• The First Lincoln Memorial

    Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

    National Historical Park Kentucky

Curriculum Materials

The challenges of frontier Kentucky life shaped the fundamental character Abraham Lincoln needed to lead the nation successfully through the trials of the Civil War.

The National Park Service provides educational opportunities for classroom students through curriculum-based lesson plans for teachers.

Thirty teachers from the tri-state area (Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois) at a 3 day workshop designed web-based teacher lesson plans with pre-visit, post-visit and long-distance learning options. These curriculum-based education programs are designed to engage students in learning about history, math, science and social studies.


Illustrations of Young Abraham Lincoln used for Abraham Lincoln: Great Learner/Great Leader and Women of the American Frontier were created by Lloyd Ostendorf and used with permission from his publisher Phillip H. Wagner, Wagner Office Systems of Springfield, Illinois.

Funding for this project was provided by the following organizations:

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Did You Know?

Picture of the Boundary Oak Tree

A large white oak tree at the Sinking Spring Farm first served as a specified boundary marker in an 1805 survey of the farm. The oak became known as the Boundary Oak and was thought to be 28 years old at the time of Lincoln's birth. The tree eventually died in 1976 and was later found to be 195 years old.