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Presentation on Abraham Lincoln by Dr. Samuel Wheeler at LLCC Feb. 11

Press contact: Lynn Whalen

Dr. Samuel Wheeler

SPRINGFIELD – Lincoln Land Community College will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s legacy Friday, Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. with “More Painful Than Pleasant?: Abraham Lincoln and His Father,” a presentation by Dr. Samuel Wheeler. 

The public is invited to the free event in the Trutter Center on the LLCC Springfield campus. Due to space limitations, registration to attend in person is required at or by calling 217-786-2577. Individuals may also attend via Zoom at

Dr. Wheeler is an historian specializing in the history of Illinois, the Civil War Era and the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. An LLCC graduate and the college’s 2019 Honored Alumnus, he earned his Ph.D. in history from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has worked in the field of public history for more than two decades, including as state historian of Illinois and director of research and collections at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. He currently serves as director of history programs at the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission in Springfield. 

LLCC will also commemorate Lincoln’s legacy with a variety of educational activities for students at the Springfield campus and LLCC Outreach Centers in Jacksonville, Beardstown, Taylorville and Litchfield.