LINCOLN ON THE VERGE: Thirteen Days to Washington
Dr. Widmer’s newest book, entitled LINCOLN ON THE VERGE: Thirteen Days to Washington (2020), documents the historic train journey
of Abraham Lincoln from Springfield, Illinois to his Inauguration in
Washington, DC – which included a speaking stop at the train depot in Peekskill, New York on February 19, 1861.
According to Simon & Schuster: “LINCOLN ON THE VERGE tells the story of America’s greatest president and the obstacles he overcame, well before he could take the oath of office and deliver his inaugural address…Drawing on new research, this account reveals the President-Elect as a work in progress, showing him on the verge of greatness, foiling an assassination attempt, and forging an unbreakable bond with the American people.”
2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
DR. EDWARD WIDMER
Dr. Edward Widmer is the Director of the Humanities Lab at the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York. He previously served as Director of the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. During 1993-1997 Dr. Widmer was a faculty member at Harvard University and then worked in the White House for four years as Special Assistant to U.S. President Bill Clinton and as Senior Advisor on Special Projects.
Dr. Widmer earned his Ph.D. in American civilization at Harvard University, is an expert on the origins of baseball, and was a frequent contributor to DISUNION – a digital history of the Civil War that was created by The New York Times. He is the author of a biography on Martin Van Buren and won the Washington Irving Prize for Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City (1999). In 2012 he collaborated with Caroline Kennedy on Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy.
DR. EDWARD WIDMER
Director of the Humanities Lab at the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York.
Author, LINCOLN ON THE VERGE: Thirteen Days to Washington
The Lincoln Society in Peekskill is pleased to announce that Dr. Edward Widmer will be the keynote speaker
at our 2020 Lincoln Presidential Banquet on
SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020
Cocktail Hour 6:00 PM
LIVE Music and Dancing
VITTORIA‘Z ON THE LAKE
489 East Main Street (7 miles from Peekskill City Hall)
Jefferson Valley, NY
Mark your calendar now and plan to join us!
Dozens of items!
Bid Early, Bid Often!
Historical Items, Books and more!
2020 CHAMPION OF HISTORY: JOSEPH J. RYAN
2020 CHAMPION OF HISTORY RECIPIENT: JOSEPH J. RYAN
Joseph J. Ryan is president of the LIVING HISTORY EDUCATION FOUNDATION. While serving as a well-respected social studies teacher at the Blue Mountain Middle School in the Hendrick Hudson School District, Joe Ryan organized a living history project in 1969 with a dozen students to re-enact the life of soldiers in the Revolutionary War. During the past 50 years, Joe Ryan has devoted his teaching and retirement years to bringing history alive for young students in the Hudson Valley area of New York State and beyond. His highly regarded curriculum states that: “The primary goal of the Living History Program is to provide a hands-on, experimental learning environment which fulfills the need for a creative approach to social studies.” Joe Ryan continues to be an inspirational educational leader, mentor, and innovator who is passionate about passing on the lessons of American history to future generations.