Lincoln Farm Association

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National association, headquartered in New York, formed in an effort to preserve the farm where Abraham Lincoln was born.

From the description of Records, 1906, 1908. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 52459511

The Lincoln Farm Association was founded in 1906 to preserve the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln in Kentucky.

From the description of Membership certificate, February 9, 1909. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 747103203

Historical note: The cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born was located on what once was part of the 348 acre Sinking Spring Farm in Hardin County (now Larue County), Kentucky owned by his father, Thomas Lincoln. The cabin was purchased by New York businessperson, A. W. Dennett, and moved to the initial site of the Sinking Spring Farm in 1894. Later, the cabin was dismantled, rebuilt and moved by railway as a touring exhibition.

A number of people, including Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Ida M. Tarbell, Richard Lloyd Jones, and Robert Collier, became interested in preserving Lincoln's birthplace and, along with others, organized the Lincoln Farm Association. The association bought the farm in 1905, purchased the cabin the following year, and raised money for a memorial building, designed by John Russell Pope, to house the cabin. The cornerstone was laid in 1909 by President Theodore Roosevelt and the finished memorial was dedicated by President William Howard Taft in 1911. The memorial became a national park in 1916 and a national historic site in 1959.

From the description of Correspondence, 1906-1909. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 191915637

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf [Minor publications]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Coit, Charles Henry, b.1856. Charles Coit papers, 1847-1925. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Lincoln Farm Association. Records, 1906, 1908. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Storrs, Willis P., b. 1840. Membership certificate, 1907 June 14. Lake County Historical Society
referencedIn Warren, Charles Aldrich, 1846-1923. Charles A. Warren papers, 1909 Jan. 23 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Powel, Howard M., 1839-1917. Papers, July 1907, February 1909. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn United States. National Park Service. Abraham Lincoln National Historical Park (Ky.) miscellaneous pamplets. Chicago History Museum
creatorOf Lincoln Farm Association. Correspondence, 1906-1909. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
referencedIn James M. Bowler and Family Papers, 1827-1976. Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn Lincoln Farm Association scrapbooks, [ca. 1906]. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
referencedIn Wendell, Adelbert C., b. 1848. Abraham Lincoln scrapbook, 1865-1916. Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
creatorOf Lincoln Farm Association. Membership certificate, February 9, 1909. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Bowler, James Madison, 1838?-1916. James M. Bowler and family papers, 1827-1976. Minnesota Historical Society Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Place Name Admin Code Country
Kentucky--Larue County
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Site (Ky.)
Sinking Spring Farm (Hardin County, Ky.)
Historic preservation
Historic sites
National parks and reserves

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Active 1906

Active 1908



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