Lincoln’s Birthday – February 12
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, remains one of the most influential figures in American history. Born on February 12, 1809, Lincoln rose from humble beginnings to lead the nation through the Civil War, its gravest constitutional and moral crisis.
Lincoln’s leadership during the Civil War and his determination to preserve the Union are pivotal chapters in our nation’s story. His issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation marked a significant step towards abolishing slavery, setting a precedent for equality and justice.
- Books: “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, “Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln” by Margarita Engle and Rafael López.
- Virtual Field Trips: Explore the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and a Virtual Tour of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.
- Documentaries: “The Civil War” by Ken Burns, available on various streaming platforms.
Presidents’ Day – Third Monday in February
Originally established to honor George Washington, the first U.S. President, Presidents’ Day has evolved to celebrate all past presidents’ contributions to the country.
A Day for All U.S. Presidents
This day is an opportunity to reflect on the achievements and challenges all American presidents face and their impact on the nation’s history and future.
- Reading List: “Hail to the Chief” created by Reading Rockets is a list of books about US Presidents.
- Online Exhibitions: Visit the presidential libraries’ websites for digital exhibitions and resources.
- Interactive Resources: Websites like iCivics offer engaging learning activities about presidential history.
Reflecting on Leadership and Democracy
Understanding our presidential history is crucial in appreciating and participating in our democracy. These holidays offer a chance to reflect on the qualities of leadership that have shaped our nation and to consider our role in continuing the legacy of democracy.
As we observe Lincoln’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day, let’s take this time to commemorate the leaders who have shaped our nation. TCSOS encourages everyone to engage in these moments of historical reflection and learning.