Pictures of Lincoln's dog on display at Brookside Museum

At the studio, Lincoln and his sons, Willie and Tad, watched as Ingmire snapped pictures of Fido sitting atop a fancy rug.

"The Fido photos really became quite famous," Ingmire said.

The bulk of Ingmire's business came not from presidents, but from Civil War soldiers. He would take pictures of men in uniform that fit in the palm of a hand and were used by the soldiers "as a calling card," Ingmire said.

When Lincoln was killed, Ingmire took it upon himself to take pictures of the funeral. The procession included not only Lincoln's casket, but that of his son, Willie, who died while Lincoln was in office. Standing at the entrance to the Lincolns' crypt, Ingmire was able to take the photos of the caskets.

Ingmire said he's never shown the pictures locally, other than to a well-known Lincoln historian who visited the area. He's excited to share his piece of history at the museum and hopes to have some of the photos enlarged before Friday.

Ingmire will be joined at the museum by Michael Yates, a local Civil War re-enactor who will play authentic Civil War era music, and a Lincoln impersonator. The museum's Civil War exhibit will also be open.

Rebecca Codner, Brookside's public programs manager, noted that the event is being tied in with First Friday. The museum doesn't always take part in First Fridays, but when it knows it has an upcoming program, it often tries to schedule it for First Friday, she said. The Lincoln event seemed like a good fit because it will appeal to all ages.

"I thought it was a great idea," Codner said.

Ingmire said he's always happy to show the photos, so they might make more local appearances if people approach him. He doesn't have any intention to sell them, though. He has two children and will let them decide the photos' future, he said.


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