By Edward Epstein
Monday, October 9, 2023
When the Lincoln Group holds its program on Tuesday, October 17 - discussing Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in its 160th anniversary year - we'll be displaying our organization's growing national reach.
The Lincoln Group was founded in the mid-1930s as a Washington D.C.-based organizaton to study "the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln" and his vision of a society dedicated to equality and compassion. Over the years members have come not just from the D.C. metro area but from across the nation. Recently this national membership has expanded greatly in scope.
Word of the Lincoln Group has spread thanks to this website, which boasts healthy traffic for a historical organization. Members anywhere can - and do - join in programs, thanks to Zoom technology.
The upcoming program, which will start at 6 p.m. eastern time, will feature three of our members. Tom Peet will discuss how Lincoln viewed the Declaration of Independence, and not the Constitution, as the nation's key founding document. Tom long lived in Ohio but for the last few years has resided in Washington State.
From Colorado, member and former Lincoln Group president John O'Brien will discuss Lincoln's use of religious symbolism in the address. Until recent years, John lived outside Washington in Maryland.
And from suburban Maryland, I will talk about how Lincoln's two-minute speech at Gettysburg changed American political oratory forever. After the three members' presentations we'll have lots of time for members' questions and comments.
The group has members in many states including California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Maine, Arizona and Illinois.
The program should wrap up by about 8 p.m. eastern time.
Tuesday's program is Zoom-only and is open to all group members. You can register to make sure you get the Zoom address by going to the events section of Lincolnian.org and RSVPing.
In addition to our monthly programs, members get The Lincolnian, our quarterly newsletter, the opportunity to participate in occasional Lincoln-related walking tours in the Washington area and our annual picnic and visit to a Civil War site. The group also hosts special events.