By David J. Kent
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Several members of the Lincoln Group of DC have recently taken on prominent roles in the Abraham Lincoln Institute (ALI). ALI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting scholarship on the life, times, and legacy of Abraham Lincoln through a free annual symposium, book and dissertation prizes, and a lifetime achievement "Legacy" award.
This spring marks the annual election of officers and the Lincoln Group is well-represented.
Long-time Lincoln Group contributor Michelle A. Krowl takes over as President of ALI. Michelle is the Civil War and Reconstruction specialist in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. She was previously a research assistant for historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and an assistant professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College.
Edna Greene Medford becomes Vice President of ALI. Edna is Professor of History at Howard University. She specializes in 19th century US history, with an emphasis on slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction. She is currently assigned to the Office of the Provost and serves as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs.
David J. Kent takes on the role of Treasurer of ALI. David is a lifelong independent Lincoln researcher and career scientist, and current officer of the Lincoln Group of Washington D.C. He has written five books, including Lincoln: The Man Who Saved America. His newest Lincoln book is due out by February 2022.
Clark Evans retains his position as Secretary of ALI. A former President of the Lincoln Group of DC, Clark served for 38 years in the Rare Book Reading Room at the Library of Congress, home of the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana.
With such a large contingent of Lincoln Group members among the leadership of ALI, we expect the two groups to collaborate more in the coming years. Check out the ongoing ALI Symposium speakers.