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President's MessageSteve Wiley

What is your definition of leadership success? Is it reflected in your title or in your salary? Is it embodied by the posh corner office? Or is your definition of leadership success based on how you serve others? Forbes contributor Glenn Llopis suggests in this short piece that the leaders of today need to measure success by "the opportunities and advancements they create for others and not just themselves."

We think Llopis is dead on, and we like the parallels between his thoughts and the idea of servant leadership. (We encourage you to learn more about servant leadership.) Remember what we say here in Gettysburg, "It's not about you - it's about the mutineers!" Take a look at Llopis' article, and if you are so moved by these ideas, share with us your definition of leadership success. We'd love to hear from you!

This month's newsletter features information about the newly opened Center for Education and Leadership at Ford's Theatre - a place we can't wait to visit - and some recent events happening here in Gettysburg. Read on to learn more!


Steven B. Wiley, president & founder
The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg


Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership Opens in Washington, D.C.

Ford's Theatre Center for Education Opens

Photos: Maxwell MacKenzie, for the Ford's Theatre Society

A new visitor center and museum in Washington, D.C. is allowing the public to explore the lasting leadership legacy of Abraham Lincoln. On Feb. 19, the Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership opened across from Ford's Theatre and next to the house where Lincoln died after he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on April 15, 1865.

Inside the center, the museum contains a number of exhibits that enable visitors to better understand historical events that go beyond Lincoln's assassination, according to presidential historian and Lincoln scholar Richard Norton Smith. Highlights of the new facility include Lincoln-related artifacts, video presentations, a rotating exhibit space exploring enduring qualities of Lincoln's leadership and a distance-learning laboratory designed to bring the museum experience to classrooms across the country.

Lincoln book tower

One of the highlights of the facility is an Abraham Lincoln book tower that stands 34 feet tall and 8 feet around in the lobby. The book tower represents the extraordinary volume of 7,000 published books devoted to Lincoln, his life, legacy and leadership (see photo at right).

Read more about the Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership. If you're planning to tour the center, check out these videos featuring 3-D renderings of the museum space and interviews with the exhibit designer and curator of exhibitions.

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Gettysburg College Appoints Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee

Gettysburg College recently announced the appointment of an honorary committee organized exclusively for commemoration activities surrounding the American Civil War sesquicentennial (150th anniversary).

The 15-member committee includes renowned media personalities, Civil War historians, scholars and government officials such as Tom Brokaw, Ken Burns, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Gettysburg College professor emeritus and Civil War Institute founder Gabor Boritt.

A full list of the committee members is available on the Gettysburg College website. The College has also released a schedule of upcoming sesquicentennial commemoration activities taking place this spring and next fall on the campus.

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Pennsylvania State House Committee Mulls No-Casino Zone Near Gettysburg and Shanksville, PA.

The Pennsylvania State House Gaming Oversight Committee heard arguments last month concerning a bill that would prohibit the establishment of casinos within a 10-mile radius of Gettysburg National Military Park and the Flight 93 Memorial Park in Shanksville, Pa.

Rep. Paul Clymer, R-Bucks County, is the leading supporter for the bill. The Gaming Oversight Committee is expected to vote on the bill at a later date.

Read more about the bill on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website.

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Lincoln Returns to Gettysburg Square

Lincoln Statue Returns to Gettysburg

Lincoln Square just wouldn't be the same without the famous "Return Visit" Lincoln statue. The Lincoln statue stands next to a statue of a modern visitor/speech reader to Gettysburg. Both were removed recently for cleaning and repairs. Last month, the statues were returned to their place on the southeast quadrant of the town square next to the David Wills House.

The Lincoln and visitor/speech reader statues are the work of sculptor Seward Johnson and were installed in 1991. Take a peek at the refurbished statues here and online on our Facebook page.

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Virtual Birthday Cake and Card Signers Share Thoughts on Lincoln

Last month, we featured a virtual birthday cake and card on our website to commemorate Abraham Lincoln's 203rd birthday. Several folks shared their reflections about our 16th president.

Here are some of the messages we received:

  • "God bless Abraham Lincoln. You were the greatest president this country ever had. Thanks for one nation under God and the 13th Amendment." - Brian McGinley

  • "Happy Birthday Mr. President! To a man who helped shape the world as we know it. May we be so fortunate to see another President like you in our future." - Brian Bancroft, Kellogg Company

  • "Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln. Thank you for your service to our country. I wish you were here now. We desperately need you!" - Karen Campbell

  • "Happy Birthday Abe. Thanks for all that you did to keep the country whole." - Jim Collins

Thank you to everyone who took time to post a birthday greeting for Lincoln.

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Lincoln Leadership Institute's Faculty Focus

Kathy Hanson

The faculty of the Lincoln Leadership Institute are often asked to share their thoughts about Lincoln's acts of leadership, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War. In this issue, Lincoln Leadership Institute faculty member Katherine L. Hanson, Ed.D., explores the involvement of women during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Submitted by: Katherine L. Hanson, Ed.D.

Many courageous men fought during the ferocious three days of military action at Gettysburg in the summer of 1863, and many were wounded or killed in combat. However, it might surprise you to know that women also played a key role in that famous battle.

In fact, not only did local women serve as nurses and doctor's helpers, tending the casualties from both armies, but a few also managed to conceal their gender and fight alongside the men. In addition to the unfortunate death of civilian Jennie Wade, who was shot while making bread to distribute to Union soldiers, one unknown female Confederate soldier was killed in action at Cemetery Ridge during the famous assault known as Pickett's Charge.

There were a handful of other women who fought in various battles throughout the course of the Civil War, but they were among the few feminine participants. What a contrast to our current military units where women represent 20 percent of our armed forces, and where combat-related positions are becoming increasingly available to females.

When you consider these facts, the bravery of the women who served in every capacity at Gettysburg is particularly noteworthy.

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Lincoln's Acts of Leadership: March 1862

President Abraham Lincoln vowed to preserve the Union even if it meant war, and he did so by exerting his executive authority more than any other president in U.S. history. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we're presenting details of Lincoln's acts of leadership during each month the war raged on.

On March 31, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln exercises tactful leadership authority by writing to Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan regarding a recent military decision. "This morning I felt constrained to order [Gen. Louis] Blenker's Division to [Maj. Gen. John C.] Fremont; and I write this to assure you that I did so with great pain, understanding that you would wish it otherwise. If you could know the full pressure of the case, I am confident you would justify it - even beyond a mere acknowledgement that the Commander-in-chief, may order what he pleases."

Parting Thoughts...

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John F. Kennedy

Copyright 2012, The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg