Lincoln Memorial University

Public Programming

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The Museum offers a variety of programs for the general public, school groups, and area teachers.  Whether you are 0 or 99, the Museum has a program for you. Many programs focus on significant events in Lincoln's life.  The tragic Civil War years also receive their fair share of Museum projects.  For additional information about annual or upcoming programs and events, contact us by calling Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet at 423-869-6607


Yearly Programming

Of the People

Of the People, By the People, For the People

Thursday, January 4, 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is proud to present Of the People, By the People, and For the People, a free program and discussion on modern citizenship explored through the words of Abraham Lincoln. This project is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Through six separate public conversations led by Lincoln Memorial University scholars and museum professionals, the program seeks to forge common connections and a positive dialogue about citizenship and its responsibilities. Our fourth conversation, "Citizenship at the State Level" will allow the audience to read primary source documents related to Abraham Lincoln's conception of the idea of government when he was a Representative for the state of Illinois in the United States Senate. LMU professor Dr. Michael Toomey and Museum Curator Steven Wilson will provide the audience with background on Lincoln's journey to and experience in state government. Following this, the audience will be encouraged to think about their own position as citizens within their state.

All attendees to the free event will receive a free guidebook, Of the People, By the People, and For the People that contains an annotated Declaration of Independence and Constitution, writings from Abraham Lincoln's life, and points for consideration and conversation. Each of the six conversations in this series can be found in the booklet.

Individuals and groups are welcome to attend. Registration is not required, but is suggested. To learn more, please contact Museum Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet at 423-869-6607, or email

For the full calendar, please see below:

10/05/2017: An Intorduction to Abraham Lincoln and Citizenship

11/02/2017: The Right to Vote

12/07/2017: Citizenship at the Local Level

01/04/2018: Citizenship at the State Level

02/01/2018: Citizenship at the National Level

03/01/2018: The Citizen as Public Servant

Individuals and groups are welcome to attend. Registration is not required, but is suggested. To learn more, please contact Museum Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet at 423-869-6607, or email


Tad's Tots: A Free Monthly Program for Children 0-5 and their Caretakers

Why Honest Abe?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 10:00am 

Why do we call Abraham Lincoln "Honest Abe?" Kids can find out in this month’s session, which features a special story and craft to make and take home. Kids will also learn the importance of telling the truth, even when telling the truth is sometimes hard.

Tad's Tots is always a free event, but registration is required. If you register and are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can make spaces available for this popular program.

Registration required, and a limited number of spots are available. Please call 423.869.6607 or register here


Community Digital History Workshop August Session: Volunteer Voices

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 3:00pm

The Community Digital History Workshop series is a monthly program that teaches participants how to make use of history databases that are available to access from both the home computer and at Lincoln Memorial University. Sessions take place every month. These workshops are particularly useful to those who are interested in either/or genealogy and historical research. In the January session, users will learn how to navigate the Volunteer Voices collection.

Teachers who attend can also receive a one-hour Certificate of Completion. Please note that this opportunity is not for credit hours and does not award a CEU. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator at 423-869-6607 or at

To access the free August workshop guide on Chronicling America, click below:

Chronicling America Digital History Guide

To access the free September workshop guide on Library of Congress resources, click below:

Digital Resources at the Library of Congress Guide

To access the free October workshop guide on the Tennessee Virtual Archive, click below:

TeVA Digital History Guide

Attendance and materials are free. Registration required, and a limited number of spots are available. You can register here. Please call 423.869.6607 or email Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet at with questions. 


Lincoln Letters and Lincoln's Army: A free quarterly newsletter for elementary and middle school kids

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a soldier during the Civil War? Now you can have your chance to find out! The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is proud to offer you the chance to join Lincoln’s Army at the official rank of Private. If you decide to join, you will receive a membership card which gives you free admission to the museum when accompanied by a paying adult. You can keep up with other Lincoln Army members through the official Lincoln Letters newsletter that comes out every summer, fall, winter, and spring. All you have to do is ask your parents if they will let you send your name and address to


Special Programming

Civil War Cinema: Abrham Lincoln (1930)

Looking to escape the winter weather with the family? Visit the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum on Saturday, January 27, to watch the 1930 classic, Abraham Lincoln. Although many film critics over the years have criticized both the acting and the historical accuracy of the film, this was the first cinema feature about the Civil War to feature sound - and a few surviving veterans of that conflict were able to watch it in their lifetime. After the showing, learn about the truth vs. the fiction in the film, and learn about the reactions of Civil War veterans to the film, too.

Registration is not required, but is suggested. Please register here.


Abraham Lincoln's 209th Birthday Celebration and Lecture

February 16 and 17, 2018

Join the Museum for two days of celebrating the 16th President's 209th birthday. Activities will be provided for ages 0-99. Check back on this page to learn more as the dates approach, or contact 423-869-6607 or email

For Information: 423-869-6607


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