Lincoln’s knack for self-improvement focus of online program

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Lincoln’s knack for self-improvement focus of online program

Historical biographer and TV commentator Jon Meacham will be the featured speaker Feb. 12 in Springfield for the annual Abraham Lincoln Association Birthday Banquet.

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The online program “Abraham Lincoln and Self-Improvement” will be presented at 7 p.m. today as part of the Looking for Lincoln Conversations series.

Born in a frontier cabin but armed with determination and a willingness to learn, Lincoln eventually won election to the nation’s highest office. During the Conversations program, Lincoln historian Christian McWhirter of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will discuss the lessons to be learned from Lincoln’s life.

McWhirter is author of “Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War.” His writings on Lincoln, popular music and the Civil War have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times and Civil War Monitor. His most recent publication is a Washington Post article on Christmas songs of the Civil War.

The free program of the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition will air on the coalition’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. A question-and-answer session with the virtual audience will follow. Admission is free; reservations are not required.

The Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition is the coordinating entity for the 43-county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area and is dedicated to enhancing the communities and landscapes of central Illinois through recognition and support of their significant natural, cultural and historical legacies.

 

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