The Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln
Learn about Lincoln’s legacy as you explore his home and significant sites in his life and political career. Meet engaging interpreters along the way who bring history to life.
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Program No. 8370RJ
6 days
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Travel to Abraham Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield to learn how his life and work on the country’s frontier became part of his legacy. Visit the world-class Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and sites of pivotal events in Lincoln’s life as you study how his early life influenced the issues he addressed as President. Meet historical interpreters like Mary Todd Lincoln and Harriett Tubman who bring history to life with their engaging stories about life in the mid-19th century.
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On Your Feet
Walking up to 3/4 mile in New Salem and 3-4 blocks in downtown Springfield, standing 20-40 minutes and climbing stairs.

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  • Embark on field trips to Lincoln’s homes in New Salem and Springfield, where historical interpreters take you back in time to the 1830s through 1860.
  • Explore the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and learn about both Lincoln and the development of this world-class library and museum.
  • Visit important sites pivotal to Lincoln’s political career, like the Old State Capitol where he delivered his “House Divided” speech and the tomb where he is laid to rest.
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Betty Kay
Betty Kay is enjoying an encore career as a writer and re-enactor after completing a 34-year teaching career, mostly in Springfield, Illinois. A love of Abraham Lincoln spurred her interest in writing, and a desire to market her books spurred her interest in first-person presentations that bring history to life. For our “Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln,” program Betty portrays Elizabeth Todd Edwards, Eldest Sister of Mary Lincoln. Betty has a variety of programs she presents, including “Three Illinois Women in the Civil War.”
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James M. Cornelius
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Betty Kay
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