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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, December 7, 2017, 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 second conversation, "Citizenship at the Local Level" will allow the audience to read primary source documents related to Abraham Lincoln's time as a citizen in New Salem, Illinois. LMU professor Dr. Michael Toomey and Museum Curator Steven Wilson will provide the audience with background on Lincoln's rise as a citizen and politician within his Illinois frontier community, concluding with a read-through of Lincoln's first public address. Following this, the audience will be encouraged to think about their own position as citizens within their local community.

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 natalie.sweet@lmunet.edu.

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 natalie.sweet@lmunet.edu.

 

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

Christmas and New Year with the Lincolns

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 10:00am 

What was Christmas like in the White House during the Civil War? Kids can find out in this month’s session, which features a special story and a Christmas ornament to make and take home. While Christmas was mainly celebrated as a private family affair with the President working in his office in the 1860s, New Years Day was a significant occassion with the President shaking thousands of hands and, in 1863, signing the Emancipation Proclamation.

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: Using Virginia Memory

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 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 November session, users will learn how to navigate the Virginia Memory, the digital wing of the Library of Virginia, the state archives and reference library.

Due to ongoing renovation at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, participants in this program will meet in the Museum parking lot and make their way to the LMU Carnegie Library. We still hope to see you there!

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 natalie.sweet@lmunet.edu

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. Please call 423.869.6607 or email Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet at natalie.sweet@lmunet.edu 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 natalie.sweet@lmunet.edu.

 

Special Programming

Abraham Lincoln's 209th Birthday

February 12, 2018

Join the Museum for a day full 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 date approaches, or contact 423-869-6607 or email natalie.sweet@lmunet.edu.


For Information: 423-869-6607

 

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