Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial - History
By Sarah Lane
Jan 24, 2005, 14:17

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Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial - Indiana

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial preserves the site of the farm where Abraham Lincoln lived from age 7 to 21. His family moved to Indiana in 1816 residing there until 1830 when they ventured on to Illinois. It was this time in Lincoln’s life that had a major impact on the man he was to become . . . the leader of the United States of America. This location is the closest we can come to connecting with the younger years of this famous man’s life.

This Lincoln Boyhood Memorial is also significant because it’s the final resting place of Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Abraham’s mother. Lincoln’s Boyhood National Memorial is also one of the very first memorial edifices and landscapes designated as such, during a period when historical preservation was fast becoming a way for the country to show respect. The goal from day one was to create a proper memorial to commemorate how much this country appreciated Lincoln and his mother.

The State of Indiana created and operated the memorial to Lincoln and his mother until 1962. In recognition of its national significance, Congress authorized the creation of the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. The National Park Service has since assumed responsibility for operating the park. There is a special museum that walks you though Lincoln’s youth as well as a film intended to teach visitors about Lincoln’s life in Indiana. Check out the resource section for ways in which you can make the most out of your visit to this special memorial.

Source: National Park Service

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