Fireside and Porch Chats

Videos of Iles House Fireside Chats in 2017

The Elijah Iles House hosted three Wednesday evening Fireside Chats in September focusing on the women in Lincoln’s Springfield life.  Two chat videos are available for viewing below:


September 6: Bonnie Paull, The Women in Lincoln’s Neighborhood. (video now available at the following link: Bonnie Paull Fireside Chat)

September 13, Richard Hart, Cousin Lizzie: Elizabeth Todd Grimsley Brown. (video now available at the following link: Cousin Lizzie: Elizabeth Jane Todd Grimsley Brown, with Richard E. Hart

September 20, Erika Holst, The Women in Lincoln’s Family. (video now available at the following link: The Todd Women in Lincoln's Family

2017 Porch Chats Available for Online Viewing:

On Friday, June 23, 2017, the Iles House hosted Thomas Lincoln, a Roundtable Discussion, focusing on the character of Thomas Lincoln and his relationship with his famous son, Abraham. This subject has become increasingly controversial as more and more researchers have begun to doubt the traditional view that Thomas was illiterate, an indolent worker and mediocre craftsman, and a father who stood in the way of Abraham’s efforts to educate himself.

Five panelists engaged in a spirited and lively discussion of newly appreciated evidence belying that view:
William E. Bartlett, author of There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana Youth;
Brian Dirck, Author of Lincoln in Indiana and Professor of History at Anderson University in Indiana;
Steve Haaff, woodworker and expert on Thomas Lincoln furniture;
Matthew Mittelstaedt, Site Manager at the Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site, Coles County, Illinois;
R. Dale Ogden, Chief Curator of History and Culture, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.

The discussion was moderated by Richard E. Hart, historian and author from Springfield, Illinois. It is about 80 minutes long.  Click HERE to view.

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