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July 14, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Park City Museum will host a Zoom lecture called Some Unfamiliar Stories from Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield given by Bryon Andreasen on Wednesday, July 14 from 5-6 p.m. Go to https://parkcityhistory.org/event/lecture-by-brian-andreasen/ to register for the lecture. A link will be sent to you a couple of days before the lecture.
What was on people’s minds in 1860 during the tumultuous presidential election season as Americans tottered toward civil war? Some unfamiliar stories from Abraham Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield, Illinois, provides clues. Based on research for Lincoln’s Springfield (first book in the Looking for Lincoln in Illinois book series), this lecture considers the cultural context of Lincoln’s world—and illustrates how such context helped solve a curatorial mystery at the Lincoln presidential museum.
Bryon Andreasen earned a J.D. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in 19th-century American History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For most of his career he was Research Historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, Illinois, where he curated exhibitions, directed research, and conducted seminars and public programming. Bryon helped create the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, a 501(c)3 corporation that pioneered heritage tourism in Illinois, and he authored the feasibility study on which Congress based legislation creating the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. For ten years he was editor of the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association—the premier scholarly journal in the field of Lincoln Studies. Currently he is a historian at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah.