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"The Honor of Your Company is Requested": Lincolnís Second Inaugural Ball at the Patent Office--
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By studying "The Honor of Your Company is Requested": Lincoln's Second Inaugural Ball at the Patent Office, students learn about the history of presidential inaugural balls, in particular, Lincoln’s second inaugural ball in 1865. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Abraham Lincoln, TwHP Feature
Abraham Lincoln’s legacy as a champion of freedom is infused throughout American society. To celebrate this influential President, Teaching with Historic Places created an Abraham Lincoln feature of lesson plans by the National Park Service that emphasize Lincoln’s life, presidency, and legacy. These lessons, based on sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places, are free and ready for immediate classroom use by students in history and social studies classes.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
The mission of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is to collect, preserve, interpret, and promote the study of Abraham Lincoln and Illinois history. Education resource materials and Lesson Plans are available for teachers on a variety of topics relating to Lincoln’s life and the Library and Museum’s collections.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. Their website contains a copy of Lincoln’s second inaugural address from their collection, an interactive site about Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, and several other teaching resources related to Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln’s Classroom
Abraham Lincoln's Classroom provides assistance to students of all ages studying Abraham Lincoln's speeches, role in the Civil War, role in slavery and emancipation, and political journey. Sponsored by The Lincoln Institute and The Lehrman Institute the website also provides resources for teachers including Lesson Plans and suggested student research topics.

The Lincoln Institute
The Lincoln Institute concentrates on providing support and assistance to scholars and groups involved in the study of the life of Lincoln. Funded by the Lehrman Institute, the Institute’s website features both a Teachers and a Students section.

Library of Congress:  I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations
"I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations is a collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files relating to inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009. Organized chronologically by presidential inauguration, the site includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music. The selections are drawn from the Presidential Papers in the Manuscript Division and from the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Music Division, and the General Collections of the Library of Congress. Additional material has been included from the photography collections of the Architect of the Capitol, the White House, and the United States Senate Office of the Sergeant at Arms.

Click here to access the accompanying Teacher Resources and here for a transcript of  Lincoln’s second inaugural speech.

National Archives: DocsTeach
This website is designed so that the user can create classroom lessons and activities using documents from the National Archives extensive holdings. A search for “Lincoln 1865” in "Documents" pulled up 26 items including contemporary photographs, letters, and official government documents.

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum
The National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum are both housed in the historic Patent Office Building.  The National Portrait Gallery offers a lesson plan on the connections between Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln, available here. Listen to a podcast, “Temple of Invention,” about the Patent Office Building here. Click here for a slide show about the Patent Office Building.

United State Senate: Art & History and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
"I Do Solemnly Swear": A Half Century of Inaugural Images, a digital exhibit from the Office of the Senate Curator, contains inauguration images from Franklin Pierce in 1853 to Theodore Roosevelt in 1905; including those from Lincoln’s 1861 and 1865 inaugurations.

The Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has a “History” section with useful information about presidential inaugurations from George Washington’s in 1789 to the present.


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