51 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Letters written by President Abraham Lincoln on display in Santa Maria

An employee at the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society recently found some precious Civil War era letters from the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant.

On Saturday, the museum hosted an open house viewing of the letters. They're calling it "Across Five Aprils" because the letters were dated over a period of five years.

The letters will most likely be put in storage, but organizers wanted to make sure locals had a chance to take a peek before they're put away.

Museum officials say they found three scrapbooks full of memorabilia.

"It's nice to have a little bit of history about a very important President, our 16th President who brought the Country together after the Civil War," said Edward Zemaitis, the President of the Historical Society.

Lincoln experts and even a Lincoln impersonator came out to Saturday's event.

The letters should be on display for about a month.



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