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Dear Lincolnites at heart:
Last week on spring break I was in
Lincoln, whose history holds an endless fascination for me and where
I almost always seem to find new material to mine. When I am there,
I am torn between wanting to visit relatives and friends, and
wanting to research. There does not seem to be nearly enough time
Recently a lawyer from Springfield, Ill., with a special interest
in history e-mailed me to say he read material on my Lincoln site
about William Maxwell's African-American figure named Dr. Billie
Dyer and wondered if I had more information. I responded that I
didn't, but when I was in Lincoln, I turned up more info in the
public library, thanks to the help of director Richard Sumrall (a
treasure for Lincoln). Also, I couldn't resist some "fieldwork" in
Old Union Cemetery.
I have added some of my findings at the link below:
[to top of second column in this letter]
As spare time allows, I will pursue the history of blacks in
Lincoln -- a much-neglected subject -- and have leads on two or
three new primary sources, including a potentially great source of
rare photos. As usual, it will take a while; but if I live long
enough, I hope to publish the results.
My article on Maxwell's writings based on Lincoln is in press --
Take care till a bit later and best wishes,
P.S. As always, please forward this to someone who may be
(Posted March 28, 2006)
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