About the project
On March 3, 1860, Abraham Lincoln -- having just given an electrifying anti-slavery speech at Cooper Union in New York City -- arrived in Exeter, New Hampshire, to visit his son, Robert, a student at Phillips Exeter Academy. After speaking to ever-larger, quickly assembled crowds of New Hampshire citizens in Manchester, Concord, Dover, and Exeter, Lincoln went on to accept his party's nomination for President in May of that year, and then to the White House. These are the compelling reasons for a proper and effective sesquicentennial observance of Abraham Lincoln in Exeter, New Hampshire in March 2010 as a culminating event in the year long bicentennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln's begun with the 200th anniversary of his birth in February, 2009, and one that looks forward to the upcoming sesquicentennial occasions commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War beginning in 2011.
In response to a demonstrated interest on the part of the public, and with a desire to fulfill the Society's mission of educating the public about Exeter's history, the Exeter Historical Society and Exeter High School will work in collaboration on the creation of the online resource. High school students will develop the website with the continual guidance of an Exeter Historical Society staff member. The high school students will regularly visit the Exeter Historical Society, being trained and mentored in research methods and historical interpretation in the process. This will directly involve a core group of high school students in the development of an aspect of the EHS website, thus enhancing their social studies experiential learning by engaging them in the process of finding and disseminating historical information.
The Exeter Historical Society has many partners on this project, including SAU16, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce, Exeter Arts Committee, Exeter Public Library, Town of Exeter, NH Historical Society, American Independence Museum, Congregational Church in Exeter, William Robinson Fund, NH Humanities Council, Infinite Imaging of Exeter & Portsmouth, Inn by the Bandstand, Exeter Hospital, ECM Designs, Exeter Inn, Jamie Gowing Cabinetry, The Provident Bank, RiverWoods and Water Street Bookstore.