Does Abraham Lincoln Still Belong on a Pedestal?

Featuring: Harold Holzer

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series

  • Wednesday, February 16, 6:30 – 7:30 pm ET
  • $44 (Members $32; Chairman’s Council, Free)
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Event Details:

The modern debate over public monuments has forced the nation to collectively confront the more difficult aspects of American history. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the most famous of all Lincoln statues—Daniel Chester French’s seated colossus for the Lincoln Memorial—the 16th president’s longtime image as a heroic figure is suddenly being re-examined. This illustrated talk explores the unexpected origins of Lincoln statuary, reveals Lincoln’s eagerness to pose for sculptors, and assesses the reputation of Lincoln icons in 21st century America.

Harold Holzer, one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 50 books, including Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French.

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The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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