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An engaging interview with author Catherine Clinton on her book Mrs. Lincoln: A Life
Wednesday, October 20th, 7 pm CST (Zoom)
Dr. Catherine Clinton, author of such notable works as the award-winning Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom and Mrs. Lincoln: A Life, which at publication was the first new biography of Mary Lincoln in over 20 years. In the words of Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Joseph Ellis, Mrs. Lincoln “is distinctive for its abiding sanity, its deft and in-depth handling of the White House years, and for the consistent quality of its prose.” Catherine Clinton holds the Denman Chair of American History at the University of Texas in San Antonio and is Professor Emerita at Queen’s University Belfast. She has served on the executive council of the Society of American Historians and on the Advisory Committee of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Bicentennial Commission, and she remains on advisory boards for Civil War History, Civil War Times, President Lincoln’s Cottage, and Ford’s Theatre. Don't miss out on what is sure to be a fascinating conversation!
"The story-telling power of a good recipe"
Wednesday, November 3rd, 7pm CST (Zoom)
Join us for some delicious conversation with author Rae Katherine Eighmey as we explore "The story-telling power of a good recipe"
Rae Katherine Eighmey loves the story-telling power of great recipes. In the years since she began cooking using hand-written cards discovered in the century-old family wooden file box, she has learned how to make old recipes work in modern kitchens.
She says that the process involves a lot of research and dirty dishes, but the rewards are incomparably delicious and informative. It often begins with questions. How do the ingredients reflect life and times? What can we learn about the history of the region or the nation? And, importantly, what do the dishes tell us about the people who cooked and ate them?
Eighmey came to her love of Abraham Lincoln as a child touring Springfield and New Salem. Then in 2006, her husband John asked the fateful question. “What do you think Abraham Lincoln enjoyed eating?” As the Thanksgiving turkey baked, she turned to their collection of Lincoln books and to begin to find the answers. Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen was published by Smithsonian Books in 2013. Her most recent book also published by Smithsonian is Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin. (Photo credit: Tom Thulen)
Join us for a high-powered interview with authors Ron White and Talmage Boston
Tuesday, November 30th, 7 pm CST (Zoom)
Join us for a high-powered interview with Ron White, Lincoln historian and author of A. Lincoln: A Biography and the recently published, Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President by litigation attorney Talmage Boston, author of Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents.
Ronald C. White is the author of two New York Times bestselling presidential biographies. American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant won the 2017 William Henry Seward Award for “Excellence in Civil War Biography.” He is also the author of A. Lincoln: A Biography. His new book, Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President, was published in May, 2021. Dr. White is a graduate of UCLA, Princeton Theological Seminary, receiving a Ph.D. in Religion and History from Princeton University. He is a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum in Washington, D.C.
Talmage Boston is a historian and lawyer who lives in Dallas, Texas. He’s the author of four critically acclaimed books—two on baseball history, one on legal history, and one on presidential history. He’s been featured on C-SPAN eight times and is a nationally renowned onstage interviewer who has done programs with Laura Bush, James A. Baker, III, Henry Kissinger, David McCullough, Ken Burns, Jon Meacham, Douglas Brinkley, John Grisham, and Michael Lewis—to name a few. He spoke at the Lincoln Library in Springfield in 2017 on the subject “Baseball: The Nature, the Personality, and the Power of the Game” in connection with the exhibit on the history of the series between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals.