November 19, 2009 - Harrogate, Tennessee — The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) and Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) unveiled a new exhibition “His Ambition Knew No Rest: A Self-taught Child of the Frontier” in the public galleries of the Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) this week. The exhibit will be on display at KMA through January 4, 2010.

The exhibition, which was designed by the staff of the ALLM, reflects upon Abraham Lincoln as an example of personal ambition. Largely self-taught, Lincoln had very little formal schooling and gained much of his education as a voracious reader. The exhibit includes items from the ALLM collection, one of the largest and most diverse Lincoln collections in private hands.

Highlighted in the exhibition are Lincoln’s log cabin roots as a native of Kentucky and his lifetime love of learning. Visitors of KMA will see art by noted Lincoln painters Louis Banjaho and Lloyd Ostendorf as well as a copy of the only known photo of Lincoln’s father, Thomas. There are also sculpture and statue representations of Lincoln’s youth on display.

The University hosted two special groups at the museum in celebration of the exhibit opening. Interim President C. Warren Neel invited the Smokey Mountain Home Education Association to view the exhibit and hosted a reception in the groups’ honor. Additionally, students, friends and faculty of the LMU-Duncan School of Law were also invited for a private viewing of the exhibit with a reception to follow.

“This distinguished collection is aimed at two groups that mean a lot to LMU. The first audience is the home schooling community. They are experiencing learning in the same way Abraham Lincoln did. The second audience is a group of lawyers representing the first class of students from LMU-Duncan School of Law,” Neel said. “Our hope is that the exhibit will touch audiences beyond the groups that inspired it and expand the footprint of academic program offerings that LMU has begun in recent years. The University’s footprint covers a geography far beyond the beautiful mountain side of campus, but yet this exhibit will continue to offer a glimpse into the history and heritage of the University.”

The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world, the Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about this and other programs at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, call 423-869-6235.

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