Lincoln Cottage to be Rebuilt

July 6, 2020

The original cottage where Abraham Lincoln and his family lived before it was expanded into what we now call the Lincoln Home will be reconstructed and opened to visitors under an initiative by The Abraham Lincoln Association. The ALA launched a $400,000 fund drive to acquire land in the 600 block of Eighth Street between Edwards and Cook and to design, construct, landscape and furnish an accurate replica there of the original one-and-a-half-story, six-room Lincoln family dwelling. Click here (pdf) for the proposal and more details.

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Lincoln Log Podcast Launches

July 6, 2020

The Abraham Lincoln Association launched its first original podcast, Lincoln Log. The podcast series is hosted by various ALA directors interviewing leading historians and other officials about their stories, research, and wisdom. All podcasts are available for free on the ALA’s website here, through various podcast platforms (including iTunes and Spotify), and also on the ALA’s YouTube channel here.

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2020 ALA Symposium and Banquet

February 17, 2020

We are pleased to provide details of the Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium and the Abraham Lincoln 211th Birthday Banquet.

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Lincoln Musical Marks World Premiere

July 10, 2019

The play Here I Grew Up marks its world premiere this month at the Lincoln Amphitheatre celebrating Abraham Lincoln and his formative boyhood years in southern Indiana.

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Russell Lewis Jr.

April 23, 2019

“The history community has lost a true champion and the ALA has lost a good friend and member of our Board of Directors with the death of Russell Lewis, Jr. We send our condolences to his family.” ~ Bob Willard

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Welcome to The Abraham Lincoln Association

January 10, 2019

Welcome to The Abraham Lincoln Association The Abraham Lincoln Association was organized in 1908 to spearhead the national celebration of Lincoln’s one hundredth birthday. Today the Association continues this tradition by bringing in distinguished speakers to commemorate Lincoln’s birthday, and presents an afternoon Symposium featuring leading Lincoln scholars.

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Mr. Lincoln and Mrs. Partington

October 17, 2018

by Dr. James M. Cornelius Was Abraham Lincoln a rube or a well-read man? His brief meeting with one of England’s wealthiest and oldest aristocrats casts an interesting light upon this debate. The young Marquis of Hartington, heir to the Duke of Devonshire and representing a cotton-manufacturing district, held a junior post in Lord Palmerston’s Cabinet in 1861-1862. Like so many well-off Britons of his day, he felt it time to learn about the sister-nation and arranged a visit to the White House. When the privately educated, sensitive, and aloof lord was introduced to the president, the poor boy from Kentucky blurted out, “Hartington? That rhymes with Partington!” Read The Full Newsletter Below

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Teaching Abraham Lincoln in the Classroom

October 17, 2018

The Abraham Lincoln Association has financially supported the development of educational materials for the use of teachers in the classroom.  Those materials are now online and may be accessed below: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War: A Document-Based Unit for the High School Classroom Curriculum developed by Richard Schwartz, Coordinator, Social StudiesWhippany Park High School, Whippany, New Jersey Lincoln and Emancipation Lincoln and His Generals Lincoln and the War’s Larger Meaning

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Lincoln’s Second Inauguration

October 15, 2018

by Thomas F. Schwartz In the autumn 1999 issue of this newsletter I published an excerpt from the diary of Solomon Wieder Hagerty (February 28, 1842–January 29, 1867) who served in the United States Marine Corps, from 1864 through 1866. The following entry vividly describes the events of March 4, 1865, for Abraham Lincoln’s second inauguration. Characteristic of the era’s racism, Hagerty refers to blacks as “niggers.” Spelling, punctuation, and grammar reflect that found in the diary. Read The Full Newsletter Below (Please allow a few minutes to load the file)  

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Abraham Lincoln’s First Visit to Hampton Roads

October 11, 2018

By Anna Gibson Holloway and Jonathan W. White In April 2016, several members of the board of directors of the Abraham Lincoln Association joined the mayor of Springfield, Illinois, for a visit to U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, which was undergoing repairs in Newport News, Virginia. The presence of a vessel named after the nation’s 16th president in Hampton Roads is fitting. Lincoln’s most famous visit to the area occurred on February 3, 1865, when he and Secretary of State William H. Seward met with several Confederate leaders for the Hampton Roads Peace Conference. But, in fact, the president had visited the region twice before, in the spring and summer of 1862. Read The Full Newsletter Below (Please allow a few minutes to load the file)

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