commemorating the reopening of Lincoln’s Home
the official gift to all dignitaries.
There were 1,200 hardbound books published for that day. The author
and illustrator Lloyd Ostendorf numbered and signed all 1,200 copies.
Phil Wagner paid Ostendorf for each signature. Wagner donated several
books to the home. A leather bound copy went to each of the following:
President Reagan, First Lady
Nancy, Secretary of the Interior, and the Director of Park Services.
The remaining 1,200 were distributed. Phil Wagner donated the first
20 to the Park Services to give out as they wished. The Eastern
National Association book store sold the majority of books that
were signed by Ostendorf. Phil Wagner kept a few for himself.
The picture on the front cover was chosen by Wagner, and the original
is owned by Wagner. Dr. Wayne Temple and the Park Service were asked
for their approval after Ostendorf produced the final sketch.
the very first publication, the Department of the Interior and the
National Park Service logos were permitted to be printed in the
book. These logos will distinguish the commemorative books approved
by the Department of the Interior and Park Services.