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Welcome To The

Lincoln Group

of the

District of Columbia

We are the most active and longest continuously serving Lincoln study organization in the United States of America

  Winner of the 2022 Wendy Allen Award from       the Lincoln Forum for bringing learning, scholarship, and enlightenment to a wide public. 

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The purpose of the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia is:

  • to study the life and leadership of Abraham Lincoln

  • to engage new generations in understanding his dedication to equality and liberty under law and his attitude “with malice toward none, with charity for all;"

  • to educate about his vision “that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.” 

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"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."



About the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia
The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia was organized in 1935. It is an active institution dedicated to the study of our 16th President.


David J. Kent: President

Debbie Jackson: VP Special Events
Jon Willen: VP for Programming
Wendy Swanson: Lincolnian Editor
Susan Dennis: Membership Secretary
Ed Epstein: Recording Secretary

Janet Saros: Treasurer

John A. O'Brien: Immediate Past President

Craig Howell: At Large

Richard Margolies: At Large

Rod Ross: At Large

Scott Schroeder: At Large

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  • 2023 Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium
    Sat, Mar 25
    Ford's Theatre
    The Lincoln Group is a proud to sponsor this premier event featuring Lincoln scholars and their latest works for a local audience at Ford's Theatre. Pre-register at:
  • Financing the Civil War with Roger Lowenstein
    Tue, Apr 18
    Maggiano's Little Italy
    Popular financial writer and author of "Ways and Means" tells how Lincoln and Chase funded the Civil War as the catalyst to centralize the government and accomplish the most far-reaching reform in the country’s history.
  • "Grant won't turn back," the Battle of the Wilderness Tour and Picnic
    Sat, May 13
    Chancellorsville Battle Visitors Center
    Renowned Civil War Tourguide Craig Howell will explore Lincoln's relationship with his new commanding general, Ulysses S. Grant leading to the fierce Battle of the Wilderness.
  • Candice Shy Hooper on the most remarkable Grant aide you do not know
    Tue, May 16
    Historian Hooper will talk about Absalom Markland, Special Agent of the United States Post Office, who kept up soldiers morale wherever Grant campaigned, delivering the mail. A Zoom only event.
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