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Lincoln Events at the Allen County Public Library and Indiana State Museum

Divided We Fail

Presented by Mitch Daniels

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Allen County Public Library, Main Library Theater

Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University and governor of Indiana from 2004 to 2012, will be the featured speaker at the 6th annual Rolland Lecture. The lecture will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in the theater of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. Titled "Divided We Fail," the lecture will focus on the importance of civil discourse in the nation's polarized political climate. A reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Daniels, who wrote the best-selling book Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans, earned a bachelor's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1971 and a law degree from Georgetown University in 1979.

Daniels first became interested in public service while serving as chief of staff to Sen. Richard Lugar. He has also served as a senior advisor to President Ronald Reagan and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush. In addition to his public service, Daniels has held top management positions in business, including the Hudson Institute and Eli Lilly and Co. As governor, Daniels was instrumental in keeping the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection in the state of Indiana.

The Rolland Lecture Series was established by Ian and Mimi Rolland in 2012. The 2017 Rolland Lecture is sponsored by the Lupke Foundation.


The Search for Nancy Hanks: A Historical Wild Goose Chase, Mitochondrial DNA, and the Maternal Ancestry of Nancy Hanks Lincoln

Presented by Richard Hileman

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A

Richard Hileman, one of the author/researchers of The Nancy Hanks Lincoln mtDNA Study, will present the final program in the Lincoln at the Library series for 2017 on Sunday, October 22, at 2 p.m., in Meeting Room A of the Main Allen County Public Library. Hileman's presentation is titled "The Search for Nancy Hanks: A Historical Wild Goose Chase, Mitochondrial DNA, and the Maternal Ancestry of Nancy Hanks Lincoln." Abraham Lincoln was conspicuously silent about the family of his mother, Nancy Hanks. From 1900 into the 1950s, her ancestry was the subject of intense interest and was hotly contested. In 1909, false names for her parents were carved into the granite of the Lincoln Birthplace Memorial. The most recent biographies of Lincoln still give mistaken accounts of her ancestry. The Nancy Hanks Lincoln mtDNA Study, which was published in 2015 at,  and new historical evidence reveal the surprising truth Lincoln concealed about his mother's family and ancestry.

Hileman is a retired trial lawyer and a long-time avocational genealogist. Since 1980 he has read everything he could find on the maternal ancestry of Nancy Hanks Lincoln, including research in the papers of Caroline Hanks Hitchcock and Louis Warren at the Allen County Public Library, the papers of William Barton at the University of Chicago, and the papers of Arthur E. Morgan at the Library of Congress. His participation in the Nancy Hanks Lincoln mtDNA Study is the culmination of that research.

The Lincoln at the Library program series presents lectures each year on topics related to Abraham Lincoln and his times. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library. Each program includes an exhibit of related items from the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection housed at the Library.

For more information about any upcoming events, contact us.

To view a comprehensive list of Lincoln-related events happening across the country, visit the Events Calendar on the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation website.