Upcoming Events

Lincoln Shrine Open House Sunday, February 10!!

For the 41st consecutive year the Lincoln Memorial Shrine will host a special open house/Lincoln’s birthday celebration on Sunday, February 10 between noon and 3 PM. The highlight of the day will be the unveiling of the new 1863: The Turning Point exhibit, part of the Shrine’s ongoing commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Included in the exhibit will be two manuscripts signed by Lincoln dealing with two major events of the year. The first is the Conscription Act which led to New York City draft riots and the second is the Shrine’s little-known third copy of the famous Lincoln letter to James Conkling defending and explaining the Emancipation Proclamation. The decisive battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg as well as other significant events of that crucial year will be covered with manuscripts, artifacts and artwork. Once again we will be pleased to welcome Bill Bell and his quartet of Civil War musicians along with Abraham Lincoln presenter Robert Broski. Punch and cookies will be served and Shrine staff will be on hand for brief historical vignettes.

81st Annual Watchorn Lincoln Dinner Tuesday, February 12

Lincoln summoned Grant to Washington in 1864 to take over command of all the Union armies. Although they had not met prior to that time, the two men quickly formed a close partnership that led directly to final victory in 1865. Both were men of what was then known as the West (today’s Midwest), distant from the eastern corridors of power. Both had experienced hardship and failure. The nature of this crucial partnership will be the subject when Dr. John Marszalek, Executive Director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association, speaks at the 81st annual Watchorn Lincoln Dinner, held at the University of Redlands Orton Center on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

A tradition begun by Shrine founder Robert Watchorn and his wife Alma in 1932, the Watchorn Lincoln dinner will take place at 6:30 pm at the University of Redlands Orton Center, preceded by a 5:45 pm reception reception. In addition to Dr. Marszalek’s presentation, the evening will include a medley of Civil War songs sung by the 40-strong Redlands Community Chorus, as well as brief remarks from local dignitaries and Shrine officials. Reservations for the evening cost $42 for Lincoln Memorial Association members and $50 for the general public. Please contact the Heritage Room at 909-798-7632 or by e-mail at to make your reservation.


Inland Empire Civil War Round Table

Would you like to learn more about the Civil War? Do you enjoy discussing new books, findings and preservation of Civil War battlefields? Come join the Inland Empire Civil War Round table. For more information visit our page or call 909-798-7632.

  • The Lincoln Memorial Shrine is a unit of the Special Collections Division of A.K. Smiley Public Library. The Watchorn Lincoln Memorial Association, a 501 (c)3 tax deductible organization oversees the WLMA endowment.