SPRINGFIELD – Usually the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum welcomes authors after they’ve written a book. But on Feb. 2, the ALPLM presents historian Michael Burlingame and photographer Robert Shaw for a look at the process of producing a new book on Lincoln’s early years in Illinois.
Burlingame and Shaw have teamed up twice before – on “A Day Long to Be Remembered: Lincoln in Gettysburg” and “Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way: The America Lincoln Knew.”
Now they’re at work on “Determined to Rise – The Frontier Years that Transformed Abraham Lincoln, 1830-1837,” a look at the period from Lincoln’s arrival in Illinois to his move from New Salem to the growing city of Springfield.
The free event begins at 6 p.m. with Burlingame and Shaw signing their previous books in the museum’s main plaza. Then, at 6:30 in the museum’s Union Theater, they will discuss the research, writing and photography for their upcoming book, which has been underway for three years.
Burlingame is a distinguished historian and Lincoln scholar. He is the author of “Abraham Lincoln: A Life,” “Lincoln and the Civil War,” “The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln” and many other books. He holds the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Shaw has been a professional photographer for 30 years, specializing in books and calendars. In addition to his books with Burlingame, he has published “Illinois – Seasons of Light” and “Windy City Wild — Chicago’s Natural Wonders.” His photos have also been used in many other books and publications.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is dedicated to telling the story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology.
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents, photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history. The museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects and innovative story-telling techniques to educate visitors.
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