Authors of two new books about the father of Abraham Lincoln and representatives of a special Pike County book project will speak about their research and findings from 4:00 until 5:30 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 12, 2020, at Books on the Square, 427 E. Washington St. in Springfield.
Daniel Cravens Taylor’s book, Thomas Lincoln, Abraham’s Father, is the first full biography of the 16th president’s father, who has commonly been identified as uneducated and lazy. Taylor’s book presents Thomas in a different light, tracing his life from birth until death. The
author reveals positive traits as well as an explanation for how the misidentification developed.
The second book about Lincoln’s father is by Springfield historian and author Richard (Dick) Hart, titled The Collected Works of Thomas Lincoln, Carpenter and Cabinetmaker. Hart’s book contains color photographs of 32 furniture items and provenance authenticating these antiques as the work of Thomas Lincoln. Hart will offer comments about this book and his newest book just published, Letters of Springfield Ladies, featuring the correspondence of five women in the 1850s and 1860s.
Bob Norris will speak as one of several people who have labored over the past several years to compile The Lincoln Connection – Pike County, Illinois. Inspired in part by noted Lincoln scholar Dr. Wayne Temple, who acted as an advisor to the project, the book includes a thorough history of times and places Lincoln visited in the area. It also features a list of names and short biographies of what is known of the 3,200 men from Pike County who enrolled in the Union Army and served in the Civil War. Dr. Temple will introduce Norris.
This presentation is free and open to the public. The books will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.
For more information, contact John or Jeannie Alexander at 217-965-5443.
Books on the Square
427 E. Washington Street
Springfield, Illinois (Map)