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  • Lincoln Portrait Goes to Lincolnís Church (5/12/10) Thomas Trimborn, professor of music at Truman State University, has one of his original portraits of Abraham Lincoln hanging permanently in the church Lincoln attended while living in Springfield, Illinois. The First Presbyterian Church of Springfield will permanently exhibit Trimbornís artwork as part of its display of the pew the Lincolns occupied while attending services there in the 1850s and up to the time of Mr. Lincoln being elected to office. The work was installed and dedicated on April 18, 2010, during the morning worship service following remarks by the artist. This year marks the 145th anniversary of the Presidentís assassination and his final return to the city where he is buried in an impressive tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The work being installed appears in Trimbornís book Encounters With Lincoln: Images and Words published by the Truman Press. It is entitled Lonely Leader and depicts the President standing with head bowed at one of the White House windows. The church with its Tiffany windows is open to the public as one of the important Lincoln sites located in the same neighborhood where his home still stands and draws visitors from all over the world. Trimborn is honored to have his work located there.

  • Lincoln Art Images (9/29/08) Tom Trimborn, a talented artist and music educator who is well known in Lincoln circles, has opened a website offering original framed Lincoln portraits in a variety of styles. Most of his collection comes from his book Encounters With Lincoln: Images and Words.

  • Political Cartoons from Punch Magazine (1/23/08) Allan T. Kohl, on the faculty of Minneapolis College of Art and Design, has created a website called John Tenniel and the American Civil War: Political Cartoons from Punch 1860-65. The site is hosted by the University of Minnesota's Art History Department. Tenniel, you will recall, also produced illustrations for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. His cartoons for Punch sometimes featured Abraham Lincoln. Kohl offers high-resolution scans of all 54 cartoons which are not subject to copyright restrictions -- ideal for classroom use.

  • Another Lincoln Website (2/16/07) Samuel P. Wheeler reports that he launched lincolnstudies.com on February 12, 2007. He says that it "features daily news, book reviews, research tools, and a discussion board for all those interested in Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War. I'm looking for contributors, so give it a look and see if you're interested."

  • Wilson Book Discussion and Signing in Peoria (1/17/07) Sandi Gebhardt says, "There is an excellent new book out on Lincoln's writing style. It reveals his thought process, his composition, his editing and rewriting of many of his most famous papers. It's written by Douglas Wilson, codirector of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College. His previous book was awarded the Lincoln Prize in 1999. He will be presenting a discussion and book signing at Barnes & Noble in Peoria on Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 P.M."

  • Lincoln Exhibit Coming to Pennsylvania (1/11/07) Historian Ed Streers Jr. offers this news: "The Lehigh County Historical Society will open what its sponsors claim will be the largest Lincoln exhibit in the East on February 19 at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Center in Allentown, PA. Drawing from several private and public collections, the exhibit will include a variety of artifacts and memorabilia directly associated with Lincoln. The Exhibit will run through October and the Society will host several programs throughout the year featuring noted scholars who will speak on various aspects of Lincoln's life and his assassination."

  • Lincoln-Related Website Opens (2/6/06) Karen Needles launched a subscription-based website on February 12, 2006, covering the life and times of Lincoln with emphasis on materials from the Library of Congress and the National Archives.

  • Bob Willard's Blog Updates on Lincoln Trip

  • Lincoln Buff Plans 500-Mile Trek on Foot (9/9/05) Reader Bob Willard plans to travel by foot from Lincoln's birthplace in Kentucky to his tomb in Illinois, all while raising money for the Abraham Lincoln Institute. Click here for his blog updates on the trip.

  • Mark Twain's Tribute to Lincoln (7/29/05 Bob Willard shares this touching piece printed in the New York Times on February 12, 1901.

  • Book on Petersen House Released (6/13/05) Robert Bain explains that he recently published a book called Lincoln's Last Battleground: A Tragic Night Recalled. It's the story of his ancestors, William and Anna Peterson, owners of the house in which President Lincoln died on April 15, 1865, in Washington, D.C.

  • Lincoln Home Model Kit (8/23/04) Have time on your hands? Bob Willard says you could assemble a scale model of the Lincoln family home in Springfield, Illinois, from this kit by Branchline Trains.

  • The Earliest Lincoln? (7/20/04) Reader Betsy Mathison is one of growing number of people who believe they own the first likeness of Lincoln. In this case it's a miniature painting.

  • The Bixby Letter and Other Forgeries (2/17/04) Here's some information about various Lincoln forgeries from the Crime Laboratory, as located by Bob Willard.

  • Music Education: Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" (3/3/03) Bob Willard found this curriculum aid at the National Association for Music Education website.

  • Lincoln Memorial Cleaner (1/27/03) Bob Willard found a touching story about a man who cleaned the Lincoln Memorial on a 1992 National Public Radio program. (You may want to download a different audioplayer to hear it.)

  • Abraham Lincoln's Childhood: An American Dream Realized (11/1/02) Bob Willard discovered this website with commentary about the Lincoln birthplace in Kentucky and boyhood home in Indiana.

  • Abraham Lincoln Education Hotlist (4/24/02) Howard Taylor says, "Please check out our websites concerning Abraham Lincoln and our ongoing TLCF project. Our Herrick school children are building a split rail fence in later May with Abraham Lincoln (B.F. McClerren, Charleston presenter). He is going to split the rails; kids will get to put the fence together. I am going to document the event with video clips and images and post the results on our Lincoln site. I have a web activities page and a hotlist I am working on personally. My Jr. High kids are making and posting webpages as well. Check them out at our school website. Really enjoying learning about Lincoln. The Lincoln Trunks are really nice and are available from your nearest National Lincoln Memorial site."

  • Online Reference Guide to the Lincoln Cent (3/26/02) Bob Willard found this new Web site by Charles D. Daughtrey which gives detailed information about the familiar coin Lincoln graces with his profile.

  • University of Southern California Film on Lincoln (2/24/02) Doris Hood of California says, "The Film Department of USC has an archived 8 mm film, The Face of Lincoln, made about 35 years ago. In it, a sculptor narrates the life of Lincoln as he creates a bust of Lincoln first, as a young man then, slowly changing the features as events take their toll. I used it in the LA public school system many years ago and recently found a copy in the Glendale, CA public library. It would be an excellent addition to any Lincoln library."

  • Jersey City Lincoln Birthday Observance (2/23/02) John J. Hallanan, second vice president of the Lincoln Association of Jersey City, New Jersey, says, "Our association held its 137th consecutive dinner on 12 February. I believe ours is the first and oldest association in the country pledged to remember Abraham Lincoln on his birthday. This year Charles Osgood, CBS anchor person, was the featured speaker."

    "There is also a sculpture of a seated Lincoln in Lincoln Park in Jersey City. The sculptor was James Earle Frazier of the buffalo nickel fame. There is a duplicate of it in the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. It was commissioned and dedicated in 1930 through the efforts of the members of the Lincoln Association of the time. The Lincoln Highway, the first road across America started in Jersey City and ran right past the park. The starting point was moved to Times Square for recognition and publicity purposes. Even today with a numbered highway system, it is common here to read or hear the words 'the Lincoln Highway bridge'."

  • The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation (8/14/01) Bob Willard found this humorous website by Peter Norvig showing how the Gettysburg Address might look on Powerpoint.

  • Lincoln the Writer (6/30/01) Bob Willard found this link which offers a C-SPAN video aired on June 18. It's a 2 1/2 hour show, best viewed using a cable modem, although other connections may prove satisfactory.

  • Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation (5/29/01) Bob Willard found this lesson on using art to learn about the past at the White House Historical Association web site.

  • Lloyd Ostendorf Funeral Arrangements (10/30/00) Thanks to Bob Willard for locating this notice from the Dayton Daily News:

    OSTENDORF Arthur Lloyd, age 79 of Oakwood died Friday Oct. 27 2000 at his residence. He was a 1939 graduate of Stivers High School and a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of WW II. He also worked at the Journal-Herald as a commercial artist. Mr. Ostendorf was one of the world's foremost authorities on Lincoln pictures and has written several books and contributed many articles, illustrations and photographs on Lincoln for magazines, books and television. He received his honorary Doctorate's degrees from Lincoln College in Lincoln Illinois and Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate Tennessee where he served on the Board of Trustees as well as the Museum Board. Mr. Ostendorf was a member of the Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors, the Dayton-Montgomery County Historical Society and had served as president of the Civil War Round Table of Dayton. Survived by his wife of 58 years Rita of Oakwood; 2 sons Thomas and wife Rita and Daniel all of Oakwood; a daughter Roxanne McDade and husband Tom of Springboro; 3 sisters Pat Karch and husband Paul of TX, Jeanne Dickman and husband Robert of Wilmington and Nancy Connair and husband Tim of Centerville; 2 brothers Ned and wife Kay of Waynesville and Philip and wife France' of Florida; and 8 grandchildren; Amy Ostendorf of Wisconsin, Michael Ostendorf of Cincinnati and Robert, Mary, David, Ann, John and Brian Ostendorf all of Dayton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday Nov. 2 at Emmanuel Catholic Church, 149 Franklin St., Dayton, Father Lee Sciarrotta, celebrant, with Prayers 9:15 A.M. Thursday in the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Road, Kettering. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 4-8:00 P.M. Wednesday in the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the funeral home's website at www.routsong.com.

  • National Agriculture Library Building Named After Lincoln (6/21/00) Bob Willard sends this press release about a fitting memorial for the President who established the Department of Agriculture in 1862. Click here to see photos of the event.

  • The Day Mr. Lincoln Came to Town (5/21/00) Craig Harmon, director of the Lincoln Highway National Museum, has created this description of the 135th anniversary commemoration of the Lincoln funeral train passing through Galion, Ohio.

  • For a Vast Future Also: Lincoln and the Millennium (4/19/00) Many thanks to Bob Willard who drew our attention to these pages about James McPherson and the Jefferson Lecture he delivered on March 27. Those who could not hear the lecture in person can enjoy it on this website from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Clement Vallandigham Song (3/11/00) Mark Forder says, "I would like to share a paper I have from approximately 1864. The paper was found folded in a Bible that was dated 1860 and has remained there until a few weeks ago. I have added an image of it to my home page so that it can be viewed by anyone who can utlize the information upon it."

  • Recollections of Lincoln at Gettysburg (2/26/00)

  • Lincoln Funeral in England (12/13/99) Michael Hammerson of London reports that "In carrying out some research, I have by chance come across the following news item in a local London, England, newspaper, the St. John's Wood and South Hampstead Advertiser, for March 13, 1890:"

    The Late Abraham Lincoln: A funeral service was held, at the residence of the United States Minister, on Friday afternoon last [7th], in the presence of relatives of the family and staff of the American Legation. The service was performed by Dr. Monro Gibson, of Marlborough-place Presbyterian Church, who was at the time pastor of the church where Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln attended at Chicago, and who baptised young Abraham Lincoln. At the conclusion of the service, the remains were removed to Kensal-green Cemetery and placed in a vault beneath the Chapel, pending their removal to Springfield, Illinois, United States of America, for interment in the Lincoln family burial place.

    [Editor's note: This refers to Abraham Lincoln II ("Jack"), grandson of the President, who died in England while his father, Robert Todd Lincoln, served as U.S. minister under President Benjamin Harrison. Jack was once buried in his grandfather's tomb in Springfield, but now lies in his parents' plot in Arlington National Cemetery.]

  • The Day Lincoln Was Shot Ultimate Web Site (12/12/99) Reader T. Miller says, "Found this while web surfing. Felt those interested in the 1997 TNT movie would be interested. Has great links. Just click on the photo." The Day Lincoln Was Shot

  • Land of Lincoln Trip Report (1997)
    An ALO viewer visits Illinois and Indiana

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