exterior-of-building-smallOpen House

Each year, the Abraham Lincoln Foundation opens the doors of the Union League to the public for the itsOpen House. Guests have the opportunity to tour the League house and experience a gem of Philadelphia history and architecture. Led by Union League docents, the tours include the wonderful art collection which has masterpieces by artists such as Thomas Sully, John Naegle, Xanthus Smith and Rembrandt Peale, as well as many of the other 300 paintings and sculptures that grace the halls. Living historians portray important Civil War-era figures such as Clara Barton; Morton McMichael, Philadelphia post-war mayor and founding member of the League; and Harriet Tubman.

The 2018 Open House will be the first or second Saturday in February,  running from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The event is open to the public, and free of charge. Guests should enter via the 15th Street entrance, at 15th and Sansom Streets. For more information, please contact

lincoln award 2013 rev-1. dr. allen guelzo-0819Lincoln Day

The Abraham Lincoln Foundation proudly presents this annual event to celebrate the birthday of our 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln Day is a day-long celebration.  Morning highlights include a presentation of the Gettysburg Address, followed by a luncheon program and keynote speaker. The festivities conclude with a parade to Independence Hall, complete with 21-gun salute, Civil War re-enactors and a fife and drum corps. The event is held in mid-February each year, as close to February 12 as possible – 2018 is set for Monday, February 12!.

For more information on the event, to find details to attend or even to sponsor the day, contact

Hans HansThe Howard S. Mitnick Memorial Lecture

The Howard S. Mitnick Memorial Lecture is an annual speaker program named in memory of Abraham Lincoln Foundation trustee Howard S. Mitnick.  These lectures allow speakers to present on a variety of topics, including free enterprise, democracy and the United States Constitution. Lectures typically occur in the spring and are open to the public, free of charge. For more information, please contact the Foundations, 215.587.5596 or

Liberty Series

The collective mission of the Foundations of the Union League is to promote the understanding of our nation’s history, especially as it relates to the American Civil War, and to promote good citizenship among young student leaders, League members and others.  Accordingly, the Foundations have launched a new initiative on constitutional education. The Liberty Program is a key component of this new initiative. The program has two distinct platforms, Liberty Weekend and Liberty Series. The Weekend was developed by the Scholarship and Youth Work Foundations for Union League Good Citizenship Award recipients. Students spend a weekend at the Union League, to explore political and economic ideas with scholars, students and League leaders. The Abraham Lincoln Foundation presents The Liberty Series, a five-part lecture series that features internationally-known scholars, policy makers and thought-leaders. 

Thank you for all who joined for the 2016-17 Liberty Series!
Stay tuned for the release of next season’s line-up.