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Fans Around the World Visit Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Through Skype

Harrogate, Tennessee, May 29, 2018 — The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) was recognized by the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) at the Awards of Excellence on May 1, 2018, at the Foundry on the World’s Fair Site. 

ETHS members from across the region met for a special lecture by Dr. Michael Birdwell and the presentation of awards. The ALLM received two awards of distinction for its special programming, "Of the People, By the People, and For the People," and for its programming through Skype in the Classroom. Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet accepted the awards for the Museum. 

“Of the People, By the People, For the People” was a discussion series on modern citizenship explored through the words of Abraham Lincoln. Open to county residents and students, the series sought to forge common connections and continues to be used in classrooms and by citizens and community groups. 

Skype in the Classroom provides tours that allow ALLM to reach beyond its rural setting to share the history of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War East Tennessee with classrooms around the globe. 

ALLM has racked up 130,000 virtual miles since fall 2017, and ALLM has been appearing in classrooms in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Australia, Africa, and three times in Serbia. In the United States, the lSkype sessions by Sweet appeared in classrooms in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Alaska and Washington, D.C. The interface is a live online network provided by Microsoft’s Skype in the Classroom website for teachers. 

Sweet has spoken to thousands of students, sometimes walking through the Museum with the camera and sometimes from a desk showing individual exhibits. A teacher may request a Mystery Skype that has Sweet answering questions until students guess her location. The teachers can select from the website’s database to schedule a session. 

“Students are always interested in the assassination, and they want to know how Lincoln was able to go from living in a log cabin to being president,” Sweet said.  

For more information about ALLM, contact Sweet at 423-869-6607 or natalie.sweet@lmunet.edu. 

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at admissions@lmunet.edu.

Cutline: ALLM Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet (right) accepts two awards at the East Tennessee Historical Society Awards of Excellence program. 

 

 

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