Last month we were in Washington, D.C. and we visited the Ford’s Theatre Museum and Center for Education and Leadership. One of the most fantastic sites was the 34-foot tower of books about Abraham Lincoln. Fifteen thousand books about our most honored and revered president in history proves that it is unlikely that the fascination and desire to learn about Lincoln will never end. My son and I are intrigued to learn every detail about Abraham Lincoln’s life just like all the authors of those books and the millions that have read them.
Of course, I have read some great books on Abraham Lincoln (Lincoln on Leadership, Killing Lincoln, and Presidential Courage which highlights Lincoln’s presidency in three chapters) and my son has read Chasing Lincoln’s Killer in school. Learning about Lincoln from the written page combined with our love of historical travel has put us on a “Lincoln Expedition” over the last couple of years. Below is a picture gallery of the places we visited to learn about one of our country’s greatest presidents who had the character and courage to preserve our nation and abolished slavery. I wish I could tell you that I had a favorite place, but seeing his humble home in Springfield, Illinois, going to Gettysburg, following his second inaugural ball dance steps in what is now the National Portrait Gallery, or seeing where he lost his life at the Ford’s Theatre makes it too difficult. Each place had their historical significance, and I felt a connective pull to history at each visit. One place I will never get tired of seeing is the Lincoln Memorial, and I can’t help but stand in awe each time I visit. I love it so much I want to go to Chesterwood in Stockbridge, Massachusetts to learn about Daniel Chester, the sculptor of the memorial. In addition to visiting Chester’s home, believe it or not, there are numerous other places we want to visit to increase our knowledge about Lincoln and making our way to Kentucky is on our list of places to see.
Until our next trip, we have countless memories of a president that I sometimes feel like I met. We are also counting down the days to two new movies. On November 16th Daniel Day-Lewis will star in the new movie Lincoln. Killing Lincoln based on O’Reilly’s book is set to air on Nat Geo Channel in early 2013 with Tom Hanks.
Lincoln’s legacy will forever live.