This Day in History — February 12

On February 12th, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks in a one-room log cabin on Sinking Springs Farm, in southeast Hardin County, Kentucky (now part of LaRue County), making him the first president born outside the original Thirteen Colonies.

As part of the nationwide celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial, the Lexington History Museum invites you to attend the exhibit opening of Window on the War at 6:00pm tonight for a special reception, featuring foods made by Mary Todd Lincoln while she was First Lady. If you are present between 6:00pm and 6:45pm, you may see one of the original volumes of the Peter Diary – something rarely seen outside the University of Kentucky Archives. Also, don’t miss the Special Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial “An Evening with Our History” presentation at 7:30 p.m. Learn about Mary Todd, “the Quintessential Hostess”, a special presentation by Donna McCreary, author of Lincoln’s Table: A President’s Culinary Journey from Cabin to Cosmopolitan and Fashionable First Lady: The Victorian Wardrobe of Mary Lincoln. abraham_lincoln_head_on_shoulders_photo_portrait

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