Tuesday, November 08, 2011


Actually, they're turkeys who didn't make the cut, so to speak...

A Presidential pardon from the man who made Thanksgiving a national holiday has spared this turkey, which can now be purchased at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Store.

The soft, plush turkey, about the size of a softball, comes complete with a reproduction note from President Abraham Lincoln, who in 1863 proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving holiday. The note in Lincoln's handwriting reads:

"This turkey is pardoned by order of the President. A. Lincoln."

Lincoln is known to have pardoned a White House turkey with a note at the request of his son Tad, but that original note no longer exists.

The pardoned turkey may be purchased for $9.99 in the ALPL Museum Store, or on-line. On-line orders will also be charged shipping and handling.

The Museum Store will donate a portion of any "leftover" turkeys to the Toys for Tots holiday gift campaign after Thanksgiving.

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