More educators help guide LAMP education outreach

Photos: Isaias Torres, Patricia Gonzalez, Jorge Haynes

A major goal of the Lincoln and Mexico Project (LAMP) is helping educators facilitate discussions about the history of relations between the USA and Mexico. To achieve this, LAMP offers supplemental classroom materials to high schools, colleges, and universities based on the book Abraham Lincoln and Mexico by historian/ educator Michael Hogan.

We’re delighted that current and retired educators from all three levels are helping guide our education effort as members of the LAMP International Advisory Council. And we’re proud to profile three of them in this blogpost.

Isaias Torres has taught United States history for eight years. After graduating Rice University with a double major in History and Religious Studies, Isaias worked in the Houston public school system for four years. He also completed his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston. While teaching and studying in Houston, Isaias completed an in-depth study of westward settlement as part of the Teaching American History grant from the Department of Education. Isaias has taught abroad at the American Overseas School of Rome and the American School of Guadalajara. In both institutions, he has had great success with his AP US History students. After years of teaching US history, Isaias continues to enjoy the challenge of teaching students to understand the nuance of history as well as learn about social justice matters.

One of eleven children, Patricia Gonzalez was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico up to the age of seven. As Director of the Inclusion & Dialogue Center at Emory and Henry College, Patricia helps students find a voice and also helps them gain a sense of belonging in the EHC community. Most recently, Patricia graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a Master of Arts in Higher and Postsecondary Education and Administration. Her interest in education began when she realized that her high school along with other public schools in South Los Angeles needed to become better and safer environments for students to study and live in. Her passion for education furthered developed when she served as a Servant Leader Intern (teacher) to middle school students in South LA with CDF Freedom Schools in 2012.

Jorge Haynes is a retired Senior Director for External Relations in the California State University Chancellor’s Office at Long Beach, which oversees the nation’s largest public university system with 23 campuses and a 2016 enrollment of 478,638 students. He’s still active as a board member of two other education entities in California, including the Families in Schools organization based in Los Angeles. A native of Laredo, Texas, now retired to his home state, he’s agreed to help LAMP connect with education and civic leaders from California across the Southwest to Texas. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and Government from CSU-Sacramento.

If you’re an educator interested examining the classroom materials without obligation, just send a request to and we’ll send you a complimentary package that includes the eBook version of Abraham Lincoln and Mexico, the script for a three-act play based on the book, and a complete set of lesson plans to guide discussions of the book and the play. And if you know other educators who might be interested, we hope you’ll alert them to this offer. Thank you.



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Slideshow: Welcoming group at Museo Casa Juárez, arrival interview, with Mexican flag display, signing autographs, dinner with Chihuahua mayor, group interview and discussion, site visits, departure group.

Three days of successful events by the Lincoln and Mexico Project (LAMP) in northern Mexico February 22-25 increased awareness of Abraham Lincoln’s legacy of support for Mexico as congressman and as president, and strengthened ties between the two countries.

During the events, historian and educator Michael Hogan presented the Spanish version of his book Abraham Lincoln and Mexico and discussed the book speaking in Spanish. He was interviewed in Spanish by state television hosts and on national radio. In addition, his book was presented in the State Legislative building and each of the state representatives bought a copy.

Accompanied by Cindy Medina, LAMP senior PR representative from Austin, Texas, and well-known photographer Javier Hernández, Dr. Hogan also presented his work at the Museo Casa Juárez, the exile home of the Mexican president during the regime of French puppet Emperor Maximilian. That evening, Hogan met with the mayor of Chihuahua, Maria Eugenia Campos Galvan, at a local restaurant.

The following day, he gave a one-hour lecture at the Archives de Poder Judicial Federal de Chihuahua (State Legislature Archive Building) to a group of professors, archivists, and the public followed by a book signing and discussion that last more than two hours. On the weekend, Hogan met with the head of tourism in Sauz, visited the Apache Museum, and the site of the Battle of the Sacramento River, accompanied by Ms. Medina, Mr. Hernández and his daughter Anapaula.

Before leaving on Sunday for his return to Guadalajara, he presented his work to the local Mason Lodge in Chihuahua. Benito Juárez was himself a Mason, as were many of the Liberal leaders of Mexico who fought gallantly against the French occupation and were assisted in that effort by the moral support of Abraham Lincoln and the financial support of New York bankers who purchased Mexican bonds to offset the cost of the struggle.

The visit was approved by Mr. Raul Manriquez, director of the Secretaria of Cultura of  Chihuahua, as well as Mr. Edgar Trevizo, leader in the Department of la Secretaria. Mr. Carlos Mendez Villa, leading Cultural Archivist who has been an early LAMP supporter in Chihuahua, presented the trip concept to both Mr. Manriquez and Mr. Trevizo and got it approved.

Great thanks to Mr. Edelmiro Ponce de Leon, director of Museo Casa Juarez, for the great invitation to the Museo along with a personal tour, and who participated in many of the news media interviews. During the trip, Hogan also met with Philip Stover, a retired deputy superintendent of the San Diego public school system who is a historian and now lives in the the state of Chihuahua, and who participated in some interviews and events.

You can see a video of one interview and discussion in Spanish by clicking here And you can see more photos by visiting the Facebook page for the book at

By the way, the book is available in Spanish on Amazon, and also available in English on Amazon, along with an English version audiobook.