Stories from the stacks
Lincoln Presidential Library digs into its collections to tell stories
of Illinois lawmakers Nov. 19
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[November 12, 2014]
– Tales of Illinois lawmakers, from Lincoln’s colleagues to modern
trailblazers, will be the focus Nov. 19 when the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum presents “Stories from the Stacks.”
The free presentation includes the telegram that led to Illinois
becoming the first state to ratify the constitutional amendment
abolishing slavery. It features leaders like Dawn Clark Netsch, the
first woman to get a major party’s nomination for Illinois governor.
It also may introduce visitors to some of the shadier characters to
serve in state government.
The new “Stories from the Stacks” series gives the public a peek
into the library’s vast collections on Illinois history. Using
documents, pictures and artifacts, library experts will highlight a
variety of topics beyond Abraham Lincoln.
Future “Stories from the Stacks” will explore settlers and explorers
moving westward from Illinois, women’s history and the contributions
of veterans and veterans’ groups.
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“Stories from the Stacks” takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the
reading room of the Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth
St., Springfield, Ill.
Space is limited, so reserve your seat by visiting
www.presidentlincoln.illinois.gov and clicking on
“special event reservations” or by calling 217-558-8934.
[Chris Wills, Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library & Museum]