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Mary Lincoln's travels program Saturday at Old State Capitol

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[March 26, 2012]  SPRINGFIELD -- A special Women's History Month program at the Old State Capitol on Saturday may help answer the question, "What was Mary Lincoln doing each day?"

Lincoln historian and author Dr. Wayne C. Temple will talk at 2 p.m. Saturday about the section he wrote for the new book "The Mary Lincoln Enigma: Historians on America's Most Controversial First Lady." Temple's chapter is titled "'I Am So Fond of Sightseeing': Mary Lincoln's Travels Up to 1865" and is a fascinating look at where Mary Lincoln spent her days -- a chronology of the sort that has long been available on her husband but is new for Mrs. Lincoln.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

The essays in "The Mary Lincoln Enigma" introduce her complex nature and show how she is viewed today. The authors examine her image from a variety of backgrounds, including history, theater, graphic arts and psychiatry, and present their latest research and assessments. The result is a broader assessment of Mary Lincoln as a woman, wife and mother.

The book is edited by Frank J. Williams and features essays by Michael Burkhimer, Stephen Berry, Brian R. Dirck, Kenneth J. Winkle, Jason Emerson, Richard W. Etulain, Harold Holzer, Richard Lawrence Miller, Douglas L. Wilson, Wayne C. Temple, Donna McCreary, Catherine Clinton and James S Brust, M.D.

Temple, chief deputy director of the State Archives, is an internationally known Lincoln historian and author. Among his books are "Abraham Lincoln, From Skeptic to Prophet" (1995); "By Square and Compass, Saga of the Lincoln Home" (2002); "The Taste Is in My Mouth a Little... Lincoln's Victuals and Potables" (2004); "Abraham Lincoln and Illinois' Fifth Capitol" (2006) with Sunderine Temple; and "Lincoln's Travels on the River Queen During the Last Days of His Life" (2008).

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The Old State Capitol State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, was the seat of Illinois government from 1839 to 1876 and was the center of the state's Civil War recruiting efforts. A virtual who's who of famous 19th-century Illinoisans, including Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and Stephen A. Douglas, worked in and frequently visited the building. It is located in downtown Springfield and is open for free public tours.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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