George L Painter Looking for Lincoln Lectures

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Exhibits highlighting communities within the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area are part of the annual George L. Painter Looking for Lincoln Lectures.

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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.

 
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Audience enjoying the George L. Painter Looking for Lincoln Lectures in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center Theater.

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February 12, 2017 Program

Lincoln Home National Historic Site invites the public to attend the George L. Painter Looking for Lincoln Lectures on Sunday, February 12, 2017 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.

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.

Tom Martin, Chairman of the Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation in Mount Pulaski, Illinois, will present “Preserving the Mount Pulaski Courthouse.” Wayne C. Temple, retired Chief Deputy Director of the Illinois State Archives will give a presentation based upon his forthcoming book Lincoln's Springfield/Pittsfield Connection- A tale of two Cities (Mayhaven, 2017). Bill Thomas, Economic Development Director of Logan County, Illinois, will present “Uncovering Connections: the Story of the 1875 Grand Old Style Barbeque on the Grounds of the Atlanta Union Agricultural Society.”

In addition to the above mentioned presentations, the following authors will also be at the Eastern National book store for a book signing opportunity: Wayne C. Temple author of Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic To Prophet, By Square & Compass: Saga of the Lincoln Home, Lincoln's Surgeons at His Assassination, and Lincoln's Springfield/Pittsfield Connection- A tale of two Cities; Glen Aubrey, author of Lincoln, Leadership and Gettysburg, Lessons of War, Lincoln’s Leadership, and Lincoln’s Advice for America in the 21st Century—His Words Still Speak; and, Dan Van Haften, author of The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address and Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason.

 
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George L. Painter Looking for Lincoln Lectures speaker

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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"

"Bloomington's Lincoln"

"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
Schools"

"From the Prairie to the Presidency: The Music of Lincoln's Life"

"Louisa Hawes's Story: How Logan County Mourned a President and Friend"

"Lincoln's Springfield Neighborhood"

"Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln's Springfield"

"Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln and Morman Country"

"Things Will Get Better"

"Illinois Freedom Project"

 
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Book signings are a common occurrence at the George L. Painter Looking for Lincoln Lectures.

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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.

 
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