The Association of Lincoln Presenters
2021 Conference Information
April 16-18, 2021
Our 2021 conference will be held April 16-18 in Leavenworth, Kansas, the farthest point west that Abraham Lincoln ever traveled in this country. We will be staying at the Home2Suites adjoining the downtown shopping district, where we will have a $119 rate. There are initial plans for a social gathering Thursday night with a welcome and introductory information of the area. On Friday we will board buses for a short trip to the University of St. Mary, where we will be able to see their collection of Lincoln items, which includes an original copy of the 13th amendment. In the afternoon we will hear from a variety of speakers and presenters regarding events in the area during the time of Lincoln’s visit. We return to the hotel for a time to rest or to stroll the nearby shopping and historical district. Our evening meal will be at the nearby Riverfront Center, a beautiful train station that now functions as the community center. There we plan to hear of Lincoln’s trip to Kansas.
Saturday we will board buses for a 45-minute ride to Lecompton, stopping at Constitution Hall, where the Lecompton Constitution, championed by President Buchanan but opposed by Stephen Douglas, was drafted. We then will go to the nearby museum to hear from the Lecompton Presenters, who will tell us more of that time. Then it is on to Lawrence, to hear from John Brown, and more of the Bleeding Kansas era. It will then be back to the hotel, and the evening meal and our annual Business Meeting, which will again be held at the Riverfront Center.
Sunday we will be attending church at an as-yet undecided place before departing the area.
There are a number of historical venues that you may like to visit on your way to or from Leavenworth. For those coming from the west, there is the Eisenhower Center in Abilene, Kansas, just off of I-70 which contains the boyhood home, Presidential Library and Museum, and burial site of our 34th President. Those coming from the east may like to stop in nearby Independence, Missouri, again, just off of I-70, at the Truman Presidential Library and home. If you will travel along I-40 as you work your way to Kansas, you may like to stop at Ft. Scott, in southeastern Kansas, as you work your way up to Leavenworth. It is a restored fort established in the early 1800‘s to try to keep peace between the Native inhabitants and white settlers.
In Kansas City, Missouri, there is also a WWI museum, and across the street the Arabia Museum, which has a fascinating display of items that were on a steamship that sunk in the Missouri River in 1856.
There is also an Amtrak station and the Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas, both of which are relatively close, but however you choose to travel we hope to see you in Leavenworth!