Historians Doris Kearns Goodwin, Harold Holzer, and Ted Widmer discuss the life and times of Abraham Lincoln prompted by Ted Widmer’s new book Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington which evokes the train journey from Springfield to Washington as Lincoln prepared to become the nation’s 16th president. In a review in the Wall Street Journal, Harold Holzer writes: “In a wholly original, gorgeously crafted reimagining, Mr. Widmer portrays Lincoln’s demanding journey as a Homeric odyssey through perilous terrain toward almost preordained immortality…Mr. Widmer brings off his panoramic, almost mythical interpretation with riveting panache. His book is not only a historical achievement but a literary one.”
At 7:00 p.m. the Museum will bestow the 2020 Robert Gross Award for the Advancement of Concord’s History to Michael Goodwin, founder of the Rivers and Revolutions program at Concord-Carlisle High School. The forum will then begin around 7:30 p.m.
Ted Widmer’s new book Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington can be ordered through the Concord Bookshop.
Please note that this forum and award ceremony are virtual. Participants will be emailed a link to watch the program live.
This is a free event. Donations are encouraged to support the Concord Museum’s Education initiatives.
This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund.
Images from left to right: Ted Widmer, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Harold Holzer, and Michael Goodwin teaching.