Lincoln expert delivers annual St. Clair Lecture
(from left) Tom Headley, past director, Westmoreland Heritage, Dr. Sharon Smith, president, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Harold Holzer of New York, guest speaker, and Eric Kimball, director, St. Clair Lecture, gather during the annual St. Clair Lecture held Monday evening, October 21, 2013, at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Greensburg, PA.
Photo by Rebecca Emanuele | for the Tribune Review
Harold Holzer, one of the nation's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln, breezed into town Oct. 21 to deliver the annualSt. Clair Lecture at the University of Greensburg at Pittsburgh.
“We were lucky to get him,” said Susan Isola, Pitt-Greensburg director of media relations. “He's always in demand as a speaker.”
Holzer is senior vice president for external affairs for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and author, co-author or editor of 46 books about Lincoln and the Civil War. The recent “Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America” is the official young adult companion to Steven Spielberg's renowned 2012 film, “Lincoln.”
Besides being a frequent lecturer and television guest, he serves on many local and national government and civic advisory boards and commissions.
Starting his career as a newspaper reporter, he was a campaign press secretary for New York political figures Bella Abzug and Mario Cuomo and a speechwriter for New York City Mayor Abe Beame.
Holzer slowed down long enough to visit with local history buffs at a reception and to be fortified by dinner before speaking on “Emancipating Lincoln: The Prose and Poetry of the Emancipation Proclamation” to a large and rapt audience in the Ferguson Theatre.
First to welcome Holzer as he arrived in the Hempfield Room was Pitt-Greensburg President Sharon Smith.
Also seen: Tom and Donnis Headley, Lou and Joan DeRose, Lisa Hays, Phil and Gladys Light, Dr. George and Linda Austin, Brother Norman Hipps, Terry Graft, Wes and Peggy Jamison, Eric Kimball, Lou Lazzaro, Christine Muessler, Troy Ross, Joel Sabadasz, Tom and Susan Tanto, Frank Wilson, Dan Wukich and Dolly Biskup.
— Shirley McMarlin
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