If you're interested in presidential politics, the Civil War, or the changing face of America in the 19th century, you'll be screaming with enthusiasm next year as it's the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth (February 12th, to be exact). The Smithsonian is putting on an impressive show for this important and introspective moment in American history. At least 12 of the Smithsonian's museums/departments are promoting Lincoln-related events and exhibitions. The National Museum of American History, the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian magazine, the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, even the National Zoo will offer special programming.
That's great, of course, if you're coming to Washington next year, but what about the rest of us? Will middle America, the true land of Lincoln, be deprived of this delectable intellectual candy? Not if SITES can help it. We're teaming with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, Illinois, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery to spread the historical word.
Lincoln's Presidential Library has created a traveling exhibition (literally) inside a 53-foot-long, double-expansion trailer that narrates the 16th president's life story through a mixture of interactives, facsimile documents, graphics, and real artifacts. To supplement the truck tour and to help teachers back in their classrooms, SITES is producing a commemorative portfolio of text and images based on the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition One Life: The Mask of Lincoln.
Oh, and if you happen to be in Denver for the Democratic National Convention or in Minneapolis | Saint Paul for the Republican National Convention, you can pick up a handsome Lincoln bookmark to remind you of the Smithsonian's upcoming Lincoln events.
And don't forget to check out presidentlincoln.org