Smart Phone Tour
Learn more about Lincoln by learning about his neighbors.
Visit the Lincoln home neighborhood with your smart phone or via a web site to experience fascinating multimedia programs about how major themes in American history, like race, gender, politics, and religion, played out in pre-Civil War Springfield. Videos, images, and audio files provide an in-depth look into the lives of people who lived near Lincoln, providing a deeper understanding of the times in which Lincoln lived and the challenges and issues that people faced just prior to the Civil War.
The Lincoln Home Mobile Tour shows that early residents of Springfield came from a variety of backgrounds and were involved in many occupations, activities and social and political issues. One tour video tells the story of Jameson Jenkins, a free black man who lived a half block away from Lincoln. In 1850, Jenkins helped fugitive slaves escape north to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Another tour video describes Lincoln's neighbor Robert Reid Kalley, an atheist physician from Scotland who had a religious conversion and became a missionary and ordained minister. Kalley brought more than 600 exiled Portuguese Protestants to settle in Springfield and surrounding communities.