In honor of the birth of the United States of America, Lincoln Memorial University and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is offering free admission to the Museum through the weekend.
With one of the most extensive collections of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War artifacts in private hands, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum on the LMU Main Campus in Harrogate, Tenn., is a must-see for history enthusiasts. It also offers a wonderful experience for families looking for a special outing. Exhibited are many rare items – the cane Lincoln carried that fateful night at Ford’s Theatre, two life masks, the tea set he and Mary Todd used in their home in Springfield, and numerous other artifacts. Approximately 30,000 books, manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs, paintings and sculptures tell the story of President Lincoln and the Civil War period in America’s history. There are also children activities and interactive exhibits. Kids can don Civil War era clothes and partake in games and past times from the era.
While enjoying free admission to the ALLM, be sure to travel on down the road and visit the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park located just five minutes away in Middlesboro, Ky. Another great stop is the town of Cumberland Gap, which is home to quaint shops and LMU’s art studio which features a special Arts in the Gap exhibit this summer.