National Mall and Memorial Parks rangers, the Trust for the National Mall and their friends led a teacher professional development series in honor of the completion of the Lincoln Memorial 100 years ago, on May 30, 1922. Through six virtual, one-hour sessions for educators, learn about the history of the memorial, the events that have taken place there, and how the meaning has evolved over time.
Teacher Workship Series - Session 1 — The Dedication of the Lincoln Memorial
The first session explored the dedication event for the Lincoln Memorial on May 30, 1922. In his remarks, President Warren Harding said “this memorial…is less for Abraham Lincoln than for those of us today, and for those who follow after.” Explore this quotation about memorializing Abraham Lincoln, and consider ways that your students can participate in the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial in May 2022. This program is presented by the Trust for the National Mall in partnership with the National Park Service's National Mall and Memorial Parks.
Teacher Workshop Series: Session 2 — Ford's Theatre
For the second session of The Lincoln Memorial at 100 Teacher Workshop Series Alex Wood from Ford's Theatre Society presented on Places of Memory: Ford's Theatre. While Ford's Theatre is not the only place where a president has been assassinated in the United States, it still stands today, unlike some other places of tragedy. Explore what happened to the building after the assassination, who occupied it, how it returned to being a working theatre, and how it stands as a living memorial to President Lincoln today.
The Lincoln Memorial at 100 - Teacher Workshop Series: Session 3 - Decoding Gettysburg
January’s teacher workshop session in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial dedication, "Decoding Gettysburg," Gettysburg National Military Park's Education Specialist Barb Sanders analyzed the Gettysburg Address (engraved on the south wall of the Lincoln Memorial) line-by-line, and then worked to decode the elements of the National Mall's monuments and memorials, including their text, symbolism, materials, and location.
The Lincoln Memorial 100 - Teacher Workshop Series: Session 4 - Lincoln's Birthplace and Boyhood Home
Session 4 was presented by Park Ranger Stacy Humphreys from Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park located in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park located in Hodgenville, Kentucky is home to the Sinking Spring Farm, also known as the birthplace of our 16th President Abraham Lincoln. The park is made up of two units: The Birthplace Unit and the Boyhood Home Unit at Knob Creek. It was here on these two farms that Abraham Lincoln spent the first seven years of his life. His Kentucky roots would have a lasting impact on the boy who would later become president. In the early 20th century private citizens would band together to create the park, and the first national monument to Lincoln in the United States. Join us as we explore Lincoln's Kentucky roots and influences, share stories of the park's creation and detail the work that is still being done to tell the story of the early formative years of Lincoln's life.
The Lincoln Memorial at 100 - Teacher Workshop Series Session 5: Lincoln Memorial 'Geostory' — Trust for the National Mall
For session five, National Mall and Memorial Parks rangers and their friends "dig deep" into the geologic sotires represented by the Lincoln Memorial. March's session was presented by Ranger Sonya Popelka of Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado. The geologic overview of the Washington, DC area lays the foundation for finding how geology influences the scenery, development, and history of this area. DC's geology plays an important role in why this location was chosen to be the site of the new capital city. Once chosen, DC's rapid development created irreversible impact - namely the increased sediment in the Potomac River. A dredging and reclamation project made the river once more navigable, and at the same time extended the land area of the National Mall to the west and south with fill from the project. On this reclaimed land, memorials were erected to honor presidents and war veterans, each constructed with stones that not only provide the building blocks of each structure, but strengthen the themes and ideas of each memorial as well.
Last updated: October 21, 2022