Friday, April 8, 2016

Lincoln scholar to speak to historical group

A nationally known Abraham Lincoln scholar will speak April 19 during the annual meeting of the Morgan County Historical Society.

Michael Burlingame, history professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield, will speak on “What New Can Be Said about Abraham Lincoln?” during a dinner meeting that begins at 6 p.m. in Hamilton’s West Room. During his presentation, which follows dinner, Burlingame will talk about Lincoln’s off-color humor and his relations with famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

Burlingame holds the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at UIS and is the author of “The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln,” “Lincoln and the Civil War” and “Abraham Lincoln: A Life.”

The presentation and dinner cost $20. Reservations can be made by April 15 by calling Rand or Pat Burnette at 217-245-5390.

The story was reported by the Jacksonville Journal Courier on April 7, 2016.

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