About This Lesson
This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file “Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial” and materials from the park. It was written by Mike Capps and was edited by Jim Percoco and the Teaching with Historic Places staff. This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into classrooms.
Where it fits into the curriculum
Topics: This lesson could be used in American history, social studies, and geography courses in units on the history of the presidency, mid-19th century party politics, or on Abraham Lincoln's life and presidency, or the formation of national identity. It could also be used in discussion on collective memory and interpretations of the past.
Time period: 1879-1962
Relevant United States History Standards for Grades 5-12
Relevant Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
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Objectives for students
1) To trace the evolution of Lincoln’s boyhood home from local efforts to maintain Nancy Hanks Lincoln’s grave to a national memorial to the Lincoln family;
2) To explain how Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial represents an important expression of the nation's respect and reverence for Abraham Lincoln;
3) To describe the creative process of building a memorial and to design a memorial;
4) To examine their own communities for memorials to commemorate individuals.
Materials for students
The materials listed below can either be used directly on the computer or can be printed out, photocopied, and distributed to students. The maps and images appear twice: in a low-resolution version with associated questions and alone in a larger, high-resolution version.
1) Two maps showing Indiana and the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Site;
2) Four readings about Lincoln as he is remembered, a history of the Nancy Hanks Lincoln's Memorial, how Lincoln is remembered both as man and as myth, and Indiana’s first national park;
3) Seven photographs of different aspects of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial including the Nancy Hanks Lincoln gravesite and memorial panels.
Visiting the site
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, administered by the National Park Service, is open daily year round except January 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The park is located on Indiana Highway 162, 8 miles south of Interstate 64. Exit the Interstate at US 231 (exit 57) and travel south on U.S. 231 to the Gentryville/Santa Claus exit, then west on Indiana Highway 162, following the signs to “Lincoln Parks.” For more information, write to the Superintendent, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, 2916 E. South Street, P.O. Box 1816, Lincoln City, IN, 47552, call (812) 937-4541 or visit the park’s web site.