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125th Anniversary of LMU

Founders Day 2022

Join us in celebrating the 125th Anniversary of LMU!

Our beloved university was founded in 1897 on February 12, the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. We are planning a year of special programming and events in honor of our quasquicentennial.

The Founding of LMU

Throughout 2022, we will celebrate “Four Seasons to New Seasons.” The theme highlights the University’s humble beginnings on the grounds of the then-defunct Four Seasons Hotel which opened with a grand ball in 1892. The luxurious vacation destination in Harrogate, Tennessee, included a 700-room hotel and 200-bed sanitarium. A year later, the enterprise was failing. The property and buildings were sold in 1895 and promptly liquidated.

In 1896, Civil War General, Oliver Otis Howard recalled a conversation he had with President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, where Lincoln observed that the mountain people of East Tennessee were loyal, but often overlooked. Howard recalled Lincoln’s wish to repay the Appalachian people for their loyalty and agreed to assist Reverend A.A. Myers by building a school that would serve as a living memorial to President Lincoln while providing educational opportunities for underserved populations. Lincoln Memorial University was founded on the anniversary of Lincoln’s birth in 1897, nestled in the Cumberland Gap at the site of the Four Seasons Hotel.

One hundred and twenty-five years later this living memorial to Lincoln can take a student from kindergarten, at the J. Frank White Academy, all the way to a professional degree. The University’s footprint stretches from Corbin, Kentucky, to Tampa, Florida, with online offerings reaching across the country. With an enrollment of over 5,000 students and an economic impact on the region that exceeds $100 million, LMU is fulfilling the mission established by its founders.


  •   Schedule of Events

    Beginning on February 11, the University will host Founders Day of Giving activities, the annual Lincoln Games for students and special Lincoln birthday commemorations at LMU’s Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM). The ALLM will offer free admission Friday, February 11 – Sunday, February 13, and will present special programming throughout the weekend and a special behind-the-scenes look at items from the ALLM's vault. The LMU Athletic Department will host a special alumni night for the Lady Railsplitter and Railsplitter basketball games versus Queens on Saturday, February 19. During the games, the LMU Pep Band will debut the new University fight song commissioned to honor the 125th anniversary.

    Programming will continue throughout the calendar year with special events, guest lectures, original theatre productions, student poetry contests and a very special Homecoming program. 

Founders Day of Giving

We would like to invite you to participate in our 20 for the Top Hat campaign! We are asking our alumni, faculty, staff, and students to give back to LMU by donating $20! We are so thankful for the continued support from our donors that help us continue to have a lasting impact on the lives of so many students. Check out the video below as our students express their gratitude to all of our amazing donors!
Donate to $20 for the Top Hat!