Posted By Bill Payer on Feb 14, 2023 | 0 comments

Monday, February 20, is 2023’s official Presdents Day….a celebration Congress dictated back in 1968 as several traditional holidays were moved to Mondays to create more 3 day weekends. Really.

In this case it’s also a catchall for the birthdays of George Washington (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12). Surprisingly, not every state recognizes Presidents day. Nine states don’t observe the holiday at all. You won’t find the February long weekend in Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Rhode Island or Wisconsin.

OK…enough trivia. How much do you know about Washington, Lincoln and other Presidents? There’s a handy selection of resources from the Gilder Lehrman Institute. 

Spotlights on Primary Sources

Gilder Lehrman curators explain and explore documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

Online Exhibitions

Inside the Vault Videos

Inside the Vault: Highlights from the Gilder Lehrman Collection is a free monthly online program that highlights unique primary sources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, led by Institute curators and special guest historians. The Inside the Vault archive is rich with past programs centered on American presidents. Enjoy these classroom-friendly explorations, all whose pages include additional resources for study:

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