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


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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10:00am 

Abraham Lincoln was known for his kind heart towards animals. Caregivers and their children can join us at the museum as we read Abe Lincoln and the Muddy Pig together. Then, we’ll tour the galleries and learn about some of the animals that the Lincolns kept as pets. Following the tour, we’ll make a puppet of Tad Lincoln’s pet goat.

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 the Tennessee Virtual Archive from the Tennessee State Library and Archives

Thursday, October 12, 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 October session, users will learn how to navigate the Tennessee Virtual archive from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

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.

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

Chronicling America Guide.pdf

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

Digital Resources Library of Congress.pdf

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 with questions. Please register here.


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

National History Day Workshop: Finding Inspiration for National History Day

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1:00pm

This year's National History Day theme is "Conflict and Compromise." In this free workshop, teachers and students can search the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum for inspiration. We'll begin with a walking tour of our galleries and hold discussion points along the way. Following, we'll gather together in the Museum auditorium to discuss the brainstorming process and to look through a list of the Museum's archival resources. Teachers who attend can also receive a two-hour Certificate of Completion. Please note that this opportunity is not for credit hours and does not award a CEU.

To learn more about National History Day and how middle and high school students participate, please click here.


Tennessee History Highlights Teacher Workshop for Tennessee Teachers

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9:00am-3:00pm

The East Tennessee Historical Society has partnered with Humanities Tennessee to offer the Tennessee History Highlights teacher workshop across the state, hosted in your community by the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum at Lincoln Memorial University.

This hands-on workshop will feature activities that cover content from the 4th, 5th, 8th, and 11th grade American History curriculum standards. These major events and people from Tennessee's story will be featured:

Fort Loudoun Massacre
Watauga Settlement and Purchase
Tennessee Frontier Characters such as Little Carpenter, Dragging Canoe, John Sevier, Richard Henderson, James Robertson, and William Brownlow
Battle of Kings Mountain
Lincoln’s Presidency, Tennessee, and the Civil War
Tennessee Civil War characters such as David G. Farragut, Horace Maynard, Andrew Johnson, Felix Zollicoffer, John McCline, and Mary A. Hansard
The Great Depression and the New Deal

The workshop is structured around student-tested, inquiry-based activities; activities which are designed to enrich the learning experience and teach key literacy skills. Key primary and secondary sources will be featured throughout the day. Specifically, teachers will experience best practices for using these types of primary sources in the classroom:

Text documents
Illustrations and graphics
Museum programs and classroom outreach

Educational programming and resources offered by the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum will be featured throughout the day.

The workshop for Tennessee teachers will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017, in the Daughters of the Union boardroom of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum from 9:00am until 3:00pm. Lunch will be provided, as will a small stipend for travel. A Certificate of Participation (not a university credit or CEU) will also be given to participating teachers at the end of the workshop. For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet at 423-869-6607 or email


Of the People

Of the People, By the People, For the People

Thursday, October 5, 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, to local residents beginning on Thursday, October 5, 2017. 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. To many, Abraham Lincoln illustrates the value and responsibilities of citizenship. Individuals on both sides of the political spectrum claim Lincoln as their own. This fact presents an opportunity for the community to use the life and ideals of the former president as a starting point for constructive discussion about modern thoughts on citizenship.

The first public discussion will take place on Thursday, October 5, 2017, within the Arnold Auditorium of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum. "An Introduction to Lincoln and Citizenship," will allow the audience to read primary source documents related to Lincoln's words on citizenship in the 1850s and then consider how citizenship is viewed in the present. Lincoln Memorial University history scholars and museum professionals will guide the audience in discussing the connections of the past to the present. The session will conclude with audience members sharing their thoughts with one another, asking questions, and voicing observations about both teh past and present. Additionally, 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.

The first session of Of the People, By the People, and For the People will also include light refreshments and the unveiling of our new upstairs gallery, "Lincoln, the Constitution, and Citizenship." Be the first to explore the new area, learn more about citizenship as it was understood in the 1800s and in the present, and interact with the exhibits. Future months will include discussions on the right to vote, citizenship at the local level, citizenship at the state level, citizenship at the national level, and public service.

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

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