Illinois History Forum – Looking for Lincoln

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Interested in learning more about historic and tourism opportunities in Illinois? Join Sarah Watson, the executive director of the “Looking for Lincoln” project, as she takes you on a journey of the 43-county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. You’ll learn how the project helps to tell the story of Lincoln’s almost 30 years in Illinois in communities where Lincoln worked, traveled, and lived.

You’ll discover that Abraham Lincoln’s influence on Illinois extended nearly from one end of the state to the other, well before he emerged into the national spotlight as our 16th President.

A Reporter Interviews General Grant

“A Reporter Interviews General Grant” by Judy Wagenblast and Larry Werline

 

Writer Judy Wagenblast and Larry Werline interact in “A Reporter Interviews General Grant”

Lincoln, Gettysburg, and Smallpox

“Lincoln, Gettysburg, and Smallpox” presented by Dr. Donald Graham, MD

It’s little known fact that President Lincoln was in the first stages of smallpox when he delivered the Gettysburg Address. Learn more from Dr. Graham as he delves deeper into the illness facing Lincoln as he gave one of his most famous speeches.

General W.H.L. Wallace at Fort Donelson and Shiloh

“General W.H.L. Wallace at Fort Donelson and Shiloh” presented by Dan Schott and Ron Slack.

Both  Dan Schott and Ron Slack are members of the Civil War Round Table based out of Ottawa, Illinois. Ottawa is also the burial site of General Wallace, who General Ulysses S. Grant called one of his best generals.

A Civil War Drive Through Oak Ridge Cemetery

A Civil War Drive Through Oak Ridge Cemetery: A Private, A Daughter, and A Colonel

The Summer Civil War Series will begin with a Civil War Cemetery Drive on Thursday, June 13. The event will start at 5:15 pm at Oak Ridge Cemetery. At each of the three grave sites, a program of music and a talk about the individual will be presented:

  • Governor John Tanner, a private in the Civil War, discussed by John Alexander and Chuck Murphy with music from the Old Capitol Choral Singers
  • Nellie Grant Jones, the daughter of General U.S. Grant with Larry Werline portraying General U.S. Grant and Jeannie Alexander telling the story of his daughter. Civil War aires will be played on violin by Rachel Helton
  • Colonel Samuel Shoup, the last Civil War-time commander of the 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry will be chronicled by Richard Shatchsiek, current Colonel of the 114th Reactivated. The musicians of the 114th Reactivated will begin a variety of tunes,

Lincoln, The Great Communicator

Looking for Lincoln will host a new program featuring Lincoln impersonator George Buss and Illinois folk musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo in the premier of their new show, Lincoln The Great Communicator. The program combines live period music with conversation and narrative by President Lincoln (using Lincoln’s own words) to explore Lincoln’s use of communication as a personal and political tool. The event is free and open to the public.

This theatrical style program is presented as a casual conversation between President Lincoln and Vallillo discussing Lincoln’s gifts as a communicator and way he used those skills for the betterment of mankind throughout his lifetime. In the midst of the conversation, Vallillo will perform period music on guitar, bottleneck slide Dobro, banjo and jaw harp to illustrate Lincoln’s point and the President will quote passages from some of his favorite speeches.

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