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Renowned Lincoln Scholar Harold Holzer and Award-Winning Author Jonathan F. Fanton to Speak
MIAMI (January 14, 2016) – HistoryMiami Museum and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation (ALBF) are pleased to announce an all-star symposium on Abraham Lincoln and Immigration will be held on January 24th from 1-3 pm at the HistoryMiami Museum.
Prolific author and renowned Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, and award-winning author and Director for the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College Jonathan F. Fanton, will deliver a keynote lecture on Lincoln, the New Press, and Americans, followed by a panel discussion among experts on the immigration issues that confronted Americans during the Civil War?.
“HistoryMiami Museum is honored to have this star-studded lineup to discuss one of the hot button issues of the day, immigration,” Stuart Chase said, President/Chief Executive Officer for HistoryMiami Museum. “As we celebrate our seventh anniversary of bringing the Lincoln Symposium to HistoryMiami, we are thrilled Holzer and Fanton will deliver the key note address. You truly won’t find two better Lincoln Historians in the country.”
Winner of the 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize, Holzer is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. Distinguished writer and lecturer, Holzer was recently featured in the New York Times for his new book Lincoln and the Power of the Press: the War for Public Opinion. Holzer, serves as Chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization to the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), to which he was appointed by President Clinton in 2000, and co-chaired from 2001–2010. President Bush, in turn, awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008. And in 2013, Holzer wrote an essay on Lincoln for the official program at the re-inauguration of President Barack Obama.

As President of the American Academy, Dr. Fanton directs one of the nation’s oldest honorary societies and independent policy research centers. Dr. Fanton served as Interim Director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College from 2009 to 2014. He previously was President of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation from 1999 to 2009 and for 17 years was President of The New School for Social Research. Earlier, he was Vice President of Planning at The University of Chicago. Dr. Fanton holds a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University, where he taught and was Special Assistant to President Kingman Brewster.

The panel speakers include:

  • Moderator: Frank J. Williams, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island

  • Dr. Michael Bernath, Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor at the University of Miami

The panel and lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception made possible by ALBF Board Member Jean Soman of Pinecrest, Florida. For further information on the symposium, call HistoryMiami at 305-375-4093. To learn more about the ALBF, visit the website at

About HistoryMiami Museum

HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. We accomplish this through education, collections, research, exhibitions, publications and city tours. Located in the heart of downtown Miami, HistoryMiami Museum is a 70,000 square foot facility and home to more than one million historic images and 30,000 three-dimensional artifacts, including a 1920’s trolley car, artifacts from Pan American World Airways, and rafts that brought refugees to Miami. For more information, call 305-375-1492 or visit

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Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation

The newly reconstituted Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation is the official successor organization of the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), which was created by Congress and the President of the United States to plan the commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday in 2009.The Foundation is newly committed to initiating and supporting innovative and historically meaningful national, state, and local programs that commemorate the memory and sustain the ideals and historic impact of America’s sixteenth president, particularly during the current, five-year observances of the Civil War sesquicentennial. 

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