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Event: From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861 Opening of ‘Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times,’ exhibit

Feb
4

From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861 Opening of ‘Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times,’ exhibit

Historian Kevin Wood as Abraham Lincoln (Photo by Lewis Marien of The Pantagraph)

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Highland Park —- Highland Park Historical Society will host ” From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830 to 1861″  with Kevin Wood, a historian in character as Abraham Lincoln. at the Highland Park Library, 494 Laurel Avenue, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday,  February 4, 2020.

In 1830, the young State of Illinois was the fifth smallest in the nation by population. It was a relatively unknown and mostly undeveloped land with an uncertain future, not necessarily destined for any measure of greatness. That same year, a young man arrived in Illinois and the same could be said about him: unknown, undeveloped, an uncertain future, and not apparently destined for much. The next thirty years would see the transformation of both the state and the man, of both Illinois and Abraham Lincoln.

Kevin Wood is a professional Abraham Lincoln presenter who bears a remarkable resemblance to Mr. Lincoln and has a very extensive knowledge of his life and times. He also writes a blog, “Loath to Close… Still!”, which encourages others to reflect upon and learn from President Lincoln’s life and legacy. This presentation is supported by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council.

Our visit with Mr. Lincoln will open the exhibit ‘Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times,’ on loan from the Waukegan Historical Society that was gifted the exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. There will be additional content from the Highland Park Archives and Local History Collections, which is supported by the Highland Park Community Foundation.

For further information, please contact the Highland Park Historical Society: 847.432.7090 or [email protected].  Admission is free.

About the Highland Park Historical Society: The mission of the Highland Park Historical Society is to preserve our community’s past, to inspire an appreciation of our history and culture and share with the community and scholars the rich history of Highland Park, Illinois. The Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Archives and research collections are housed in the Highland Park Public Library. For more information about Highland Park Historical Society, visit https://highlandparkhistory.com

About Illinois Humanities Illinois Humanities strengthens the social, political, and economic fabric of Illinois through constructive conversation and community engagement.  Founded in 1974 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Illinois Humanities is the only statewide proponent of the public humanities in Illinois.  Through public programs, education and training, and grantmaking, we connect Illinoisans who might not otherwise encounter one another