Kansas has only confirmed piece of gallows from Lincoln’s conspirators

The Kansas Museum of History is featuring a special exhibit called “Hail to the Chief” that features several artifacts related to the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

The artifacts include an umbrella held over Lincoln’s head on the way to his first inauguration, a flag carried by the Second Kansas Colored Infantry and a playbill fragment from Ford’s Theater with drops of Lincoln’s blood.

Perhaps the most unique piece in the Kansas State Historical Society’s collections is the Lincoln Conspirator Gallows – a crossbeam from the gallows on which Lincoln’s conspirators were executed. Museum officials say it is the only confirmed piece of the gallows in existence.

Barry Cauchon, co-author of an upcoming book, will be the featured speaker at an event at the museum in Topeka explaining how science and research led to proof that the crossbeam was authentic. His presentation will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka.

The Hail to the Chief special exhibit runs through Feb. 24. For more information, call 785-272-8681 or visit