Between winning the November presidential election and being inaugurated in January, the president-elect endures 76 frustrating days - in constitutional limbo until taking the oath of office. Harold Holzer's Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861 shows how a president-elect can control or at least influence events even in the most turbulent times. As brilliantly described by Holzer, much of what America's future presidents will need to know can be found in the example set by Lincoln 148 years ago.
The Friends of the Library welcomes Mr. Holzer to the library as the speaker in its Ruth D. Bogen Memorial Lecture on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m.
Harold Holzer is senior vice president for External Affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and serves as co-chairman of the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He has written 30 highly-lauded books about our revered 16th president's life and career.
Holzer has also written some 400 articles over the past 35 years. He has won awards from the Illinois State Historical Society, the Civil War Round Tables of New York and Chicago, and the Lincoln Groups of New York and the District of Columbia. Holzer lectures throughout the country. His program "Lincoln Seen and Heard," with actor Sam Waterston, has been nationally staged and broadcast. He appears frequently on C-SPAN, PBS and the History Channel, and recently filmed a segment for the PBS documentary Looking for Lincoln. He will be a regular on-air guest during the two-year C-SPAN observances of Lincoln's 200th birthday.
He has served as guest curator for a number of Lincoln exhibitions, including several shows at the Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne. He serves as guest historian for the upcoming show "Lincoln and New York" at the New-York Historical Society. A former journalist, and political and government press secretary, Harold Holzer has served as an executive of the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1992.