Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) launches special programming and events to celebrate the 125and anniversary of its charter and foundation. The event will also honor Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. The celebration will begin February 11 and 12 at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) on the LMU campus.
The University was founded on February 12, 1897. In honor of its near centenary, officials have planned a plethora of events throughout the year.
The public is invited to attend a wreath-laying ceremony on February 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the statue of Lincoln located inside the Museum.
At 5 p.m., Dr. Clayton Hess, President of LMU, will make an official announcement of the 125and festive year. Famed Lincoln actor Dennis Boggs will then read the Gettysburg Address. Dr. April Church, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, will sing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and the ceremony will conclude with the introduction of the James Simmons Annual Scholarship for an Outstanding History Major.
Boggs will star as Abraham Lincoln at 6 p.m., in “An Evening with Mr. Lincoln.” Audience members will be able to take photos with Boggs after the performance. Refreshments will be available at that time.
The Museum will open at 10 a.m. on February 12 with activities scheduled throughout the day. Admission will be free. Museum staff will offer the annual Inside the Vault behind-the-scenes tour, but will bring the items to the girl’s bedroom in the ALLM for more space. The archivist will allow participants to see the special items up close and provide detailed information. Tickets are free but must be reserved at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/253247007617.
Guided tours will be available throughout the day, no ticket required. Documentaries and Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln” will be screened in the ALLM auditorium. Special activities for families will take place in all galleries, with a soft opening of the upstairs area of the museum. An official dedication of this area will take place during LMU’s Homecoming festivities in October. Students from LMU’s honors program will be on hand Feb. 12 to interview alumni about their college experiences.
“It’s exciting to once again welcome the public through our doors on Lincoln’s birthday. Our surrounding community has so many LMU connections, and the ability to provide programming that appeals to the whole family is something which we look forward to every year,” said Natalie Sweet, Academic Program Coordinator. “This year is made even more special by the 125and anniversary of the University, and we look forward to welcoming alumni back to contribute their stories to our oral history project and to see each other in our new LMU exhibit.
Events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited for “An Evening with Mr. Lincoln”, so tickets are required and available at www.eventbrite.com/e/256059339377.
For more information on events and the opportunity to participate in the Inside the Vault tour, visit Museum.LMUnet.edu. Tickets are also available through Eventbrite via the ALLM Facebook page.
LMU will celebrate “Four Seasons to New Seasons” in 2022. The theme highlights the University’s humble beginnings on the grounds of the former Four Seasons Hotel.
In 1896, Reverend AA Myers, who ran Harrow Academy, invited Civil War General Oliver Otis Howard to speak at the school’s graduation ceremony. During the visit, Myers shared his vision for a higher education institution at the site of the Four Seasons. Howard recalled a conversation he had with President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, where Lincoln expressed a wish to thank the people of Appalachia for their loyalty. Howard agreed to help Myers by building a school that would serve as a living memorial to Lincoln while providing educational opportunities to underserved populations. LMU was founded on the anniversary of Lincoln’s birth in 1897, nestled in the Cumberland Gap on the site of the Four Seasons Hotel.
A full calendar of events is available online. For more information about events at ALLM, contact Sweet at [email protected]
The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum’s recent multimillion-dollar renovation continues its excellence as an award-winning museum, which includes the Tennessee Association of Museums Past President’s Award in 2019 and multiple Excellence Awards from 2019-2021 The museum is available for tours to the public, schools, and special interest groups. Those interested can book a visit by calling 423-869-6235.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. Jhe main campus is in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information on the undergraduate and diploma programs available at LMU, contact the Office admissions at 423-869-6280 or E-mail: [email protected]