Statement from Our Director

An update from Director Paul R. Tetreault on the events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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  • Dedicating the Petersen House As The Lincoln Museum

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    Today, we often think of the Petersen House as the “other part” of Ford’s Theatre National Historic site. But in 1893, a group of prominent Washingtonians had another idea: They planned for the Petersen House to be a national monument to President Abraham Lincoln.

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    • Topic: Ford’s History, Memorialization
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • Remembering Lincoln As A Local and A Friend

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    The Museum of the Grand Prairie has participated in the Remembering Lincoln Digital Collection by contributing pieces from its own collections, and those of local Lincolniana collector Kent Tucker.  Located in Champaign County, Illinois, the museum is in one of the counties of the 8th Judicial Circuit, where Lincoln practiced law.

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    • Topic: Assassination
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • The Man Behind the Lincoln Funeral: George R. Harrington

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    Planning a funeral is a difficult task under normal circumstances. Planning the funeral of a recently assassinated U.S. president brings that task to another level of complexity. That responsibility fell to 50-year-old George R. Harrington, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

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    • Topic: Assassination
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • Dr. Sandra Shannon Discusses August Wilson’s “Fences”

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    “I read Fences in 1987 and was so moved by its portrait of the deeply troubled Troy Maxson that, as soon as I had turned the last page, I vowed to read everything I could get my hands on that was written by August Wilson.”  Thus began Dr. Sandra Shannon's more than 30-year career as a leading scholar of his life and work.

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    • Topic: Theatre Productions
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • August Wilson's Century Cycle

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    August Wilson’s Century Cycle is a towering achievement of 10 plays documenting the hopes and struggles of African Americans. With increasing popularity in the last 10 years, Fences has become an American classic, dedicated to unearthing the lives, hopes, dreams and struggles of African Americans.

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    • Topic: Theatre Productions
    • Type: Readings
    • Grades: 6-8, 9-12
  • 10 American Orators Who Aren't Abraham Lincoln

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    Many Americans have used oratory as a way to drive civic change. Learn about 10 change-makers whom you might not know about yet.

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    • Topic: Oratory, Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type: Readings, Speeches
    • Grades: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12