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Lincoln’s White House

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is NOT required
Free and open to the public

Lincoln’s White House

James Conroy

Lincoln’s White House is the first book to capture the look, feel, and smell of the executive mansion from the time of Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861 to his assassination in 1865. During this book talk, author James Conroy will bring to life the people who knew Lincoln’s White House, from servants to cabinet secretaries and more. Conroy relies on fresh research from previously untapped primary sources and a bold character-driven narrative to offer insight on how Lincoln lived, governed, battled, and ultimately, unified the country. Join us for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of day-to-day life in the time of Lincoln and four of the most tumultuous years in American history.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut and Georgetown University Law Center, James B. Conroy has been a trial lawyer in Boston for 32 years. He first pursued a career in public affairs in Washington, DC, as a House and Senate press secretary, speechwriter, and chief of staff. He served for six years in the United States Navy Reserve in antisubmarine aviation units. Active in town affairs in Hingham, Massachusetts, he has chaired the town's advisory committee, its government study committee, and its task force on affordability; and has coached youth sports teams. Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865 is his first book, born of a love of history and a lifelong ambition to contribute to it. Conroy received the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award for his book Lincoln's White House: The People's House in Wartime.

View materials from the Prints and Photographs Department in the Athenæum’s Digital Collections that depict Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Illinois: Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co.’s The Home at Springfield, Illinois & Tomb at Oak Ridge; L. Prang & Co.’s Home of Abraham Lincoln; John C. McRae’s The Home of Abraham Lincoln; and Rees Print & Litho. Co.’s Abraham Lincoln’s Return Home after his Successful Campaign for the Presidency of the United States, in October 1860.