Friday, March 27, 2009

Lincoln Seen and Heard, Part 1

Tonight Ron and I enjoyed a rare performance of "Lincoln Seen and Heard" by Academy Award-winning Richard Dreyfuss and scholar Harold Holzer held here in Jacksonville at Illinois College. The dramatic reading, accompanied by projected Lincoln images has been performed for only a few audiences during the bicentennial year of Abraham Lincoln's birth, including the White House, Ford's Theatre, the Library of Congress, and at the George H. W. Bush and William Clinton presidential libraries.

After the presentation I got my program booklet autographed--Richard Dreyfuss on top and Harold Holzer's autograph below it. It was a very special event, because both of these men are at the top of their professions. Mr. Dreyfuss is a friendly consummate actor's actor, as well as an actor for the people. And Mr. Holder is similarly a Lincoln scholar, who is accessible to the lay reader, and yet his latest of over 30 books has been highly praised by his peers in Lincoln studies.

A large selection of Harold Holzer's books were for sale, and he was happy to autograph them. I couldn't resist adding to my collection with his latest acclaimed book, "Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861," even though it has over 600 pages. The book is getting great reviews, so I am looking forward to reading it. The photo belows shows part of the page inside that he chose to autograph. It was a pleasure to meet Harold Holzer after having seen him on so many television programs. He is a very friendly and gracious man.
Some excerpts from Greg Olson's article in the Journal-Courier.

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