Lincoln Presidential Foundation’s “Warning Signs” Documentary Series Earns Prestigious Regional Emmy Nomination


CHICAGO, (August 15,  2023) - The Lincoln Presidential Foundation announced today that its first-ever multimedia project, the documentary film series Warning Signs: Lincoln's Response to Rising Tensions in the 1850's, has received a prestigious Regional Emmy nomination in the Informational Content category from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) -Mid-America chapter.

The project has already earned three national awards, including Gold and Silver Telly Awards and an Award of Distinction from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts in New York. The series’ Regional Emmy nomination is a testament to its outstanding quality and thought-provoking content. The winners of the Regional Emmy Awards will be unveiled during an eagerly anticipated in-person awards gala, scheduled to take place on September 30, where luminaries and creatives from the industry will gather to celebrate excellence.

The Warning Signs film series, nominated in the informational programming category, comprises four succinct yet impactful films, each spanning approximately seven minutes. The series features the vivid storytelling of a diverse group of experts who compare and contrast the historical and political contexts of the 1850s and the struggles, debates, and norms of today. At its core, the overarching theme of Warning Signs resonates deeply with the ongoing, and at times challenging, evolution of our nation’s journey toward an ever-elusive “more perfect union.”

Established in 1962, NATAS Mid-America is one of 19 regional chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, headquartered in New York City. The awards are intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence for those working in the television and digital media industry. By highlighting exemplary accomplishments across cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news, informational programming, and craft, these awards contribute significantly to the elevation of standards and the fostering of public awareness.

“The continued success of Warning Signs has been extremely gratifying,” said Erin Carlson Mast, CEO of the Lincoln Presidential Foundation. “We knew this was an important project, yet when we set out to produce this series with the support of Iron Mountain and with the expert team at The Storyteller Studios, we couldn’t have anticipated the volume of praise the series would receive. This regional Emmy nomination is a testament to the quality of storytelling and timeliness of our messages on Lincoln’s legacy.”

“The Lincoln Presidential Foundation has a history of delivering content that is educational and impactful," said Jennifer Grimaudo, Senior Director of Sustainability at Iron Mountain. "We are proud to have been able to support their exceptional storytelling as part of our mission to preserve and make accessible cultural heritage information."

About the Lincoln Presidential Foundation

Established in 2000, the Lincoln Presidential Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity headquartered in Illinois. The Foundation’s purpose is to support, sustain, and provide educational and public programming, research, and access to historic places and collections, related to the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, in cooperation with other entities. Its vision is the global protection and expansion of freedom and democracy inspired by the life and work of President Abraham Lincoln. Learn more at

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