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LSUS is Home to the First Pioneer Educational Center in Louisiana

November 06, 2017

International Lincoln Center for American Studies
by Meghen Jones

Established in 1982, the International Lincoln Center for American Studies became the only center on campus that offers education about former president Abraham Lincoln. It serves as the largest privately endowed program at LSUS, and is one of few Lincoln Centers that exist in the United States.

“Our International Abraham Lincoln Center is the only one of its kind. There are other centers, but we’re the only one that focuses on Lincoln’s legacy outside of the United States,” said Dr. William D. Pederson, professor of political science and American Studies endowed chair and director.

Each year there are several events hosted throughout the year in honor of our American heritage and Lincoln. These events include the Presidential Conference series, the Frank and Virginia Williams Lincoln lecture, Washington Semester and other events. Having the center on campus serves as an educational benefit to students. Whether you want to focus on a research project or explore information about Lincoln, the center is the place for you. It provides visitors with many options of books to choose from, photos, and various documents.

“It gives students a chance to do serious research and present their research at professional conferences,” said Pederson. In addition to its educational value the center has received multiple grants from Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Phi Kappa Phi, the Abraham Lincoln Association, and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Also, the International Lincoln Center has received recognition through national, regional, state and local level awards.

Not only does LSUS have the opportunity to learn about Lincoln, but anyone in the community is welcome to visit the center as well. People from all over the country take interest in visiting the International Abraham Lincoln Center. There is even a small section for children to sit and learn about Lincoln. To learn more, you can visit the International Lincoln Center for American Studies in room 323 located in Bronson Hall.

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