Author Tom Emery of Carlinville will discuss Abraham Lincoln’s relationship with the Riverbend. Lincoln played a key role in the economic development of Alton with his staunch support of railroads to the city, and he was involved in several fascinating legal cases in the area, including one with a New York actress who fell into an open cellar door on an Alton sidewalk. There are also many connections of Lincoln to Shurtleff College, a fixture in Upper Alton for decades, the Alton prison, and Elijah and Owen Lovejoy. Lincoln’s appearances in Alton, his professional and personal relationships, and the city’s importance in his political career are covered in Emery’s book, Lincoln in Alton, which earned the Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois State Historical Society in 2021.
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