WPHS speaker is an Abraham Lincoln scholar

Everyone is invited to attend a presentation at the museum by Lincoln scholar Norman Schmidt on Jan. 19.

Mr. Schmidt lives in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, but will be in St. Petersburg for part of the winter, so we asked him to do a presentation for us. He has done presentations on Lincoln for over 30 years, and he has 13 different ones to choose from. This will be his first in Florida.

Mr. Schmidt grew up on a farm very near Lincoln, Illinois, which is the only town in the U. S. named for Abraham Lincoln before he became president. He practiced law in that town from 1847 to 1859.

Mr. Schmidt says he read first book on Lincoln in late grade school and now has about 300 books on Lincoln, so that he can do all of his Lincoln research at home. Mr. Schmidt attended Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois, before attending the University of Illinois. (University Hall at Lincoln College was completed in February 1865 and Abraham Lincoln was scheduled to dedicate it in May of 1865, but was assassinated one month earlier.)

Mr. Schmidt recently finished writing a historical novel entitled “They Took Our President.” Publication is anticipated in the near future.

We’re excited to welcome Mr. Schmidt and hope you will attend, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. There is no charge for admission.

(This 1862 photo showing Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand at Antietam, was colorized for Time magazine by Sanna Dullaway.)

DAR award

Jeff Miller, one of our board members, was presented with the Excellence in Community Service Award by the Pithlochaskotee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the museum on Dec. 12. In the photo with Jeff are Kathleen M. Oko, historian and public relations chair of the DAR chapter, and Judy Weaver, regent of the DAR chapter. Jeff Miller has researched the history of Pasco County for many years and has published his findings on the web site fivay.org.