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The "Merci Train," or "Thank You Train," arrived in the United States from France in February 1949, in gratitude for a "Friendship Train" full of food and other necessities sent to France from the United States the previous year. The French train contained one car full of gifts for each state. Illinois' car was displayed in Chicago and Springfield before the contents were distributed.

From the description of "Merci Train" Records, 1949-1950. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 69399884

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn John Williams and Company. Business records, 1830-1939. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Illinois State Historical Library. "Merci Train" Records, 1949-1950. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Pratt, Harry E. (Harry Edward), 1901-1956. Papers, 1910-1991 (1937-1956). Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Barrett Lincoln Collection Fund. Records, 1950-1952. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Orendorff Family. Papers, 1868-1947. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Appleman, Roy Edgar. Miscelleanous publications collection relating to Abraham Lincoln, 1865-1977. Mclean County Historical Society Library
referencedIn Angle, Paul M. (Paul McClelland), 1900-1975. Paul M. Angle papers, 1776, 1809-1978 (bulk 1940-1973). Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Schmidt, Otto Leopold, 1863-1935. Otto L. Schmidt papers, 1877-1941 (bulk 1900-1935). Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Illinois Centennial Building Commission. Minutes of Commission meetings, 1917-1919. Illinois State Archive
creatorOf Sawtelle, William Otis, 1874-1939. Pioneers of Mount Desert ancestry and descendants of Daniel Gott, 1923-1927 and 1928. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Sound & light at the Old State Capitol press releases 1976-1980 / [Illinois State Historical Library]. Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building
referencedIn Patton, Francine E. Letter, May 6, 1893. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Illinois State Council of Defense (World War I). Women's Committee pamphlets, bulletins, and reports, 1917-1920. Illinois State Archive
referencedIn Miscellaneous pamphlets, etc. relating to Illinois State Historical Society. Chicago History Museum
creatorOf Sanchez, Rafael Augusto. Tribute to Lincoln / by Rafael A. Sánchez. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Inventory of the Samuel Erson Asbury Papers Texas MSS 00044., 1872-1960 Cushing Memorial Library,
creatorOf Illinois State Historical Library. Newspaper file. Reel 10-17, Miscellaneous supplement 3 [microform]. Cleveland Public Library, Main Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Angle, Paul M. (Paul McClelland), 1900-1975. person
associatedWith Asbury, Samuel E. (Samuel Erson), 1872-1962 person
associatedWith Barrett Lincoln Collection Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Eitel, Otto K. fl. 1950. person
associatedWith Hill, Millicent fl. 1950. person
associatedWith Illinois Centennial Building Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Illinois State Council of Defense (World War I) corporateBody
associatedWith John Williams and Company. person
associatedWith Monaghan, Jay, 1891-1980. person
associatedWith Orendorff Family. person
associatedWith Patton, Francine E. person
associatedWith Pratt, Harry E. (Harry Edward), 1901-1956. person
associatedWith Sawtelle, William Otis, 1874-1939. person
associatedWith Schmidt, Otto Leopold, 1863-1935. person
associatedWith Stevenson, Kenyon, 1895-fl. 1950. person
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"Merci Train."
"Thank You Train."
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Active 1923

Active 1928

French,

English

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