George L Painter Looking for Lincoln Lectures
Every year, on the morning of Lincoln's birthday, February, 12, Lincoln Home National Historic Site partners with the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, in presenting the George L. Painter Looking for Lincoln Lectures. The goal of the lecture program is to provide information on the rich Lincoln heritage that can be found within the communities throughout the 42 county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage area. Together, Lincoln Home NHS and "Looking for Lincoln" will present stories that focus on the central Illinois communities that Lincoln impacted or that impacted Lincoln.
This annual event is named for its founder, the late Lincoln Home historian George Painter who founded this lecture series, The Lincoln Heritage Lectures, in 1986. The lectures were renamed in honor of George following his untimely death in late 1995.
Since 2010, presentations have included:
We invite you to join us for the next George L. Painter Looking for Lincoln Lectures which will take place on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center, 426 South Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois. The Visitor Center will open one half hour early, at 8:00 a.m.
The theme for 2014 lectures is "Knowledge is the Key to Freedom" with the focus of the presentations being the efforts of African Americans to achieve an education. This year's presentations will include: "Excavations at the Jameson Jenkins Lot" by Dennis Naglich, archeologist with the Illinois State Museum; "Searching for the Early Schools at New Philadelphia," presented by Claire Martin, Research Associate with the Illinois State Museum; and, "Springfield native Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald Schools," by Genevieve Kaplan, volunteer with Lincoln Home National Historic Site.
In addition to the lectures, artifacts from the Jenkins lot archeological excavation will be on display and a special exhibit will open on Julius Rosenwald, his years growing up in Springfield across the street from the Lincoln home, his time with Sears and Roebuck, and his later philanthropic efforts, including the famed "Rosenwald Schools."
The George L. Painter Looking for Lincoln Lectures is just one of many programs that take place throughout the day in Springfield every February 12. For more information on what is happening, visit the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau web site.
Click here to learn more about the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.
Did You Know?
Lincoln insisted on having the 1864 election in the midst of war. "You can not have free government without elections...if the rebellion could force us to forgo a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us." Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois