Events and Workshops
Lincoln Events at the Allen County Public Library and Indiana State Museum
"Lincoln, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising"
Presented by Roger Billings
Sunday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.
Allen County Public Library, Main Library, Meeting Room A
Join us at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22nd, at the Allen County Public Library's Main Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, for the second 2018 Lincoln at the Library program. "Lincoln, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising" will be presented by Roger Billings, professor emeritus at Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law and co-editor of Abraham Lincoln, Esq.: The Legal Career of America's Greatest President.
Lincoln's experience with Indians before the Civil War was scant. An Indian murdered his grandfather; he volunteered to serve in the Blackhawk War in Illinois. That's all. Then came the 1862 Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of settlers and interrupted Union Army recruitment. After the Sioux defeat, 303 Sioux prisoners were condemned to death by a military tribunal. Lincoln stayed their execution until he could review their files. Ultimately he spared all but 38. What followed was the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Billings will examine the recently published trial files that allow us to look over Lincoln's shoulder as he used his legal training to decide who should live and who should die.
Related items from the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection will be on display. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library and is free and open to the public.
The 2018 Rolland Lecture
Presented by Wendy Allen
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 7 p.m.
Allen County Public Library, Main Library, Theater
Artist Wendy Allen will present the 7th annual Rolland Lecture at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, in the Theater of the Allen County Public Library's Main Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. In "Searching for the Exact Location of America's Soul: An Artist's Pursuit," she will explore her 35-year experience creating portraits of Abraham Lincoln.
Wendy Allen painted her first portrait of Abraham Lincoln in 1983. The 16th president soon became the focus of her art, and she has painted hundreds of images of him. In 2007 she left a career in educational publishing to paint full time. Each portrait is unique, revealing a new perspective on Lincoln and a new relevance for modern viewers. When asked why she paints Lincoln, Allen has replied, "Simply put, I am painting the exact location of America's soul."
Allen's studio and gallery, Lincoln Into Art, is located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She can be reached at email@example.com, or (717) 398 2561.
The 2018 Rolland Lecture is sponsored by the Lupke Foundation and is free and open to the public.
The Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana created the Rolland Lecture Series in 2012 in honor of the late Ian Rolland, who chaired the capital campaign to endow the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection and served as the Friends' vice president until his passing in 2017.
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.