Center co-sponsors documentary on Lincoln’s deep ties to Kentucky

(Jan. 26, 2016) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The McConnell Center is one of several sponsors of the film, produced by Witnessing History, LLC.
Center co-sponsors documentary on Lincoln’s deep ties to Kentucky

Abraham Lincoln was born, famously, Feb. 12, 1809, in a log cabin new present-day Hodgenville, Ky. But the Lincoln family ties began in 1781 when Lincoln’s paternal grandfather settled in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

The documentary, “‘I remember the old home very well’: The Lincolns of Kentucky,” explores the Lincoln family legacy in Kentucky and airs Feb. 15 at 9/8 p.m. on KET and Feb. 28 at 10/9 p.m. on KET2. The film is co-sponsored by the McConnell Center.

Beginning with Capt. Abraham Lincoln’s settlement in Kentucky and exploring the 34 years his son, Thomas, spent in Kentucky, including Abraham’s birth and young boyhood, the film features extensive archival research and live action reenactments that molded the boy who would become the 16th President of the United States.

The film is produced and directed by Witnessing History, LLC’s Kent Masterson Brown, who also created “Daniel Boone and the Opening of the American West,” a documentary that the McConnell Center co-sponsored last year.

“Much of the Lincolns’ married lives were spent fighting to hold on to their lands in Kentucky. They lived in simple one-room cabins,” said Brown. “Yet through their travails, Thomas and Nancy raised young Abraham Lincoln with a strong sense of integrity and industry, as well as a pride in the fact that he was first and foremost a Kentuckian, an identity about which he never failed to remind everyone he knew throughout his life.”

Scheduled KET broadcast dates can be viewed here.