Monthly Archives: April 2014
This month marks 150 years since Lincoln signed into law a bill authorizing the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind to award college-level degrees. The institution, located in the District of Columbia, was the forerunner of today’s Gallaudet University. The college is marking the anniversary with a special history exhibit.
An Illinois man named David Kloke is commemorating the sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s assassination by building a full-scale replica of the president’s funeral train car. He hopes to recreate part of the 1865 funeral train’s journey, followed by an educational tour with stops across the country. You can learn more at the project’s official website.
In his latest project, The Address, the acclaimed filmmaker focuses on Lincoln’s most famous speech and the efforts of a group of young students to memorize and recite it. Burns recently talked to National Geographic about the documentary, which premieres April 15 on PBS.
As Lincoln’s body lay in state in New York on its way back to Illinois for burial, a Frenchman named Pierre Morand managed to sketch the dead president’s face. The owner of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop is putting Morand’s finished drawing up for sale, with an asking price of $175,000.