The Town Abraham Lincoln Warned: The Living Namesake Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois
by D. Leigh Henson, Ph.D.
Title: The Town Abraham Lincoln Warned: The Living Namesake Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois
Publication Year: 2011
Author: D. Leigh Henson
Publisher: D. Leigh Henson
Format: Soft Cover; First Edition; First Printing Subject: Non-fiction: history/social-cultural heritage/Midwest/Lincoln, Illinois/Abraham Lincoln Language: English
This is a new, unused copy of Professor D. Leigh Henson's book, The Town Abraham Lincoln Warned: The Living Namesake Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois. For generations and in many ways, Lincoln, Illinois—the only town named for Abraham Lincoln before he became famous—, has searched for, commemorated, exploited, and sometimes neglected its Abraham Lincoln-related history and the Lincoln legend in general. The tradition of engaging in these activities forms the town's namesake heritage, and this book probes the questions of how this town has created that heritage and how well it has done so.
This book is not just a new history of the first Lincoln namesake town―it is a new kind of local history because it blends Lincoln heritage-related reminiscence from the author's years of growing up in the first Lincoln namesake town in the 1940s and 1950s; his history research; accounts of his community service of recent years relating to the local Lincoln heritage; his commentary on the town's Abraham Lincoln-related literature, art, and civic life. The last chapter, "Conclusions and Recommendations," has various recommended strategies for how to expand this local Lincoln heritage to increase civic pride and heritage tourism―with significant economic benefits.
The book measures 6 by 9 inches and has xxvi pp + 214 pp = 240 total pages, 73 grayscale illustrations (mostly original photos, a couple of picture postcards, a few scanned pages of documents, and a photo of a painting in the Abraham Lincoln Heritage Museum of Lincoln College), 300 endnotes with dozens of sources cited ranging from published histories of Lincoln and Logan County to major Abraham Lincoln biographies and to the creative writing (literature) of Lincolnites Langston Hughes, William Maxwell, and Robert Wilson. On April 27, 2012 this book was given an award for superior achievement by the Illinois State Historical Society at its 32nd Annual Illinois History Symposium.
SOME OF THE REVIEWS:
"A splendid story of Lincoln, Illinois' heritage as the unique town and its college that were named for Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime. Thus, no other location can claim that honor. Prof. Henson has mined his primary sources well and writes with style and verve. His documented book is a model which could be emulated by others who wish to preserve their heritage and history." --Dr. Wayne C. Temple, Chief Deputy Director, Illinois State Archives, and author of Abraham Lincoln, from Skeptic to Prophet; By Square and Compass: the Building of Lincoln's Home and Its Saga; Abraham Lincoln and Others at the St. Nicholas; Lincoln the Railsplitter; and several others.
"Here is a true labor of love. As an advocate of faithful historical representations, Henson is one of many heroes in his own story, which, mixing nostalgia, patriotism, and commercialism, tells a rich tale about 'flyover country' -- considerably more interesting than denizens of our great metropolises might think." --Dr. Robert M. McColley, professor emeritus of history, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
"A fine book. Combining the critical eye of an academic with the empathy of a native son, Darold Leigh Henson highlights the promise and perils of preserving, promoting, and profiting from Abraham Lincoln's association with the first community named after him." --Dr. Thomas F. Schwartz, the Illinois state historian.
"It is a practical volume, crammed with ideas, filled with cautions--a gold mine for civic leaders and day-to-day citizens who are proud of their own community and wish to capture it for future generations." --Dr. Joseph M.Webb, professor of Communication Studies, Gardner-Webb University; graduate of Lincoln Christian University; and author of seven books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Darold Leigh Henson was born (1942) and raised in Lincoln, Illinois. He graduated from Lincoln Community High School (LCHS) in 1960. After attending Lincoln College his freshman year (1960—1961), he earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University with an English major and history minor. He taught English at Pekin Community High School for thirty years (1964—1994), and during that time he earned a master’s in American literature and Ph.D. in English studies, both from Illinois State University. Also during his Pekin years, he taught freshman composition part time at Illinois Central College for several semesters. In the mid-1980s he was a part-time writing consultant and freelance writer and editor whose clients included local engineering firms and Caterpillar Inc. [sic]. From 1990 to 1993 he was a founding partner of Technical Publication Associates, Inc. Beginning in 1994 he taught technical and marketing communication in the English Department of Missouri State University until becoming professor emeritus in 2006 and then taught online for two more years. His articles about the theory, practice, and teaching of writing have appeared in several academic journals. In recent years he has been a member of the Illinois State Historical Society. His article on the social-cultural history of the town of Lincoln as seen in William Maxwell’s writings and his article on Mr. Lincoln’s 1858 namesake town rally-speech were published in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. He has begun research on a book titled The Rhetorical Education and Development of Abraham Lincoln Before His Presidency.
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