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(The resources listed below depict the selection of materials utilized during the 2009 Abraham Lincoln on the Tri-State Heritage Trail Summer Geography Institute. Many additional valuable and reliable resources exist about Mr. Lincoln and his era, but the purpose for this site focuses on the experiences of the participants.)


  • *In Lincoln’s Footsteps: A Historical Guide to the Lincoln Sites in Illinois, Indiana, & Kentucky. By Don Davenport. Madison: Prairie Oak Press, 1991.
  • *Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe’s America. By Andrew Ferguson. New York: Grove Press, 2007.  274 pages, easy-to-read, high school through adult.  ISBN 10: 0-8021-4361-x.
  • Abe Lincoln’s Hat. By Martha Brenner and illustrated by Donald Cook. New York: Random House, 1994. 48 pages, lower elementary grades. A fun book about Mr. Lincoln focusing on his had with many documents. ISBN 13: 978-0-679-84977-3.
  • Abraham Lincoln: A Photographic Story of a Life. By Tanya Lee Stone. New York: DK Publishing, Inc. 121 pages, elementary school through high school.  A collection of colorful images depicting documents, people, places, and events in the life of Abraham Lincoln. ISBN 13: 978-0-7566-0833-0.
  • Abraham Lincoln Comes Home. By Robert Burleigh with paintings by Wendell Minor. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2008. 28 pages, lower elementary grades. A very visual story about the Lincoln funeral train. Excellent paintings. ISBN 13: 978-0-8050-7529-8.
  • Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale. By Deborah Hopkinson and John Hendrix. New York: Schwartz and Wade Books (a division of Random House). 32 pages, elementary grades. A fun story about young Abe Lincoln’s childhood friend and an adventure along Knob Creek in Kentucky.  Excellent illustrations.  ISBN 13: 978-0-375-83768-5.
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Extraordinary Era: The Man and His Times. By K.M. Kostyal. Washington, D.C.: the National Geographic Society, 2009. 214 pages, high school through adult and some well-read middle school students. A collection of “little known stories and rare archival photographs”, this official book of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, provides a glimpse into the world of Mr. Lincoln. The visuals are crisp, and the text is interesting. ISBN13: 978-1-4262-0328-2.
  • If YOU Grew Up With Abraham Lincoln. By Ann McGovern and Illustrated by George Ulrich. New York: Scholastic, 1966.  80 pages, elementary grades.  Very easy-to-read information about life during Abraham Lincoln’s time.  ISBN 10: 0-590-45154-5.
  • In Lincoln’s Hand: His Origianl Manuscripts. Edited by Harol Holzer and Joshua Wolf Shenk and commentary by distinguished Americans. New York: Bantam Dell. 196 pages, high school through adult. An official publication of the Library of Congress Bicentennial Exhibition “With Malice Toward None”. The book provides a large collection of copied documents, photographs, and artifacts related to the life of Abraham Lincoln. For example, a copy of an original letter from Mr. Lincoln to Mary Todd Lincoln from April 16,1848 along side photographs and a translation of the document. ISBN 13: 978-0-553-80742-4.
  • Mr. Lincoln’s Boys. By Staton Rabin and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. New York: Penguin Group, 2008. 30 pages, lower elementary grades. A story about the “mostly true adventures of abraham Lincoln’s trouble-making sons, Tad and Willie, at the White House”. ISBN 13: 978-0-670-06169-3.
  • The Lincolns, A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary. By Candace Fleming. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books. 156 pages, high school through adult and well-ready middle school students. A collection of images depicting personal photographs, documents, and artifacts relating to the life of Abraham Lincoln. ISBN 13: 978-0-375-83618-3.
  • There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana Youth. By Bill Bartelt. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press, 2008.  192 pages, well-read high school through adult.  Detailed information about Abraham Lincoln’s life in the state of Indiana.  Primary and secondary resources, images, a chronology, and references to other possible Lincoln resources. ISBN 13: 978-0-87195-263-9.
  • Who Was Abraham Lincoln? By Janet Pascal and Illustrated by John O’Brien. New York: Penguin Books, 2008.  99 pages, elementary grades through early middle school. A fun and quick look at Abraham Lincoln for younger students. ISBN 13: 978-0-448-44886-2.


HISTORIC SITES (indicated on map):

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site 
Knob Creek
Mary Todd Lincoln House
Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate 
Farmington Plantation, home of Lucy and Joshua Speed
Lincoln Memorial at Louisville’s Waterfront Park

Lincoln Fery Park
Lincoln Landing
Abraham Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
Lincoln State Park

Lincoln’s Tomb 
Petersburg/New Salem


  • Abraham Lincoln’s Classroom provides quotes of the day, quizzes and other information appropriate for the classroom (1-6), by the Lincoln Institute
  • Northern Illinois University digitized many of the documents, photographs, images of artifacts and much more into a collection of materials related to Abraham Lincoln. The Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project provides these materials in an on-line format. A “Teacher’s Parlor” makes available a variety of lesson plans and classroom ideas.
  • One of the most “comprehensive collections of Civil War related materials”, The Civil War Home Page provides photographs, images, diaries, troops statistics, maps, documents, as well as information about abolition and slavery.
  • Cultural Tourism DC makes available a variety of walking tours. One of the walking tours related to Abraham Lincoln is entitled Civil War to Civil Rights: Downtown Heritage Trail.
  • Freedom’s Song: 100 Years of African-American Struggle an Triumph, a 2006 video made for use in the middle and high school classroom highlights ten events relevent to the African-American experience in the United States: The Niagara Movement, African Americans in WWII, The Tulsa Race Riots, African Americans and the Depression, The Tuskegee Airmen, Brown vs. Board of Education, The Poor People’s Campaign, African American Mayors, African Americans for President, and The Million Man March.
  • The Hunt for Lincoln’s Assassin, a 50 minute video about the events after Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre. From the National Geographic Channel, 2008.
  • The Kentucky Educational Television provides a “Facts and Fun for all Lincoln Fans” web resource with classroom resources, timelines, short videos, and more.
  • The Library of America produces several “mini” books about Abraham Lincoln
    • Lincoln as American Redeemer with an introduction by Harol Holzer
    • Lincoln and His Critics with an introduction by Eric Foner
    • Lincoln as Self-Made Man with an introduction by Catherine Clinton
    • Lincoln: Legacy of the Great Emancipator with an introduction by Edna Greene Medford
  • A web site prepared by the Lincoln Institute highlighting the variety of friendships that Abraham Lincoln made throughout his life, Mr. Lincoln and Friends
  • Mr. Lincoln’s White House, a web site prepared by the Lincoln Institute to depict events that were “pivotal to the Lincoln’s time in Washington”.
  • For research on documents and artifacts relating to Abraham Lincoln, The National Archives Great Lakes Region, provides a collection available via the Internet.
  • The National Park Service created a short video about “Lincoln: The Kentucky Years” focusing on Abraham’s birthplace, Sinking Springs Farm, and Knob Creek. For a look into the NPS on-line store, visit www.eParks.com.
  • Why Lincoln Was a Lawyer: Abraham Lincoln, the Law & Civic Education, an elementary school study unit funded by the Indiana Supreme Court and produced via The Lincoln Museum with educators from Fort Wayne Community Schools, is available via the web at www.IN.gov/judiciary/citc/lincoln.