Was President Lincoln a tortured soul? No doubt, leading a country through one of the darkest periods of its history would be challenging. An upcoming lecture series, "The Battle for Lincoln's Soul," delves into the conflicts the president faced. David Maas, Ph.D., a professor emeritus in history at Wheaton College, will lead the lectures and allow plenty of time for questions.
The three-part series begins on Thursday, Feb. 13, and will take place in the auditorium at Windsor Park, 124 Windsor Park Drive, Carol Stream. Subsequent talks are on Thursday, Feb. 20, and Friday, Feb. 28. There is no charge for this series, which begins at 10 a.m. The public is invited.
Maas taught American History Survey and the Civil War classes at Wheaton and is the author of numerous scholarly papers, books, and more than 150 newspaper columns about the Civil War. He will present "The Battle for Lincoln's Soul" as three lectures:
• "Why There is a Controversy and Lincoln's Pre-Springfield Years" on Feb. 13
• "Springfield Days and Marriage" on Feb. 20
• "President Lincoln and First Lady Mary Lincoln" on Feb. 28
The Windsor Park Center for Lifelong Learning, which plans enrichment and growth opportunities for residents and the public under the guidance of three resident-run task forces, hosts the Lincoln lecture series.
Other upcoming events at Windsor Park are listed on the website. Arrange for a personal tour of Windsor Park by calling the sales department at (630)510-4700 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Windsor Park is a faith-based, nationally accredited, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located at 124 Windsor Park Drive, Carol Steam, Ill. It is administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church. For more information on Windsor Park, visit www.WindsorParkIllinois.org.
More about Windsor Park Center for Lifelong Learning:
The Windsor Park Center for Lifelong learning (WPCLL) presents opportunities for continuing growth and enrichment through education, the creative and performing arts. Three resident-run task forces initiate and plan upcoming events and other opportunities for residents. Many events are open to the public. For more information about WPCLL, contact Hannah Detig by calling 630-510-5201 or via email HLDetig@covenantretirement.org.
More about David Maas:
David Maas, professor emeritus at Wheaton College, earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He taught at Wheaton College from 1970 -- 2010. He currently researches, writes and speaks about history topics, most notably from the Civil War era.
He has always had a professional interest in the story of the "losers" and neglected average people in American history. Trying to uncover their stories has often led him to primary documents in local history. During research for a book on Wheaton's abolitionist roots and the Civil War, Maas discovered documentation that indicates Wheaton College's Blanchard Hall was an "above-ground" stop on the Underground Railroad, a network of people who helped fugitive slaves escape to the North. Contact him at David.Maas@wheaton.edu, or by calling (630) 665-6765.