The worlds of invention and Lincoln overlap on Sept. 14 at the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Special program for children ages eight to
12 years old
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[September 13, 2019]
SPRINGFIELD – Abraham Lincoln was no Thomas
Edison or Alexander Graham Bell, but he did have an inventive mind.
He is the only president to hold a patent, for a device to buoy
steamboats over shoals.
Children will be able to learn about Lincoln’s
invention and the broader world of 19th century technology at a free
event Sept. 14 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
“Civil War Tech: Lincoln’s Patent” is open to students ages 8-12.
This two-hour event begins at 10 a.m. in the library building (112
N. Sixth Street, Springfield). Space is limited, so make
reservations by visiting
www.presidentlincoln. illinois.gov and clicking on
“special event reservations.”
Students will be divided into groups and given a problem related to
19th century issues like plumbing or medicine. Using teamwork and
creativity, each group will invent something to solve the problem.
They will then explain their inventions to a panel of “investors”
before receiving a “patent.”
The children will learn about Lincoln’s love of technology. They
will also leave with a firm understanding of patents, the importance
of innovation and the ties between Lincoln’s views on ingenuity and
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Another Civil War Tech event is coming up Nov. 2. It will examine
the science used by people escaping slavery on the Underground Railroad, from
medicine to disguises to navigation.
Civil War Tech melds science, technology, engineering and mathematics education
with history. Thousands of students have participated in the program at the
presidential library and at schools around central Illinois.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to telling the
story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents,
photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to
all aspects of Illinois history. The museum uses traditional exhibits,
eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate
For more information, visit
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum]