Lincoln Landing Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Lectures

Lincoln Landing Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Lecture Series

Published: August 5, 2019.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Lincoln Landing in Lockport, the Gaylord Building and Lewis University History Center organized a lecture series in September. The talks are free and open to the public. The series features Lewis University professors and students presenting their experiences working on Lincoln Landing and historical research.

Each event will take place from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Gaylord Building Historic Site, 200 W 8th St. Lockport, Ill. 

On September 12, “Drawing Lincoln – His Life and Times” will be presented by Jim Weren, long-time commercial artistic director. He became fascinated with the Civil War, which inspired him to draw the principal figures, including Abraham Lincoln. Two of Weren’s Lincoln portraits are featured in the Lincoln’s Legacy exhibit. His passion and knowledge of the subject have led to over 300 popular lectures, addressing different aspects of the Civil War, including battles and spies.

On September 19, “Lincoln Landing: From Dream to Reality” will be presented by Dr. Dennis Cremin, chair and professor of history at Lewis University. The director of the Lewis University History Center will walk listeners through the development of Lincoln Landing from the concept to the completed interpretive park. As director of Interpretation for the park, he worked to create medallions as well as coordinate lesson plans.

On September 26, “Lincoln Landing in the Digital World” will be presented by Lewis University student Kathleen Tite. The Lincoln Landing Intern will facilitate an interactive conversation around the development of electronic outreach for Lincoln Landing. She has updated the website and coordinates the park’s social media accounts. She will highlight aspects of the website and lesson plans including working with Adam Darst, to create a flyover video of Lincoln Landing.

These events are being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Please contact for further information.

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