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April 14, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
On April 14th local historian Bill Bartelt will speak at the Evansville Museum on the community’s reaction to President Lincoln’s assassination. Throughout the country there were elaborate public displays of grief as Americans tried to cope with the loss of the president who led them through the Civil War. Mr. Bartelt’s presentation will examine ways that the Evansville region in particular coped with the assassination.
Bill Bartelt of Newburgh is a celebrated authority on Abraham Lincoln and on his boyhood in particular. For more than fifteen summers he was employed as a ranger and historian at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. He is an active member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission at both the state and national level. He has published books, articles, and numerous historical reports, including a 2008 book titled “There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana Youth.” He received the Indiana Historical Society’s “Hoosier Historian” award in 2003.
In addition to his Lincoln scholarship, Bartelt taught social studies at Evansville’s Harrison High School from 1968 until 2005 where he also chaired the social studies department, and he served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern Indiana from 1986 until 2007. He has served as a consultant research historian for the 2013 film “The Better Angels” and for the Colonel William Jones State Historic Site. Bartlet has also been president of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society and serves as historian of Trinity United Methodist Church in Evansville.