Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

A group of students with audiovisual equipment record a person speaking.

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Description of the video:

[Video: Slow, sad music plays]

[Video: The outside of a log cabin]

[Video: Words appear: Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Lincoln City, Indiana]

[Video: Women dressed in 1800s-style clothing stand in the log cabin, surrounding a bed where a woman lays]

Narrator speaks: Imagine: you're 9 years old living in a one-room log cabin as a pioneer, and your mother is sick with no hospitals, no medicine and no doctors.

[Video: The ill woman has a cloth pressed against her forehead]

Narrator speaks: It was Oct. 5, 1818, in southern Indiana.

[Video: A young boy pets a horse]

Narrator speaks: Abraham Lincoln was merely 9 years old when his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died.

[Video: A park ranger sits in a large room. Words appear: Mike Capps, Chief of Interpretation.]

Mike speaks: When his mother got sick, he was there in the cabin. When his mother died, she was there in the cabin right in the midst in the center of the home.

[Video: A mean leads two horses, pulling a wagon. Others follow behind the wagon]

Mike speaks: Undoubtedly a traumatic experience both for him and for his sister.

Ranger speaks: What I want you to try to do today is to put yourself in his place

[Video: The outside of a log cabin. The camera pans to show men and women sitting in a circle]

Ranger speaks: and try to imagine what that experience must have been like.

Narrator speaks: There were constant outbreaks of disease during this time period.

[Video: Men lift a wooden casket and carry it outdoors]

Narrator speaks: Oftentimes, people had no idea why they were sick.

[Video: A portrait of Nancy Lincoln]

Narrator speaks: For Nancy Hanks Lincoln, we know now that she died because of

[Video: A bouquet of the white snakeroot flower]

Narrator speaks: this flower. It's called the white snakeroot.

[Video: A cow walks]

Narrator speaks: When eaten by cows, the poison from the flowers goes into their milk

[Video: The headstone of Nancy Hanks Lincoln’s grave]

Narrator speaks: causing the deadly milk sickness.

[Video: Women pass a bowl of water around a bedside]

Mike speaks: Milk sickness was feared only second to cholera.

[Video: An ill woman lies in her bed]

Mike speaks: There are some instances where almost entire communities

[Video: Men tend to horses]

Mike speaks: were wiped out by these outbreaks of milk sickness.

[Video: A man sands a wooden board]

Mike speaks: She knew she was going to die

[Video: A small drawing of Mary Hanks Lincoln hangs on a wooden wreath]


Mike speaks: and called up the children to her dying side

[Video: A bouquet of flowers in a what vase in front of an open window]

Mike speaks: and told them to be good and kind to their father

[Video: Three young girls stand in a doorway]

Mike speaks: and to one another and to the world.

[Video: A young boy pays with a stick]

Narrator speaks: As just a boy,

[Video: Men building a wooden coffin]

Narrator speaks: Abraham Lincoln had to help build his mother's coffin.

[Video: The thud of a hammer]

Mike speaks: The experience of death was an extremely

[Video: Men carry a coffin into a log house]

Mike speaks:  important part of life for the pioneers,

[Video: Men and women follow a wagon carrying a coffin]

Mike speaks: I mean they lived with it on a much more intimate level than we do today.
You really couldn't escape it.

[Video: Screen fades to black]

[Video: Words appear: Death in a One Room Log Cabin. A program by the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial on the 200th anniversary of Nancy Hanks Lincoln’s death.]

[Video: Maria Snider stands in front of log cabins]

[Video: Words appear: Maria Snider, Lincoln City resident]

Maria speaks: What I liked about this program was the, the sense of realism, like they take something that we don't see very often,

[Video: Attendees walk out of the log cabin]

Maria speaks: and we take to heart, and they showed how it's done in a different time period, and it's just a little bit more real than just reading about it in a book.

[Video: A man uses the shaving horse to carve wood]

[Video: Attendees follow behind two park rangers]

Narrator speaks: The program was meant to show what life was like for the Pioneers.

[Video: Attendees listen to park rangers]

[Video: Maria Snider stands in front of log cabins]

Maria speaks: Something like this will actually create a tangible memory — one that they can feel and touch

[Video: Attendees watch as actors carry a wooden coffin]

 Maria speaks: and have emotions attached with it, and that will stay

[Video: Attendees walk through the room that the wooden coffin was built in]

Maria speaks: in a person's memory and that will stay in their brain for years.

[Video: Black and white photographs of Abraham Lincoln throughout his lifetime]

Narrator speaks: It's important to understand this part of Lincoln's history and what it was like when he called Indiana his home.

[Video: Mike Capps, Chief of Interpretation, sits in a large room]

Mike speaks: Especially as we get older, I think we can look back at certain things

[Video: A stone carving of seven people under “Indiana 1816 1830”]

Mike speaks: and we can say

[Video: A sign that reads “Abraham Lincoln Hall]

Mike speaks: 'well you know, I believe this or I think this way

[Video: Mike Capps, Chief of Interpretation, sits in a large room]

Mike speaks: because of something I learned when I was this age,' and so

[Video: A drawing of Abraham Lincoln chopping wood]

Mike speaks:  if you can get people to understand that Lincoln went through that same kind of a thing,

[Video: Portraits of Lincoln and Andrew Johnson]

Mike speaks: I think it does humanize him a bit.

I think it makes him a little easier to understand.

[Video: The outside of a log cabin]

Mike speaks: It brings that iconic figure down to a, to a more realistic level.

[Video: Nancy Lincoln’s headstone]

[Video: Words appear: All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. – Abraham Lincoln]

[Video: Screen fades to black, then to white]

[Video: Words appear: This project was produced by students from The Media School at Indiana University during an Alternative Fall Break program, in collaboration with the staff at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Student producers: Abigail Billing, Spencer Bowman, Logan Ferise, AJ Salisbury, Helena Shu, Karli VanCleave. Special thanks to Park Rangers Mike Capps and Paula Alexander.]

[Video: The Media School logo]

[Video: The National Park Service logo]