Then come to the third War in the Mountains Symposium this April at LMU’s Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum.
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…to see the turret from the Monitor live and in person. Conservators at the Mariners’ Museum have taken it out of its freshwater tank for cleaning. Once they’re done, the turret goes back in for another soak, and it’ll be fifteen years before they take it out again. Those of us who can’t make it to Newport News by the end of the month can still watch on live webcam.
I’ve wanted to get down there for a long time. I may have told you guys this before, but LMU’s museum has a number of very rare Monitor items in its collection. Some of them belonged to John Worden, who commanded the ship during the battle with the Virginia, including a collection of his papers, mementos given to him by the crew, the speaking trumpet he used in the engagement, and one of the ship’s signal lanterns. One of my biggest thrills as an intern was getting to handle these items in the process of dismantling a display. You can see some of this material in the museum’s current temporary exhibit, “Lincoln and the Technology of War.”
If you’re interested in the Civil War in Appalachia, then allow me to recommend “War in the Mountains,” a symposium scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Harrogate, TN. Here are the presenters:
- LMU’s own Dr. Earl Hess, author of Into the Crater: The Mine Attack at Petersburg, Pickett’s Charge: The Last Attack at Gettysburg, The Union Soldier in Battle, The Rifle Musket in Civil War Combat: Reality and Myth, and numerous other books
- Dr. Thomas Mackey of the University of Louisville, contributor to Sister States, Enemy States: The Civil War in Kentucky and Tennessee
- Dr. Brian D. McKnight of UVa-Wise, author of Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia and Confederate Outlaw: Champ Ferguson and the Civil War in Appalachia
For more info, call (423) 869-6439 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
…recently published an article on Lincoln and his connections to East Tennessee, illustrated with some items from the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Harrogate. Check it out.
As I’ve mentioned before, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN has one of the finest Lincolniana/Civil War collections anywhere. For decades, this material has been a fabulous resource for both the public and for scholars.
Much of the credit for building this collection belongs to the late Lincoln scholar R. Gerald McMurtry. After spending a few years with the Lincoln National Life Foundation’s collection (formerly on display at the now-closed Lincoln Museum in Ft. Wayne, IN) and the Lincoln Memorial Highway Commission, McMurtry came to LMU in 1937. He stayed for nearly two decades—returning to the Lincoln National Life Foundation in 1956—and in that time he oversaw the university’s “golden age” of Lincolnian acquisition and scholarship, collecting many of the university’s most spectacular pieces and writing or editing an impressive list of scholarly publications.
Until several years ago, LMU’s museum hosted an annual lecture named for Lincoln artist and collector Lloyd Ostendorf. It was always a great opportunity for students, alumni, and visitors to hear Lincoln and Civil War scholars present their research, and it was sad to see it go.
I’m pleased to report that LMU is once again mounting a Lincoln lecture series, this time under the aegis of the college’s new Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy. Appropriately, it’s named in honor of R. Gerald McMurtry.
Dan Stowell will present the very first R. Gerald McMurtry Memorial Lecture on Feb. 12 at LMU’s Duncan School of Law in Knoxville. Dr. Stowell is editor of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln and author of a number of books on Lincoln and nineteenth-century history. You can get more information about the lectures series and the institute here.
As somebody who got his start in public history at LMU, I’m extremely happy to see the university hosting regular Lincoln lectures again, and equally happy that the school is honoring McMurtry. I encourage anyone in East Tennessee with an interest in history to attend and help get this series off to a great start.
If not, then let me suggest the 2010 Lincoln Symposium at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Harrogate, TN. Here’s a list of the scheduled presenters:
- Frank Williams, author of Judging Lincoln and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island
- Thomas Turner, author of Beware the People Weeping
- Jason Emerson, author of The Madness of Mary Lincoln
- William Harris, author of Lincoln’s Last Months, Lincoln’s Rise to the Presidency, and With Charity for All.
- Kim Bauer, Director of the Lincoln Heritage Project in Decatur, IL and former Curator at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield
- Victoria Ott, author of Confederate Daughters
I heartily recommend this event to any Lincoln or Civil War aficionados in the southeast. The ALLM hosts symposia every few years, and they’re always well worth attending. Last time, I was one of the folks scrambling around behind the scenes, and I still had fun. This year I’ll just sit back and enjoy the presentations.
If you want to do something to celebrate the Lincoln bicentennial on Feb. 12 but you can’t make it to Hodgenville, Washington, or Springfield, don’t despair. If you’ll be within driving distance of the Cumberland Gap area, why not attend the special program at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum? ”Let Us Praise Famous Men” is a presentation on Lincoln in films by Dr. Liz Murphy Thomas of the University of Illinois-Springfield. There will be two showings, one at 10:00 A.M. and one at 4:30 P.M.
While you’re there, you can scope out the museum’s fantastic Lincoln-Civil War collection and see the special exhibit on Lincoln in memory.
The folks at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Harrogate, TN have unveiled their latest exhibit, an exploration of the ways advertisers, filmmakers, politicians, and practically everyone have invoked Lincoln in the decades since his death. “Lincoln in Memory: The 16th President in Personal and Cultural Recollections” relies heavily on original material from the museum’s vast holdings to illustrate Lincoln’s role as a cultural icon.
I got the chance to see this exhibit when it was under construction, and it was a rather surprising experience. I worked at the ALLM as a student intern and later as a staff member, so I’m pretty familiar with the collection, but this exhibit includes quite a few items that were new to me. It’s an impressive assemblage of Lincolniana: movie posters, original pop art, ads, calendars, propaganda, etc.
A brief description of the exhibit is available here at the museum’s website. I strongly recommend a visit. The ALLM has one of the finest Lincoln/Civil War collections anywhere, and it’s just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.