Harlan-Lincoln House to host Open House

Iowa Wesleyan College announces The Harlan-Lincoln House at the college will host an open house on Wednesday, August 28, from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Midwest Old Threshers visitors and area residents are invited to learn the story of James Harlan, his friendship with President Abraham Lincoln, and their mutual grandchildren's lives in Mount Pleasant.

The Harlan-Lincoln House was built in 1876 by U.S. Senator James Harlan. Harlan's daughter, Mary, married Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln. The Lincolns brought their three children to spend summers here in the late 1870's and 1880's. Later, the Robert Todd Lincolns owned the home, added a wraparound front porch, and spent extended periods of time here. The house tells the story of the 50-year relationship between a prominent American family and this small Iowa college and community.

Since 1959, Iowa Wesleyan College has maintained the Harlan-Lincoln House as a museum. The museum includes artifacts belonging to the Harlan and Lincoln families: a fragment of the coat Abraham Lincoln was wearing when he was assassinated; Mary Todd Lincoln's mourning veil; Harlan's desk, globe, and recliner; a door measuring the heights of the grandchildren in 1883; grandson Jack's rock collection and tennis net; family silver, dishes, books, furniture, and clothing.

For more information, contact Lynn Ellsworth, 319.385.6320 or