The National Archives Celebrates Lincoln’s Birthday in February
Press Release · Thursday, December 21, 2006

Special programs, speakers, events and document displays

Washington, DC…The National Archives will celebrate President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in February with special films, public programs, lectures and document displays. These events are free and open to the public and will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., which is located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW, and is fully accessible.


Meet Mr. Lincoln
Friday, February 16, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

Using thousands of archival photographs, woodcuts, drawings, engravings, and posters, this 1959 NBC television program tells Abraham Lincoln’s story from his birth in a log cabin to his assassination at Ford’s Theater in 1865. Presented by The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film in partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Institute. (60 minutes.)

Family Film—Young Mr. Lincoln
Saturday, February 17, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

Young Mr. Lincoln, presented in partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Institute and in conjunction with Cultural Tourism DC’s "Warm Up to a Museum" campaign, follows a ten year period in Lincoln’s life before he became known to his nation and the world. From his boyhood days to his early law practice, director John Ford tells the story of the man who would eventually become known as "The Great Emancipator." This film, which stars Henry Fonda, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1940. (100 min., 1939)


An American Conversation with Tom Wheeler
Thursday, February 8, at 7 P.M., William G. McGowan Theater

Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith will host an American Conversation with author Tom Wheeler. The discussion will focus on Mr. Wheeler’s book, Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War. Mr. Wheeler’s book details the communications transformation that occurred during Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency. Lincoln led a divided