Lincoln, Obama, and the White House

The newly elected president has made many referrals to Abraham Lincoln, and what an opportune time to tie this momentous time in history with the Standards of Learning that many have in their American History and/or Virginia History classes:


I.Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life: See his top hat, pictures, and many more items. If you have a weekend free, why not leave early some Saturday morning and see the exhibit in person? It’s only a four hour drive, and I’ve heard of others who park in Fredericksburg and take the train from there.

a)Commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial: A page with many links

b)Educational Resources from the Smithsonian

II.First Ladies. The first lady has received much attention with her poise and fashion. What were previous first ladies like? What did they wear?

III. White House Historical Association: Visit the website with pictures, lesson plans, resources, and tours. Explore previous presidents’ lives in the White House. Do you want to visit in person? They have a fabulous shop near the White House. If you want to go, I can tell you where it is and give you some hints (as in water bottles cause the guards to be very unhappy, etc.).

IV. Enchanted Learning: The White House. Worksheets, facts about Washington, D.C., and sundry White House resources

V. Pictures Behind the Scenes on Inauguration: ( Pictures of President Obama on his important day.

VI: Past Presidential Inauguration speeches: Bartleby; New York Times Past Inaugural Speeches

Do you have resources to share? Feel free to add a comment!

1/28/09 update: White House 101–facts for everyone