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


Monthly Programming

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

August's Theme: Civil War ABCs


Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 10:00am 

During this month’s special program, we’ll read B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet. Children will learn about key people, places, and items tied to the American Civil War. Following, they will make a special Abraham Lincoln alphabet craft. It's also a chance for your child to take a tour through our newest permanent exhibit, Log Halls to Marble Halls, which tells the story of Lincoln's early life.

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


Firelight Learners: Blast to the 19th Century Past!

September 11, 2018 

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is proud to announce its new program for homeschool families: Firelight Learners. This monthly program will introduce children from a range of ages about topics such as history, science, civics, and the arts!

For our September program, students will be introduced to Abraham Lincoln’s life on the Kentucky and Indiana frontiers. Although he had only one formal year of schooling, he was a “firelight learner” – he took the opportunity to read and study on his own whenever possible, even if it was by firelight. This led to him eventually becoming a lawyer, a politician, and the 16th president of the United States! Participants will take a guided tour through our new exhibit, Log Halls to Marble Walls, and then participate in the activities of a 19th century classroom. Older students will assist younger students with their ABCs and penmanship, and then be taught a lesson on rhetoric and recitation! Children of all ages are welcome to attend this event.

The program is free, but the $2.00 group rate will apply to all attendees, adults and children, to the Museum. For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet at or call 423-869-6607. Please register here


Special Programming

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is proud to participate in October's Tennesee STEAM event! All across the state, participating Museums will show audiences how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics pairs with the Humanities.

On October 19, you can visit the Museum to learn about the spread of disease during the Civil War, the treatment of illnesses and injuries, nautical tech, industrialization, coding (Morse Code, that is!), mapping, and mathematical wartime strategy. Stations on each of these topics will be set-up for the public beginning at 3:00pm, and school groups can arrange for visitation earlier in the day. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Admission is free to the event with paid admission to the Museum.

If you have any questions, please be in contact with Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet at or call 423.869.6607. You can also register here.


Mystery at the Museum: The Secret Behind the Séance

October 31, 2018, 10:00am-5:00pm

Join us for a Halloween to remember! Learn the facts behind Mary Lincoln’s White House séances, and see how this 19th century pastime worked. Then, become a Pinkerton Detective and take a self-led tour through our galleries to collect clues and reveal who is trying to scam the First Lady. It’s a fun family frolic with Halloween treats for trick-or-treaters included! Free with the price of paid admission.


Mrs. Lincoln's 200th Birthday Tea

Thursday, December 18, 2018

This December marks Mary Lincoln's 200th birthday. Celebrate with the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum as we hold a special tea to mark the First Lady's life. Details coming soon.



Girl Scout Programming

The ALLM is a proud partner of the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians. Together, we help Girl Scouts achieve their citizenship badges. Below are this year's workshops for Daisies, Brownies, Cadettes, Juniors, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Should your troop wish to visit the Museum but are unable to visit on the workshop dates, please let us know and we can schedule a private session. For all workshops and private activities, the cost if $5.00 for children, and adults are free. 


Good Neighbor Badge Worskhop for Daisies

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10:00am-12:00pm

Learn about being a good neighbor with the 16th President of the United States and Harriet Tubman. Daisies will hear special stories, tour the museum, and make poster depicting their own communities from the past and present. Daisies will complete the Good Neighbor Citizen badge requirements (badge NOT included). Registration opens on August 1, 2018. Register by 12 pm (noon) on October 19, 2018.


Celebrating Community Badge Workshop for Brownies

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Come celebrate your community while learning about the American Civil War! Girls will learn about symbols used in the past and the present, go on a flag hunt through the museum, create a special banner to represent their troop, and then take part in a Girl Scout Parade! Brownies will complete the Celebrating Community Citizen badge requirements (badge NOT included).Registration opens on August 1, 2018. Register by 12 pm (noon) on October 19, 2018.


Finding Common Ground Badge Workshop for Cadettes

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 10:00am-12:00pm

Join other Cadettes as you learn about finding common ground with one another in uncommon times. Girls will have the opportunity to learn about the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates in our galleries while also learning how famous women from the time period used their voices to make positive changes in their communities. Problem solving activities will be included. Cadettes will complete the Finding Common Ground badge requirements (badge NOT included). Registration opens on August 1, 2018. Register by 12 pm (noon) on November 2, 2018.


Citizen Badge Workshop for Seniors and Ambassadors

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Seniors and Ambassadors will learn the power of the ballot and public policy in this special workshop. Starting with a tour of the Museum, they will learn the history of active citizenship in the United States. Then, they will learn how to exercise their own voting power while learning about how they can affect public policy. Seniors will complete the Behind the Ballot badge requirements and Ambassadors will complete the Public Policy badge requirements (badges NOT included). Registration opens on August 1, 2018. Register by 12 pm (noon) on November 2, 2018.


Inside Government Badge Workshop for Juniors

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Come learn about Civil War heroines! Juniors will learn about Mary Lincoln, Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, and Harriet Beecher Stowe through stories and a museum tour. Then, they will learn how to be heroines in their own communities. Juniors will complete the Inside Government badge requirements (badge NOT included). Registration opens on August 1, 2018. Register by 12 pm (noon) on December 14, 2018.

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