March 10 – 4:00pm
This talk will explore the connections Abraham Lincoln has to several historic buildings within the 42-county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, all of which are open to the public, including the Oglesby Mansion. Each site links today’s visitors with a place Lincoln lived, a home of a Lincoln friend or colleague, or a spot that illuminates Lincoln’s era and legacy in central Illinois. This talk is based on Holst’s book of the same name, newly released by SIU Press.
Erika Holst is the Curator of Decorative Arts and History at the Illinois State Museum. She holds an master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. Her previous publications include Wicked Springfield: Crime, Corruption, and Scandal During the Lincoln Era and Edwards Place: A Springfield Treasure.