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