LINCOLN SYMPOSIUM AT LMU BRINGS NATIONAL SCHOLARS
April 14, 2010 - Harrogate, Tennessee, April 14, 2010 — Every four years, Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) invite Lincoln scholars from across the country to gather to reflect on the life of the sixteenth president. The fourth Lincoln Symposium will be held April 15-17 at the ALLM and is open to the public.
The 2010 Lincoln Symposium will cover Lincoln’s war-torn presidency with a program entitled “And the War Came: Lincoln’s America.” Dr. Victoria Ott, professor of history at Birmingham-Southern College, will serve as the keynote speaker. Ott is the author of "Confederate Daughters: Coming of Age during the Civil War" and her talk will parallel her book. Her areas of academic interest include women’s history, the American south, Civil War and reconstruction and 19th century American history.
The Lincoln Symposium originated in 1997 to celebrate the Centennial of Lincoln Memorial University. Endorsed by the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the fourth installment of the event is designed to bring together scholars, students, Civil War enthusiasts and Lincoln fans of all ages. The Lincoln Symposium will feature many of America’s best-known and respected scholars, including Dr. Stephen Berry, Jason Emerson, Dr. William Harris, the Honorable Tommy Turner and the Honorable Frank Williams.
The Kentucky Historical Society’s HistoryMobile with the traveling exhibit “Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln” will also be at the ALLM during the Lincoln Symposium. The Kentucky Historical Society's HistoryMobile is a mobile museum featuring exhibits on Kentucky history. The 300 square-foot exhibit is housed in a 45 foot tractor-trailer. Since 1973, this program has presented a wide variety of exhibits on Kentucky history to at least one million Kentuckians, half of which have been students.
The current HistoryMobile exhibit explores Lincoln's frontier childhood, his career from log house to the White House and his struggles to end slavery and lead the nation through the Civil War. The exhibit contains artifacts and images as well as audio, video and interactive elements to appeal to a variety of learners.
For more information or to make an appointment to tour the HistoryMobile, contact Carol Campbell at (423) 869-6439. To register for the Lincoln Symposium visit www.lmunet.edu/museum.
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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