Lincoln Collector To Speak About The 16th President

Feb. 16, 2009

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Baylor University's W.R. Poage Legislative Library is celebrating Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial birthday by hosting Bob Willard who will present "Collecting Lincoln" at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19 in the Meadows Recital Hall at the Glennis McCrary Music Building on the Baylor campus.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Willard speaking about his studies and collection on materials related to the 16th President over the past 50 years.

Willard's speech is in conjunction with W. R. Poage Legislative Library's new Lincoln Bicentennial exhibition, "With Malice Toward None."

Willard served as the past president and director of the Abraham Lincoln Institute in Washington, D.C. and now serves as the current vice president of the Abraham Lincoln Association. In addition, he is treasurer of the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, and is a member of numerous other local and national groups based on preserving the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

In 2005, Willard traveled the Lincoln Trail, from Lincoln's birthplace in Hodgenville, Ky., through Indiana to Lincoln's tomb in Springfield, Ill. He covered more than a 1,000 miles, including 200 miles on foot over four weeks.

A reception for Willard will precede his lecture at 3 p.m. at the Poage Library.

More information on the national celebration can be found at: National Committee on the Lincoln Bicentennial.

For more information, contact Ben Rogers at (254) 710-3540 or email

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