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Lincoln expert to hold book signing in Pittsfield

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 1, 2017 9:30 am

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Renowned Abraham Lincoln author Wayne C. Temple will hold a signing for his new book Saturday at the William Watson Hotel.

Temple, 93, retired after serving more than 50 years as chief deputy director of the Illinois State Archives. The former editor-in-chief of the Abraham Lincoln-based quarterly Lincoln Herald, Temple has written 10 books on the president and had more than 600 articles published.

"This is a chance for people to visit with one of the leading Lincoln scholars," said Kathy Zimmerman, executive director of the Abe Lincoln Project, "and to pick up a wonderful new book with great photos and tons of new research."

Temple has been researching and writing his new book, "Lincoln's Pittsfield/Springfield Connection: A Tale of Two Cities," for several years. The book traces Lincoln's relationships with Milton Hay, John Milton Hay and John George Nicolay in both Springfield and Pittsfield.

"Indeed, it was prophetic how all four of these Republicans came together with Pittsfield and Springfield as the axis which united them," Temple wrote of the book. "Previously, this unlikely scenario had not been carefully examined and written up in detail. There is new information on each page of this treatise."

Temple will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the hotel, which is also featured in the book. Hard-bound copies of the book were released in April, but the audiobook was released only recently. Copies of the audiobook will be available at the signing.

"He has connections and a fantastic background," Zimmerman said of Temple. "He has lectured before at West Point and both houses of Congress."

Zimmerman thinks Temple's new book could have a positive impact in promoting tourism in the area, the mission of the Abe Lincoln Project.

"The Abe Lincoln Project has been researching Pike County's ties to Lincoln since 2000, but we don't have the resources he does," Zimmerman said. "For someone with his credentials to write a book is really great. I think it will help us promote our heritage and will help us in ways we can't ourselves."

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