State Historian Speaks on Statesmanship History Sept. 5

Illinois State Historian Speaks on Statesmanship Sept. 5 at Gaylord Building

Published: August 12, 2019.

Dr. Samuel Wheeler

Noted Lincoln scholar Dr. Samuel Wheeler will be presenting “Statesmanship in Illinois History” Sept. 5 at the Gaylord Building Historic Site in Lockport. Wheeler will be sharing his experiences with the public during an event co-sponsored by the Lewis University History Center and the Gaylord Building Historic Site.

The dinner lecture will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture at 7 p.m. Visit to purchase the $30 tickets.

“Wheeler provides a unique perspective as the Director of Research and Collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield,” said Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, director of the Lewis University History Center.

As the state historian, Wheeler oversees the state’s most treasured artifacts and documents related to the 16th president and the first two centuries of Illinois history. He specializes in the history of the Prairie State, the Civil War Era, and the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

He will address the state’s rich tradition of effective leadership, which often has been elevated to the national level. He will explore the qualities that define statesmanship and provide examples of Illinois politicians who have achieved such status. He will point to possible reasons why Illinois has served as an effective training ground for national leadership.

Earlier in the day, Wheeler will be visiting students in the History of Illinois class at Lewis University in Romeoville.

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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