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LMU to commemorate Lincoln’s birthday

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HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University will join the nation in celebrating the 205th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln next week with events in Washington, D.C. and on its main campus in Harrogate, Tenn.


Founded as a living memorial of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12, 1897, the university is sending a delegation of students and administrators to participate in a host of activities celebrating the university’s namesake while also sponsoring activities for its student body and the community at large in Tennessee.


The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, located on the LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, will offer free admission on Wednesday.


LMU’s activities in the nation’s capital will get underway on Monday as the University hosts a reception for alumni and friends to celebrate the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum’s exhibit “Abraham Lincoln and the Technology of War” which is currently on display at the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership (514 Tenth Street NW) in Washington, D.C.


Designed by Steven Wilson, ALLM curator and assistant director, with the assistance of LMU’s Lincoln Historian Charles Hubbard, Archivist Michelle Ganz and Research Fellows Michael Lynch and Natalie Sweet, the exhibit investigates the significance of inventions and new machines in the Civil War. It will remain on display through July 6, 2014.


LMU History Club members, including Jared Allen, Carter Pack, Brooklyn Harrington, Jessica Baker and Chelsea Ferron, will be treated to a Capitol tour with U.S. Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr., on Tuesday.


The students will return to Harrogate following the tour so they can participate in on campus activities on Wednesday including the annual Founder’s Day Games and a faculty and staff versus students basketball and volleyball match.


The rest of the LMU delegation will attend in the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) Lincoln Birthday Dinner on Tuesday.


The black tie affair will be held in a new location in Crystal City.


LMU Vice President for University Advancement Cynthia Whitt-Wall will be joined by Alice Vanover Yeary, Tim Smith and Daniel Carmack to provide patriotic music at the event. The singers are all members of Hawk Creek Baptist Church in London.


LMU is one of only a handful of institutions and organizations, and the only university, selected to participate in the National Wreath-Laying Ceremony on Feb. 12, at the Lincoln Memorial.


LMU President B. James Dawson will recite Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address during the ceremony and Whitt-Wall, Yeary, Carmack and Smith will sing an a capella version of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.


Duncan will place the LMU wreath. Director of Major Gifts Lynn Duncan and LMU’s First Lady Karen Dawson will present the University banner.


The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of LMU in Harrogate. Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world, the Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.


For more information about this and other programs at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, call 423-869-6235.


Ford’s Theatre Society celebrates the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln and explores the American experience through theatre and education.


A working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in Washington, D.C., to explore and celebrate Lincoln’s ideals and leadership principles: courage, integrity, tolerance, equality and creative expression.


For more information, visit www.fords.org.

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