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The 2020 Lincoln at the Library schedule is full of interesting topics and stories about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. We hope you plan to join us. All presentations are at the Main Branch of the Allen County Public Library in Meeting Rooms A-B at 2pm. This series is generously provided for by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.
"Abraham Lincoln: Master of Language" presented by Sara Gabbard and Hon. William Lee
Sunday, March 8th
A presentation discussing Abraham Lincoln and his use and understanding of language in speeches and letters. Sara Gabbard is Executive Director of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection and a nationally recognized Lincoln scholar. In 2016 she received the Order of Lincoln Award, the state of Illinois' highest honor for professional achievement and public service. Hon. William C. Lee was Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana from 1997 to 2003.
"Abe's Youth: Shaping the Future President" presented by Bill Bartelt
Sunday, May 31st
In Bill Bartelt's new book, Abe's Youth, he delves into the childhood of Abraham Lincoln and it's influence on him as a leader and during times of trials and triumphs. Lincoln's time in Indiana was instrumental to shaping him into a leader. This journey into understanding Lincoln's childhood shows humble beginnings leading to a strong and focused leader. Bill Bartelt is a historian based out of Newburg, Indiana who focuses on Lincoln's time in the state. He has written and edited multiple books on Abraham Lincoln and he was awarded the
Indiana Historical Society's "Hoosier Historian" award in 2003.
"Lincoln and Elections" presented by Dr. Nicole Etcheson
Sunday, October 25th
Leading up to the 2020 election, the political atmosphere is incredibly divisive. Elections in the past weren't the same…or were they? Dr. Nicole Etcheson is the Alexander M. Bracken professor of history at Ball State University who will be looking at elections during Lincoln's time as well as some correlation to today's political environment. She is author of A Generation at War: The Civil War Era in a Northern Community (2011) as well as numerous other books and articles. She was most recently the DFH Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.
Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, Inc., has launched a new website serving as an additional gateway to the thousands of digitized Lincoln era letters, photographs, newspapers, books and other items from the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. In addition, it will soon post searchable archives from the more than 1900 issues of "Lincoln Lore," a nationally recognized magazine for scholarly articles, interviews, book reviews, and announcements of local and national Lincoln-related programs and events. The site will also offer other items of interest, including links to Collection items displayed in the Fine Book Room of the Allen County Public Library; online exhibits; dozens of viewable Lincoln presentations at the library; and educational support from resident Lincoln historians.Read More
View items from the collection, learn about Lincoln and his times, and connect with other Lincoln enthusiasts through the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection's social media pages on Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr. Just follow the links at the bottom of any page on the website!