180-year-old piano likely heard by Lincoln to play again

This Feb. 1, 2016 photo shows the recently restored square grand piano Abraham Lincoln likely heard when he courted Mary Todd at Edwards Place in Springfield, Ill. Manufactured in Philadelphia about 1835, the restored 180-year-old instrument will debut Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Edwards Place _ the city’s oldest home that was owned by the husband of Mary Lincoln’s sister and a haunt of the future 16th president. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A piano that Abraham Lincoln likely heard when he courted Mary Todd in Springfield has been restored.

The Springfield Art Association will reveal the square grand piano Saturday at a concert at Edwards Place. It will feature music the 16th president was said to favor.

Erika Holst is art association collections curator. She says the piano was manufactured in Philadelphia about 1835. There is evidence that Ninian Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, who was Mary Todd’s sister, owned the piano at the time Lincoln courted his future wife at the Edwards’ home.

That house no longer stands, but Edwards Place was in the Edwards’ family. It got the piano from the National Park Service in 2011 and raised $17,000 to restore it.

This Feb. 1, 2016 photo shows the manufacturer's sticker inside a recently restored square grand piano in Springfield, Ill. The Springfield Art Association raised $17,000 to restore the 180-year-old instrument, that Abraham Lincoln likely heard when he courted Mary Todd, which will be played for the first time in decades in a benefit concert Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 in Springfield. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
This Feb. 1, 2016 photo shows the manufacturer’s sticker inside a recently restored square grand piano in Springfield, Ill. The Springfield Art Association raised $17,000 to restore the 180-year-old instrument, that Abraham Lincoln likely heard when he courted Mary Todd, which will be played for the first time in decades in a benefit concert Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 in Springfield. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

 

 

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