Kentucky Historical Society
Celebrate the Birth of Abraham Lincoln with the Lincoln Heritage Trail and Resources from the Kentucky Historical Society
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2012) – In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 203rd birthday, the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) and Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office invite you to revisit both the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail and the KHS HistoryMobile.
"During the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commemoration, Kentucky worked diligently to reclaim its Lincoln heritage. On President Lincoln's 203rd birthday, the Kentucky Historical Society encourages people once again to explore the lifelong connections between Abraham Lincoln and his native Kentucky home," said KHS Executive Director Kent Whitworth.
The KHS HistoryMobile will be parked at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park near Hodgenville, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 12. Its current exhibit, "Kentucky's Abraham Lincoln," explores Lincoln's frontier childhood, his career from log house to the White House and his struggles to end slavery and lead the nation through the Civil War. Lincoln was born on Sunday, Feb. 12, 1809.
The KHS HistoryMobile contains artifacts and images as well as audio, video and interactive elements to appeal to visitors of all ages. It is made possible by the generosity of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Pilot Corp. and the KHS Foundation.
The Kentucky Heritage Council and KHS teamed up to revamp Kentucky’s Lincoln Heritage Trail for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commemoration in February 2008. It is a scenic route through central Kentucky with 16 individual sites, each of which has a historical connection to our nation’s 16th president:
Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, Lexington
Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, Jessamine County
Farmington Historic Plantation, Louisville
Hardin County Museum, Elizabethtown
Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, Fairview
Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort
Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda, Frankfort
Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site, Hodgenville
Lincoln Boyhood Home, Hodgenville
Lincoln Museum, Hodgenville
Lincoln Homestead State Park, Springfield
Lincoln Marriage Temple, Harrodsburg
Mary Todd Lincoln House, Lexington
Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
White Hall State Historic Site, Richmond
For an interactive map and more information about each of the Lincoln Heritage Trail sites, visit www.kylincolntrail.com.
Many of these sites are also part of the Kentucky Civil War Heritage Trail. For more information, visit www.kentuckytourism.com/kentucky_civil_war.
From 2007-09, KHS served as administrator of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. That year, the exhibition “Beyond the Log Cabin: Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln” toured statewide. Many of the artifacts and resources from that exhibition are still available online at www.history.ky.gov/kylincoln.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.