Left: Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinois State Historian poses with Abraham Lincoln Artifacts at the Tazewell County Museum Thursday evening.
Dr. Samuel Wheeler, Illinois State Historian and the Director of Research, Collections, and Library Services at the Abrahan Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. was the Guest Speaker Thursday evening at the Museum's Annual Dinner Meeting at Avanti's in Pekin. His talk was entitled "Why Public History Matters."
Dr. Wheeler is the tenth State Historian in Illinois History. He specializes in the history of Illinois, the Civil War Era, and the Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln.
In addition to being an award-winning university instructor, he has devoted much of his professional career to the field of Public History assisting Museums, historic sites, documenting editing projects, historical societies, Libraries, and archives their missions effectively and efficiently.
He regularly speaks to diverse audiences across the country, writes for scholarly journals and popular magazines, and offers commentary to newspaper, radio, and television outlets.
As the Illinois State Historian, Dr. Wheeler serves as the Director of Research, Collections, and Library Services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois and is the historian of record for the state's 56 historic sites.