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Lincoln historians headed to city

This year’s IPFW Omnibus series will coincide with two events scheduled by the Allen County Public Library.

Although the events are not co-hosted, they are relatable and will attract Abraham Lincoln enthusiasts and history buffs, said U.S. District Magistrate Judge Roger Cosbey, president of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection.

Cosbey appeared at IPFW on Wednesday to help announce the speakers for this year’s Omnibus series, which will include world-renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson and radio host, author and humorist Garrison Keillor.

Kearns Goodwin’s appear­ance Sept. 23 coincides with Lincoln Week in Fort Wayne, Cosbey said.

That week, the Allen Coun­ty Public Library, which houses the Lincoln Collection, will host a free lecture by American historian Eric Foner on Sept. 26 as part of the McMurtry Lecture series, which was established in Fort Wayne in honor of R. Gerald McMurtry, the second director of the Lincoln Museum.

The Lincoln Colloquium will be held at the library the next day, Sept. 27. That event will require registration and an admission fee. Information will be available online at the ACPL website soon, Cosbey said.

“Eric Foner and Doris Kearns Goodwin both received the Pulitzer Prize for history and the Lincoln Prize,” Cos­bey said.

“It’s fitting that they will be here at the same time.”

Foner, DeWitt Clinton pro­fessor of history at Columbia University, is one of the country’s most prominent historians.

In addition to numerous published works, he has been the co-curator of two prize-winning Lincoln history exhibitions.