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"Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it."
- Letter to Henry L Pierce and others
  (6 April 1859)
Mount Rushmore
Lincoln's likeness     
on Mount Rushmore     

Have you ever wanted to meet one of the Smithsonian’s curators? Or wished you could ask a question of one of our researchers? Starting in February the Smithsonian will launch a series of three Online Education Conferences that will let you do just that. In each online conference, you’ll be able to interact with Smithsonian experts in subject areas that interest you. Each conference will have a single theme or topic explored through the lens of several different disciplines by Smithsonian curators. And to help you connect the theme or topic to your own teaching, Smithsonian educators and researchers will demonstrate how you can use the ideas and resources presented during the conference in your own classroom and curriculum.

The Smithsonian is honoring Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial with special exhibitions and programs, and you will be able to participate in the national celebration through the first Smithsonian Online Education Conference: Abraham Lincoln. Throughout the days of February 4 and 5, 2009, you’ll explore Smithsonian research and collections related to Lincoln’s life – everything from portraits and diaries to documents and historical artifacts. Alongside Smithsonian curators, you’ll look at Lincoln’s life and legacy from the perspectives of history, science, and art.

New to virtual conferencing? A virtual conference is similar to other professional conferences you may have attended, only this one is accessible to you wherever you are, and registration is free and open to everyone. And since we know your days are busy and the conference schedule might not fit yours, all of the conference sessions will be recorded and archived, so you can replay them at any time.

"I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views."
- Letter to Horace Greeley
  (22 August 1862)
2002 Penny Proof
Proof-quality Lincoln penny     
with cameo effect, obverse