Wellesley Historical Society

2020-2021 Lecture Series


Thursday, November 5 at 7pm
Dennis Curran

Join the Wellesley Historical Society on Thursday, November 5 at 7pm for a free virtual lecture, as part of our lecture series, by Dennis Curran on Abraham Lincoln and Massachusetts. This program is in partnership with the Wellesley Free Library.


About the Talk:

When we think about Abraham Lincoln’s origins, we naturally turn to Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, where he and his immediate forebears lived – but hardly Massachusetts.

Surprisingly, our 16th President had strong and compelling connections to Massachusetts.

For the man who, in time, rose to the White House – the son of an almost illiterate father and perhaps illegitimate mother, Lincoln’s journey to ten Massachusetts cities and towns in September 1848 spurred his gradual and continuous emotional and political growth.

A preeminent historian has declared that Abraham Lincoln epitomizes the “Right to Rise” in America. Lincoln’s visit to Massachusetts displays how that ideal shaped Lincoln’s life and political career, leading to his election as the 16th President of the United States. 


The lecture series has been generously underwritten by: Christine Mayer





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