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Dr. Wayne Temple & Dan Guillory
June 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dr. Wayne C. Temple has been called the “greatest living Lincoln historian”
and is respected throughout the world for his research and writings. Dan Guillory, poet, author
and historian, has published nine books, many about Abraham Lincoln and the Prairie.
Dr. Temple will be honored on Sat., June 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Books on the Square, 427
E. Washington St. in Springfield. Guillory will discuss the Illinois Prairie. The event is free and
open to the public. Both individuals will talk and sign copies of their books.
Wayne C. Temple, at 92 years of age, has published hundreds of articles and books beginning
with his Lincoln and Others at the St. Nicholas in 1968, privately published fifty years ago. His
discoveries have added significantly to the study of Lincoln and his expertise is sought by virtu-
ally every beginning and established researcher of Lincoln. He has served as professor and lec-
turer before the U.S. Congress, West Point, University of Illinois and Lincoln Memorial Univer-
sity, as well as curator of Ethnohistory at the Illinois State Museum and Director of the Illinois
State Archives. Other books by Temple on Lincoln include: By Square & Compass, Saga of the
Lincoln Home; The Taste Is In My Mouth A Little…Lincoln’s Victuals and Potables; Lincoln and
Illinois’ Fifth Capitol (co-authored with Sunderine Wilson Temple); Lincoln’s Travels on the Riv-
er Queen During the Last Days of His Life; and the most recent, Lincoln’s Springfield/Pittsfield
The Culture of the Prairie is Guillory’s work-in-progress, focused on early visitors to the
Prairie. Dan Guillory is a poet, essayist and historian who moved to Decatur to teach at Millikin
University. He became immersed in the beauty of the prairie and the Lincoln mystique that ex-
pands Central Illinois, and published his first book, Living With Lincoln: Life and Art in the
Heartland. Both People and Places in the Land of Lincoln and Guillory’s book of original po-
ems written in Lincoln’s voice, The Lincoln Poems, have been favorably reviewed and are also available as audio books.