Black and white photograph of an oil painting of Abraham Lincoln standing between a desk and a globe.
Abraham Lincoln by WFK Travers. 1865, Oil on canvas. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Rediscovering Lincoln: The Travers Portrait and Lincoln’s Complex Legacy

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

5 – 6 p.m. ET
Free, virtual event

Unravel Abraham Lincoln’s complex legacy with museum educators from the National Portrait GalleryPresident Lincoln’s Cottage and Ford’s Theatre. In this one-hour workshop, participants will analyze W.F.K. Travers’ 1865 life-sized painting of the 16th president and discuss Lincoln’s role in the emancipation of four million African Americans. They will also look closely at several monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C., honoring Lincoln to discover how art reflects the arc of his evolving legacy.

This workshop was designed with teachers in mind, but all are welcome to attend.

The Portrait Gallery strives to provide programs that are accessible to all visitors. If you have questions about the accessibility of this program, or if you would like to request real-time captioning (CART), sign language interpretation, or any other accommodations, please contact [email protected]. Two weeks’ advance notice is appreciated for requesting accommodations.

Where: Online

Participants will:

  • Practice skills and strategies to engage in close looking and historical thinking.
  • Get resources and contacts to plan your own trip to the museum.
  • Receive a letter certifying one-hour of professional development.