Event: Abraham Lincoln Goes to Waukegan


Abraham Lincoln Goes to Waukegan

Highland Park —- Highland Park Historical Society will host “Abraham Lincoln Goes to Waukegan” presented by Ty Rohrer, Manager of Cultural Arts, Waukegan Park District, at the Highland Park Library, 494 Laurel Avenue, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Hear the story of Abraham Lincoln’s brief, but memorable visit, to Waukegan in this presentation by Ty Rohrer, of the Waukegan Historical Society, who will recount the visit as well as the “Lincoln Legends” that are still shared today, 160 years after the event.

Rohrer received bachelors degrees in History and Anthropology from the University of Illinois in 2006, and obtained a master’s degree in History there later. Prior to his arrival at the Waukegan Park District in October, 2006, he worked at the Springfield Art Association and interned at the Illinois State Military Museum.

Rohrer’s special interest in Abraham Lincoln and Illinois’ Civil War history was inspired by the connection of his hometown of Lincoln with the 16th President of the United States. Besides conducting more than 300 presentations about Waukegan’s history to schoolchildren annually, Rohrer also works closely with Waukegan High School students who participate in the annual Chicago Metro History Fair.

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

About the Highland Park Historical Society: The mission of the Highland Park Historical Society is to preserve the community’s past, to inspire an appreciation of its 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