Shakespeare in the Land of Lincoln

Shakespeare in the Land of Lincoln

Shakespeare in the Land of Lincoln is a symposium with lectures and even a family play commissioned by the Festival. It will explore how Abraham Lincoln was inspired by the works of Shakespeare, and how that connection began in his youth right here. Scholars have mentioned how our nation’s 16th President drew upon Shakespeare’s writings. This program will be in partnership with Bloomington’s Lincoln Festival and Looking for Lincoln, as it reveals the fascinating ties in a series of free events.

Lectures at the Ewing Manor
July 14, 2 p.m.: James M. Cornelius, Ph.D. curator, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, Springfield

July 21, 4 p.m.: Spotlight Speaker Michael Anderegg, Ph.D., author of Lincoln and Shakespeare (2015)*

July 28, 2 p.m.: Guy Fraker, Lincoln scholar, author

August 4, 2 p.m.: Robert Bray, Ph.D, Illinois Wesleyan professor, author

The play, “Double, Double” is a family play being performed for free 15 times in parks in Bloomington, Peoria, Peoria Heights, Champagne and other nearby communities.

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