Abraham Lincoln: Chautauqua Speaker
Join us for a presentation from Abraham Lincoln himself, performed by a Kentucky Arts Council Chautauqua Speaker. No registration required. Open to all ages, but more suitable for older children to adults.
From the Kentucky Arts Council website:
Born on a farm in what is now Larue County, Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln spent his early years in the Commonwealth. His family moved to Indiana when he was 7, partly because of his father’s opposition to slavery. But as his brilliance and burning political ambition carried him to the presidency and greatness, Lincoln always had connections with his native state.
In his law office in Springfield, Illinois, he had a law partner from Green County, Kentucky, named William Herndon. His best friend in Springfield was Joshua Speed, a son of Louisville’s prominent Speed family; and in Springfield he found a wife from Kentucky, Mary Todd, the daughter of a well-known Lexington family. Lincoln visited Kentucky to see the Speeds and his in-laws, and took the great Kentucky statesman Henry Clay as his political hero.