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

Saturday, September 30, 2023

duration 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
rating Free. For teachers of grades K-12.

Unravel Abraham Lincoln’s complex legacy with museum educators from the National Portrait Gallery, President Lincoln’s Cottage and Ford’s Theatre.  In this three hour workshop, participants will analyze W.F.K. Travers’ 1865 life-sized painting of the 16th president, discuss Lincoln’s role in the emancipation of four million African Americans and participate in a close looking of several monuments and memorials in D.C. honoring Lincoln to see how art reflects the arc of his evolving legacy.

Where: National Portrait Gallery. 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001

Parking and Transportation: There are several pay-to-park lots in the neighborhood and limited street parking is available. We recommend participants take public transportation.

What to Bring: Just yourselves.

Participants will take away:

  • A packet of tools and resources for examining primary sources and artworks with your students.
  • Resources and contacts to plan your own field trip.
  • Practice skills and strategies to engage your students in close-looking and historical thinking.
  • A letter certifying three hours of professional development