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Teacher seminar at Lincoln Presidential Library will explore how his words transformed a nation

This summer, educators will spend June 24-30 exploring Lincoln’s life and writings in the Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar “Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation.” Led by renowned Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame, the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois, participants will consider the origins of Lincoln’s political thought, the forces that shaped his personality and character, and his relevance for the twenty-first century.

The seminar was organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with, and will be held at, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, where original artifacts and modern interactive exhibits trace Lincoln’s life from backwoods Kentucky to the White House.

Its location in Springfield, Ill., the town in which Lincoln lived and practiced law for twenty years, will allow participants to visit many of the places that helped mold Lincoln from a young lawyer to a leading statesman, including the New Salem historic village, the Old Illinois State Capitol, the first and only home Lincoln ever owned, and his final resting place.

“Abraham Lincoln understood the power of education to transform people’s lives. We are proud to work with the Gilder Lehrman Institute to help teachers learn his amazing story and share it with others,” said Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

This seminar is one of 30 being held this summer by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, offering more than 1,000 K-12 teachers, library educators, and National Park Service interpreters the chance to study American history with leading historians at top institutions throughout the United States and United Kingdom.

The seminar is made possible in part thanks to generous support from AT&T.

Seminar participants work with primary source documents provided by their professor and the Gilder Lehrman Collection, enrich their knowledge with tours of local historic sites, and receive reading materials, room and board, and a travel stipend. Since the program’s inception, more than 10,000 educators have participated in Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars.

More information about this seminar and a complete list of 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars is available The application deadline is Feb. 15

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Founded in 1994 by philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading American history nonprofit organization dedicated to K-12 education while also serving the general public. With a focus on primary sources, the Gilder Lehrman Institute illuminates the stories, people and moments that inspire students of all ages and backgrounds to learn and understand more about history. Through a diverse portfolio of education programs, including the acclaimed Hamilton Education Program, the Gilder Lehrman Institute provides opportunities for nearly two million students, 30,000 teachers and 16,000 schools worldwide. Learn more at

About the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to telling the story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology. It also serves as the Illinois historical library. The library maintains an unparalleled collection of Lincoln documents, photographs, artifacts and art and also has some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history.

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