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UNCOLN
MEMORIAL BUILDING




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LINCOLN
MEMORIAL BUILDING



HODGEKVILLE, KENTUCKY

"The Cradle of Lincoln"



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By
LOUIS A. WARREN



PUBLISHERS

HERALD NEWS COMPANY,

HODGENVILLE, KY.



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Copyright, 1921
By Rev. Louis A. Warren.



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PREFACE.



This leaflet has been published to satisfy the
constant demand of tourists for an accurate and per-
manent copy of the many inscriptions on the interior
and exterior walls of.the Lincoln Memorial Building
at the birth-place of Abraham Lincoln.

It also presents a sketch of the memorial build-
ing and cabin contained therein and the Frontispiece
offers a likeness of the structure that houses the
home in which Lincoln was born.

Those desiring" a more extensive description of
the places of interest at Lincoln National Park may
secure a forty-page booklet with eighteen views of
the park, including the log cabin. Another leaflet
giving the orations of three presidents, Roosevelt,
Taft, and Wilson, on the occasions of their visits to
the Park can be obtained. Both books may be pur-
chased from the publishers of this leaflet.



THE MEMORIAL BUILDING.



Tlie Lincoln Memorial Building situated at
Hodgejiville, Ky., was erected by the Lincoln Farm
Association to mark the birth-place of Abraham
Lincoln and conserve the cabin in which he was
born. Funds Were raised by public subscription
largely through the medium of ''Collier's Weekly.''

Three noteworthy celebrations were arranged
during the erection of the building; the laying of
the corner stone by President Theodore Roosevelt,
on Feb. 12, 19C9, the hundredth anniversary of Lin-
coln's birth; the dedication of the building by Presi-
dent William Howard Taft, on Nov. 9, 1911 ; and the
acceptance of the structure by Woodrow Wilson, on
behalf of the United States of America, on Sept.
4, 1916.

The log cabin within the memorial building is
practically the same as in the day of Lincoln's birth.
A few logs from another cabin were used to repl?.ce
those broken in moving the cabin about for exhibi-
tion purposes, but the most of the 143 logs are from
the original building and reconstructed in its origi-
nal design. The post in the center of the cabin was
placed there to mark the spot from which the cabin
was moved to the Nashville Centennial in 1894.



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EXTERIOR INSCRIPTIONS

ON

MEMORIAL BUILDING

HERE

OVER THE LOG CABIN WHERE ABRAHAM

LINCOLN WAS BORN DESTINED TO

PRESERVE THE UNION AND FREE THE SLAVE

A GRATEFUL PEOPLE HAVE DEDICATED

THIS MEMORIAL TO UNITY PEACE
AND BROTHERHOOD AMONG THE STATES

Wn^H MALIC^E TOWARDS NONE,
WITH CHARITY FOR ALL

I^ET US HAVE FAITH
THAT RIGHT MAKES MIGHT,
AND IN THAT FAITH LET US TO
THE END DARE TO DO OUR DUTY

Cooper Institute, N. Y. Feb. 27, 1860.

STAND WITH ANYBODY THAT

STANDS RIGHT

STAND WITH HIM WHILE HE

IS RIGHT, AND PART WITH HIM

WHEN HE GOES WRONG

Peoria, 111., Oct. 16, 1854.



THIS MEMORIAL

ERECTED

BY POPULAR SUBSCRIPTION

THROUGH THE

LINCOLN FARM ASSOCIATION
JOSEPH W. FOLK .

PRESIDENT
ROBERT J. COLLIER

VICE PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN OF
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CLARENCE H. MACKAY

TREASURER

RICHARD LLOYD JONES

SECRETARY



JOHN RUSSELL POPE

ARCHITECT



CORNERSTONE LAID BY

PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT

FEBRUARY 12, 1909

DEDICATED BY
PRESIDENT TAFT
NOVEMBER 9, 1911



BOARD OF TRUSTEES

OF THE

LINCOLN FARM ASSOCIATION

WILLIAM H. TAFF
JOSEPH W. FOLK
HORACE POKTER
CHARLES E. HUGHES
OSCAR S. STRAUS
JOHN A. JOHNSON
ALBERT SHAW
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS
CLARENCE H. MACKAY
NORMAN HAPGOOD
LYMAN J. GAGE
SAMUEL GOMPERS
AUGUST BELMONT
ROBERT J. COLLIER
AUGUSTUS E. WILLSON
HENRY WATTERSON
JENKINS LLOYD JONES
THOMAS HASTINGS
IDA M. TARBELL
CHARLES A. TOWNE

RICHARD Lloyd jones

CARDNIAL GIBBONS
JOSEPH H. CHAOTE
EDWARD M. SHEPHERD
WILLIAM J. BRYAN
CHARLES E. MINER
WILLIAM T. JEROME
AUGUSTUS ST. GAUDBNS



INSCRIPTIONS WITHIN

HE WAS THE NORTH, THE SOUTH, THE EAST, THE WEST.
THE THRALL, THE MASTER, ALL OF US IN ONE;
THERE WAS NO SECTION THAT HE HELD THE BEST;
HIS LOVE SHOWN AS IMPARTIAL AS THE SUN;
AND SO REVENGE APPEALED TO HIM IN VAIN,
HE SMILED AT IT AS AT A THING FORLORN,
AND GENTLY PUT IT FROM HIM, ROSE AND STOOD
A MOMENTS SPACE IN PAIN,
REMEMBERING THE PRARIES AND THE CORN
AND THE GLAD VOICES OF THE FIELD AND WPOD.

MAURICE THOMPSON

THE COLOR OF THE GROUND WAS IN HIM THE RED EARTH

THE SMELL AND SMACK OF ELEMENTAL THINGS:

THE RECTITUDE AND PATIENCE OF THE CLIFF;

THE GOOD WILL OF THE RAIN THAT LOVES ALL LEAVES;

THE FRIENDLY WELCOME OF THE WAYSIDE WELL;

THE COURAGE OF THE BIRD THAT DARES THE SEA;

THE GLADNESS OF THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE CORN;

THE MERCY OF THE SNOW THAT HIDES ALL SCARS;

THE SECRECY OF STREAMS THAT MAKE THEIR WAY

BENEATH THE MOUNTAIN TO THE RIFTED ROCK;

THE UNDELAYING JUSTICE OF THE LIGHT

THAT GLIDES AS FREELY TO THE SHRINKING FLOWER

AS TO THE GREAT OAK FLARING TO THE WIND

TO THE GRAVES LOW HILL AS TO THE MATTERHORN

THAT SHOULDERS OUT THE SKY.

EDWIN MARKHAM



MEMORIAL BUILDING

I WAS BORN FEB. 12, 1809, IN HARDIN COUNTY
KENTUCKY. MY PARENTS WERE BORN IN
VIRGINIA. KY MOTHER WHO DIED IN MY TENTH
YEAR, WAS OF A FAMILY OF THE NAME OF HANKS.
MY FATHER AT THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER WAS
BUT SIX YEARS OF AGE, AND HE GREW UP,
LITTERALLY WITHOUT EDUCATION. HE REMOVED
FROM KENTUCKY TO WHAT IS NOW SPENCER
COUNTY, INDIANA, IN MY EIGHTH YEAR. WE REACHED
OUR NEW HOME ABOUT THE TIME THE STATE
CAME INTO THE UNION. IT WAS A WILD REGION,
WJTH MANY BEARS AND OTHER WILD ANIMALS,
STILL IN THE WOODS. THERE I GREW UP. THERE
WERE SOME SCHOOLS, SO CALLED.
THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO EXCITE
AMBITION FOR EDUCATION. OF COURSE WHEN
I CAME OF AGE I DID NOT KNOW MUCH. STILL,
SOMEHOW, I COULD READ, WRITE, AND CIPHER
TO THE RULE OF THREE, BUT THAT WAS ALL.
THE LITTLE ADVANCE I NOW HAVE UPON THIS
STORE OF EDUCATION, I HAVE PICKED UP FROM
TIME TO TIME, UNDER THE PRESSURE
OF NECESSITY.

A. LINCOLN



THOMAS LINCOLN

January 30, 1770 January 17, 1851

FIFTH IN DESCENT FROM SAMUEL LINCOLN, WEAVER,
WHO LANDED AT HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, MAY 26,
1637. ORPHANED AT SIX YEARS OF AGE BY AN INDIAN
BULLET HE GREW UP HOMELESS IN THE WILD WOODS
OF KENTUCKY. AT TWENTY-FIVE HE WAS THE
POSSESSOR OF THIS CABIN HOME AND ITS
NEIGHBORING ACRES. IN 1818 HE MOVED TO INDIANA,
THEN A TERRITORY, FIVE YEARS LATER HE FOLLOWED
THE TIDE OF IMMIGRATION TO ILLINOIS, WHERE HE
LIVED A PEACEFUL, INDUSTRIOUS, RESPECTED
CITIZEN, A GENERAL, HONEST AND CONTENTED
PIONEER. WITH COURAGE AND ENERGY HE BUILT
WITH HIS OWN HAND FIVE HOMES, EACH BETTER
THAN THE PRECEEDING ONE, HE WON AND HELD
THE LOVE AND CONFIDENCE OF TWO NOBLE WOMEN
AND HE WAS THE FATHER OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
"MY FATHER INSISTED THAT NONE OF HIS CHILDREN
SHOULD SUFFER FOR THE WANT OF EDUCATION AS HE
HAD." ABRAHAM LINCOLN

"HE WAS A GOOD CARPENTER FOR THE TIMES.
HE HAD THE BEST SET OF TOOLS IN WASHINGTON
COUNTY. THE LINCOLNS HAD A COW AND A CALF,
MILK AND BUTTER, A GOOD FEATHER BED— FOR I HAVE
SLEPT ON IT, THEY HAD A HOME-WOVEN 'KIVERLID,'
BIG AND LITTLE POTS, A LOOM AND WHEEL.
TOM LINCOLN WAS A MAN AND TOOK CARE OF HIS
WIFE. REVEREND JESSE HEAD, THE MINISTER
WHO MAFRIED TOM LINCOLN AND NANCY HANKS,
TALKED BOLDLY AGAINST SLAVERY AND TOM AND
NANCY LINCOLN AND SARAH BUSH WERE JUST
STEEPED FULL OF JESSE HEAD'S NOTIONS
ABOUT THE WRONGS OF SLAVERY AND THE RIGHTS
OF MAN AS EXPLAINED BY THOMAS JEFFERSON AND
THOMAS PAINE."

Professor T. C. Graham of Louisville, Kentucky



NANCY HANKS LINCOLN

February 4, 1784 October 5, 1818

BORN IN VIRGINIA; WHEN THREE YEARS OLD
HER PARENTS JOSEPH AND NANCY SHIPLEY
HANKS, CROSSED THE MOUNTAINS INTO
KENTUCKY. ORPHANED AT NINE SHE WAS ADOPTED
AND REARED BY RICHARD AND LUCY SHIPLEY
BERRY, AT WHOSE HOME IN BEECHLAND, WASH-
INGTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY, SHE WAS MARRIED TO
THOMAS LINCOLN, JUNE 17, 1806. OF THIS UNION
WERE BORN SARAH, ABRAHAM AND THOMAS. THE
FIRST MARRIED AARON GRIGSBY AND DIED IN
INDIANA IN 1828. THE LAST DIED IN INFANCY. THE
SECOND LIVED TO WRITE THE EMANCIPATION
PROCLAMATION. THE DAYS OF THE DISTAFF, THE
SKILLETT, THE DUTCH OVEN, THE OPEN FIREPLACE
WITH ITS IRON CRANE ARE NO LONGER, BUT
HOMEMAKING IS STILL THE FINEST OF THE FINE
ARTS. NANCY HANKS WAS TOUCHED WITH THE
DIVINE APTITUDES OF THE FIRESIDE. LOVE AND
HONORED FOR HER WIT, GENIALITY AND INTELLIGENCE,
SHE JUSTIFIED AN ANCESTRY REACHING BEYOND
THE SEAS, REPRESENTED BY THE NOTABLE NAMES
OF HANKS, SHIPLEY, BOONE, EVANS AND MORRIS. TO HER
WAS ENTRUSTED THE TASK OF TRAINING A GIANT, IN
WHOSE CHILDHOOD MEMORIES SHE WAS HALLOWED.
OF HER HE SAID, "MY EARLIEST RECOLLECTIONS OF MY
MOTHER IS SITTING AT HER FEET WITH MY SISTER DRINK-
ING IN THE TALES AND LEGENDS THAT WERE READ AND
RELATED TO US." TO HIM ON HER DEATH BED SHE
SAID: 'I AM GOING AWAY FROM YOU ABRAHAM, AND
I SHALL NOT RETURN. I KNOW YOU WILL BE A GOOD BOY,
THAT YOU WILL BE KIND TO SARAH AND YOUR FATHER.
I WANT YOU TO LIVE AS I HAVE TAUGHT YOU TO AND TO
LOVE YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER.' ''ALL THAT I AM OR
HOPE TO BE I OWE TO MY DARLING MOTHER."



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