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.
February 12, 2016 Program
We invite you to join us for the next George L. Painter Looking for Lincoln Lectures which will take place on Friday, February 12, 2016at 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.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site is pleased to present this annual lecture series in partnership with the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. Together, Lincoln Home NHS and "Looking for Lincoln" present stories that focus on the central Illinois communities that Lincoln impacted or that impacted Lincoln.
Bonnie E. Paull, a professor emeritus of English and the humanities, and Richard E. Hart, acclaimed local historian and preservationist, will discuss their new book Lincoln's Springfield Neighborhood. Bryon Andreasen, a historian at the LDS Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah and former research historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, will discuss his new books Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln's Springfield and Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln and Mormon Country.
In addition, Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the State Historic Sites at Springfield will launch the "Illinois Freedom Project" a multimedia web site that presents the inspiring story of the quest for freedom in Illinois from early French colonial slavery in the 1700s; through the end of the Illinois Black Codes in 1865; to the 1908 Springfield Race Riot; and through the 1920s and Chicago's famed Bronzeville.
Lastly, staff of Lincoln Home National Historic Site will provide a preview of the events and programs that will take place during the yearlong celebration of the 100 anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service in 1916.
In addition to the above mentioned authors, the following authors will also be at the Eastern National book store for a book signing opportunity: Michelle Hamilton, author of "I Would Still Be Drowned in Tears":Spiritualism in Abraham Lincoln's White House; Carla Mayernick, author of the children's book Where is Abe?;Glenna Schroeder-Lein, author of Lincoln and Medicine; and, Wayne C. Temple, author of Lincoln's Surgeons at His Assassination.
Since 2010, presentations have included:
"Diversity of Denominations: Faith Communities in Lincoln's Springfield"
"Reverse Engineering: The Strange Case of the Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park"
" 'An Object of Special Curiosity': The Illinois Statehouse in 1860"
" 'Courtesans, Prize Fighters, and Politics': Stories Behind the 'Looking for Lincoln' Wayside at Cook's Hall in Springfield"
"Lincoln and Pittsfield"
"Lincoln and Charleston"
"Springfield Illinois African American History Foundation"
"Woodlawn Tales: Dewitt County in the Civil War"
"Oglesby, Decatur, Lincoln and the Civil War: as Presented by Governor Richard J. Oglesby"
"Lincoln and Grierson: A President and a General, as Presented by General Benjamin H. Grierson"
"Journey to Greatness: Character Lessons from the Past"
"Lincoln's Trial and Tribulations: The Story of the 1847 Matson Slave Trial"
"Three Quincy Abolitionists who went to Prison in Missouri"
"Lincoln's Law Practice and Issues of Race"
"Excavations at the Jameson Jenkins Lot"
"Searching for the Early Schools at New Philadelphia"
"Springfield native Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald
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.