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:
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.