Dr. Wayne Temple, historian and author who has published books for 50 years, will be honored. Dan Guillory will discuss a work-in progress about the Illinois Prairie. Both individuals will talk and sign copies of their books.
Wayne C. Temple, at 92 years of age, has published hundreds of articles and books beginning with his "Lincoln and Others at the St. Nicholas" in 1968, privately published fifty years ago. His discoveries have added significantly to the study of Lincoln and his expertise is sought by virtually every beginning and established researcher of Lincoln. He has served as professor and lecturer before the U.S. Congress, West Point, University of Illinois and Lincoln Memorial University, as well as curator of Ethnohistory at the Illinois State Museum and Director of the Illinois State Archives. Other books by Temple on Lincoln include: By Square & Compass, Saga of the Lincoln Home; The Taste Is In My Mouth A Little...Lincoln's Victuals and Potables; Lincoln and Illinois' Fifth Capitol (co-authored with Sunderine Wilson Temple); Lincoln's Travels on the River Queen During the Last Days of His Life; and the most recent, Lincoln's Springfield/Pittsfield Connection.
"The Culture of the Prairie" is Guillory's work-in-progress, focused on early visitors to the Prairie. Dan Guillory is a poet, essayist and historian who moved to Decatur to teach at Millikin University. He became immersed in the beauty of the prairie and the Lincoln mystique that expands Central Illinois, and published his first book, Living With Lincoln: Life and Art in the Heartland. Both People and Places in the Land of Lincoln and Guillory's book of original poems written in Lincoln's voice, The Lincoln Poems, have been favorably reviewed and are also available as audio books.