Lincoln Heritage Museum remains open for normal operating hours (Tuesday-Friday 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday 1 pm to 4 pm), despite the closure of Lincoln College in May of 2022.

educational activities and resources

To assist educators, the Abraham Lincoln Center for Character Development has developed lesson plans and activities to foster greater character using the model of Abraham Lincoln.  Additionally, the ALCCD also hosts a limited number of retreats for students in schools.  For more information, contact the Center at [email protected]


The Abraham Lincoln Center for Character Development, in cooperation with the Lincoln Heritage Museum, has developed brochures available in the Legacy Gallery of the museum, which highlight each of the character traits of Abraham Lincoln: honesty, empathy, humility, perseverance, courage, vision, intellect, responsibility, civility, and leadership. Each of these brochures provide stories on Abraham Lincoln’s character development and how he exhibited character. Each brochure also implores the reader to examine his or her own life to challenge how that character could be better revealed and shown to those around us. For information on these brochures or to obtain a copy, contact the ALCCD or the Lincoln Heritage Museum at [email protected] 


The Abraham Lincoln Center for Character Development holds a character library consisting of books and pamphlets on Abraham Lincoln and character. The materials cannot be removed from the facility, but the public is invited to use these resources.  Please call the Center and make arrangements prior to a visit. 


Lesson plans for educators:





Here are excellent selected books on Abraham Lincoln which have a character emphasis


Adult Books:

  • Abraham Lincoln: A Character Sketch by Robert Dickinson Sheppard
  • Abraham Lincoln Civil War America by Walter Gienapp 
  • A. Lincoln by Ronald C. White
  • Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Lincoln As Hero by Frank J. Williams
  • Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard Carwardine
  • Lincoln: Master of Men: A Study in Character by Alonzo Rothschild 
  • Lincoln’s Battle With God by Stephen Mansfield
  • Lessons From Lincoln by Harvey Alvy
  • Lincoln on Leadership by Donald T. Phillips
  • Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin


Children’s Books:


  • Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek by Deborah Hopkinson and John Hendrix
  • Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington by Cheryl Harness
  • Abe Lincoln: the Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters and Nancy Carpenter
  • Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  • Abraham Lincoln: A Giant Among Presidents by Tanya Savory
  • Abraham Lincoln: A Life of Honesty by Tonya Leslie
  • I Am Abraham Lincoln by Brad Melzer
  • Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman
  • Who Was Abraham Lincoln by Janet B Pascal, illustrated by John O’Brien
  • Young Abe Lincoln by Cheryl Harness
  • Young Abraham Lincoln by Andrew Wood

Here are some excellent additional resources in the study of Abraham Lincoln:



Here are some excellent additional resources in the field of Character Development:

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