Lincoln Memorial University

Public Programming

For more information
Call 423.869.6607

The Museum offers a variety of programs for the general public, school groups, and area teachers.  Whether you are 0 or 99, the Museum has a program for you. Many programs commemorate significant events in Lincoln's life.  The tragic Civil War years also receive their fair share of Museum projects.  For additional information about annual or upcoming programs and events, contact us by calling Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet at 423-869-6607


Yearly Programming


Tad's Tots: A Free Monthly Program for Children 0-5 and their Caretakers

July 11, 2017, 10:00am 

This month's 30-minute program introduces children and their caregivers to the life of Abraham Lincoln. My Little Golden Book about Abraham Lincoln will be read, and a show-and-tell of a few items in the museum gallery follows story. At the end of the session, we will make a special Abraham Lincoln craft to take home.

Registration required, and a limited number of spots are available. Please call 423.869.6607 or register here.



Lincoln Letters and Lincoln's Army: A free quarterly newsletter for elementary and middle school kids

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a soldier during the Civil War? Now you can have your chance to find out! The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is proud to offer you the chance to join Lincoln’s Army at the official rank of Private. If you decide to join, you will receive a membership card which gives you free admission to the museum when accompanied by a paying adult. You can keep up with other Lincoln Army members through the official Lincoln Letters newsletter that comes out every summer, fall, winter, and spring. All you have to do is ask your parents if they will let you send your name and address to



Community Digital History Workshop August Session: Using Chronicling America

August 10, 2017, 3:00pm

The Community Digital History Workshop series is a monthly program that teaches participants how to make use of history databases that are available to access from both the home computer and at Lincoln Memorial University. Sessions take place on the second Thursday of every month. These workshops are particularly useful to those who are interested in either/or genealogy and historical research. In the August session, users will learn how to navigate the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website, a database of hundreds of digitized American newspapers ranging from the year 1789 to 1924.

$5.00 covers the cost of attendance and materials. Registration required, and a limited number of spots are available. Please call 423.869.6607 or email Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet at


Special Programming


Family and Educator Weekend

June 17, 2017: Teacher Activities, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Visit the museum June 17-18 to be the first to experience some of the new, regular programming that is part of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum experience!

For educators, we welcome you to the museum to sample the wide range of resources that we can offer to your class. Admission is free this weekend with your Teacher ID. Homeschool teachers, please email Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet ( in advance to schedule your entrance.

Saturday, June 17, Educator Activities in the Museum Auditorium
(FREE for educators who have their Teacher ID)

FREE Educator Packet
Includes information on museum programming for the upcomming 2017-2018 school year, along with free lesson plans and DVD.

Preview of "The Civil War At Cumberland Gap: High School and Middle School Editions"

Join us as we preview the DVD "The Civil War at the Cumberland Gap." Then, listen as we discuss museum lesson plans, specialized tours, the National History Day competition for middle and high school students, Lincoln Letters for the classroom, and History in a Box.

Showtimes at 1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 4:00pm on Saturday.


June 18, 2017: Family Activities, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

For the family, we're offering special afternoon tours, storytime, crafts, and games. Bring dad out to celebrate Father's Day!

Sunday, June 18, Family Activities

1:00pm Storytime: 
P is for President (free with paid admission)
Being president is a big job - the most important job in all of America! Follow as the president of the United States of America campaigns for the job, works to fix problems, and moves into the White House. Do you have what it takes to run the United States?

Presidential Craft (free with paid admission)

2:00pm - 5:00pm: 

Games (free with paid admission)
Learn the types of 19th century games that children during the Civil War would have played! 

Passports to the Past (free with paid admission)
How was the Civil War experienced by children and teenagers who lived through the war? Before you tour our galleries, borrow a passport at the front desk. As you learn about our nation's 16th President, you can also see the Civil War through the eyes of one of the many young people whose lives were affected by the event.

Lincoln Letters (free with paid admission)
Sign-up for the museum's free, quarterly newsletter for kids. This is a "muster weekend" event - that means if you attend and complete one of the weekend activities, you are automatically advanced in Lincoln's Army!

Student Curator (free with paid admission)
Compete in this summer's Student Curator competition! Pick up a museum coloring sheet and show us your best work. The three best entries from our student age groups will have their work displayed in this fall's Student Curator corner!


The East Tennessee History Fair

August 19, 2017, 10:00am-5:00pm 

Market Street and Krutch Park, Downtown Knoxville

Once again this year, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum will participate in the East Tennessee History Fair! Bring the family out to say hello and to participate in the many fun events that will be held that day. For more information on the fair, please visit the East Tennessee History Fair website.



Solar Eclipse 2017: Watch and Tour

August 21, 2017, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Not since June 8, 1918, has a path of totality for a solar eclipse cut across the United States from the Pacific to the Atlantic. On August 21, 2017, this event will occur again. If you are unable to make it to one of the spots where true totality will occur, we invite you to come to the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum to watch the partial eclipse in our backyard!

Visitors are welcome to gather in front of the museum throughout the day to watch the progression of the event. While you wait, your paid admission (at either the regular or group rate) to the museum will also provide you with the opportunity to make a card projector to safely watch the eclipse. Then, take a special, focused tour through our galleries to learn about how Abraham Lincoln was a man of science and invention. His forward-thinking led him to sign the Morrill Act of 1862, charter the National Academy of Sciences in 1863, encourage the creation of the Union Army Balloon Corps, and be the only President to also hold a patent in the U.S. Patent Office.

Activities are free with regular paid admission to the museum. For more information, please call 423.869.6607 or email Program Coordinator Natalie Sweet at





For Information: 423-869-6607


423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752