Through the Explore Kentucky History app, visitors can experience the people and places of Kentucky with connections to the 16th president in person and online. Based on the Kentucky Historical Marker Program, the app connects Kentucky communities by combining historical markers, related items in the KHS collections and user-submitted images and stories into mapped points of interest. Related historical markers across the Commonwealth are then grouped together into tours.
Abraham Lincoln invoked the phrase “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” The phrase referred to his belief that the nation could not survive without a solution to the question of slavery. Yet the Kentucky-born Lincoln might just as well have been talking about his in-laws. His wife Mary Todd had been born into a slaveholding household in Lexington. Of her thirteen siblings, eight of them were Confederate sympathizers. In addition to viewing the exhibit online above, educational institutions in Kentucky may borrow the traveling panel exhibit for one to two month periods. For information please click here General Info & Application for Traveling Exhibit
WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN: "Lincoln's Lexington "
Download the Walking Tour brochure here or pick up a copy at the Mary Todd Lincoln House! The tour includes locations relevant to Lincoln family history, Lexington history and African American history. Approximately 2.5 miles.
WALKING TOUR OF LEXINGTON CEMETERY: "A House Divided"
Download the Walking Tour brochure here or pick up a copy at the Mary Todd Lincoln House! The tour includes the Todd family plot and other Union and Confederates buried at Lexington's historic cemetery.
Come see downtown Lexington through the eyes Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of the 16th president of the United States! The "Quest" is actually a short scavenger hunt in which folks solve clues as they move from place to place in downtown Lexington. The quest is a part of a statewide program designed to help Kentuckians get outdoors and learn about the natural wonders and intriguing history of our Commonwealth. For other quests across the state, click here.
AUDIO WALKING TOUR OF DOWNTOWN LEXINGTON
For full information visit http://www.visitlex.com/audiotour/index.php. You can listen to the tour on a cell phone, download it to a smart-enough phone where you can hear it and look at it, listen to the whole thing on your computer, or just walk the trail while calling up on your cell phone.
- To listen on your cell phone, call (859) 963-3649. The tour is free; your regular phone charges may apply.
- See it on your smart phone at http://myoncell.mobi/18599633649
"MARY GOES TO SCHOOL" EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
In an effort to reach more children, we are taking Mary on the road through our educational program “Mary Goes to School.” The program brings first person interpretation directly to 4th and 5th graders across Kentucky. Grants are available to fund visits to ANY school in Kentucky. The program is funded by Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, and the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. For further information please call 859-233-9999. MaryGoestoSchoolGrantApplication
Field Trip Ideas in Lexington
March 15 - Nov. 30
Mon. - Sat. (closed Sun.)
Tours 10AM - 3PM
Museum closes 4PM