Meeting includes program on Lincoln

JASPER — “Abe’s Youth: Shaping the Future President” will be the subject of a program by Bill Bartelt during the spring meeting of the Dubois County Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Dubois County Museum, 2704 N. Newton St.

A buffet dinner will be served followed by a business meeting, an election of officers and the program about Abraham Lincoln.

William “Bill” Bartelt grew up in Holland and taught social studies at Evansville’s Harrison High School for 37 years. He was the social studies and fine arts department chairman at the school when he retired in 2005.  From 1986 to 2007 he was an adjunct American history instructor at the University of Southern Indiana. He serves as a trustee of the Indiana Historical Society, secretary of the Indiana Library and Historical Board, first vice-president of the Abraham Lincoln Association, a member of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana board of directors and a board member of the Lincoln Forum. He has served as president of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society, the Southwestern Indiana Historical Society, the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Sciences Board and the Newburgh Museum Foundation. In 2003 he received the Indiana Historical Society’s Hoosier Historian Award for contributions to historical scholarship.

In 2008 the Indiana Historical Society Press published his book, “There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana Youth.” He co-edited a book with Josh Claybourn, entitled “Abe’s Youth: Shaping the Future President,” published by the Indiana University Press that was published in October 2019.

Reservations are due by Friday, March 20. The cost of the meal is $15. Membership dues of $5 also are payable.   For reservations, call Mary Ann Hayes at 482-2847 or send e-mail messages to The public is invited to attend.

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