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Tuesday through Saturday10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Indiana Experience Admission Free IHS MembersFree Children under 5$9 Adult$8 Seniors 60 and older$5 Youth ages 5 through 17 Free parking with admission in lot off New York.

The Long Goodbye: Grieving Lincoln in the Heartland

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Explore how America mourned for its first assassinated president. The 16th president’s assassination left the country in a state of shock and mourning. Lincoln’s 1,700-mile funeral procession, via train, was attended by an estimated 8 million Americans. Delve into the legacy of death, funerary customs and mourning during this era.

$50; $40 members; $15 students; $55 at the door. Lunch is included in ticket price.

Presentations Include

  • Abraham Lincoln’s Body presented by Dr. Richard W. Fox (University of Southern California and author of Lincoln’s Body) exploring how the funeral train kept the memory of Lincoln as a person, a leader and an orator alive
  • The Country Reacts: A Moderated Discussion around how Indiana responded to Lincoln’s assassination, with Dr. Nicole Etcheson (Ball State University and author of A Generation at War: The Civil War Era in a Northern Community), Dr. Brian Dirck (Anderson University and author of Lincoln and the Constitution) and moderated by William E. Bartelt (IHS Trustee and author of There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana Youth)
  • Break-out Sessions include an up-close experience with Indiana Historical Society collections or walking tour of Indianapolis during the Lincoln Funeral Train.
  • Funerary Customs in Lincoln’s Era, a special concluding session at the Indiana State Museum with chief curator Dr. Susannah Koerber, looking at how the country mourned through Lincoln-related objects.

Logistical Details

Free parking for the day will be available on a first come, first serve basis at the Indiana Historical Society lot, off of New York Street.

Please note that the Indy Women’s Half-Marathon and 5K will also be taking place on the morning of Saturday September 29. Please leave extra time to reach the History Center that morning. The course runs along New York Street, partially blocking access to the parking lot. Please plan to approach the History Center from the south along West Street. Race organizers should allow cars to access the parking lot during the race, as gaps between runners become available.

The last session of the day will occur at the Indiana State Museum, 650 West Washington Street, just a short walk down the Canal from the History Center. Parking will also be available at the White River State Park underground parking garage for $5 per car

Program presented with support from the Abraham Lincoln Association. Morning coffee session sponsored by Brickhouse Coffee.

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33rd Annual Lincoln Colloquium

Sep 29, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. History Center
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