Elkhart Historical Society
 Dinner-Lecture Series

Wild Hare Cafe in Elkhart, IL.

Karl Luthin, DVM presents “The Perils of Traveling in an 1800’s Winter”

The Elkhart Historical Society will offer “The Perils of Traveling in an 1800’s Winter”, presented by Karl Luthin, DVM, as their Friday November 4th  dinner lecture. In addition to having a busy equine veterinarian practice, Luthin also owns KEL Equine Productions which has been involved in numerous movies and mini series.  Multi faceted Luthin  is often the on-site veterinarian, or reenactor, frequently providing props, set dressings, and horses, or as an advisor helping to insure the historic accuracy of the equipment or costumes being used.

Some of the productions he has been involved in are, “Gods and Generals”, “Glory”, The “John Adams”,  “Into the West” mini series, “Gettysburg”, “Cold Mountain”, and most recently providing a tremendous amount of equipment as well as the horse Daniel Day Lewis  rode in  “Lincoln”. 


Mark McDonald – Friday, Jan. 29th & Friday, Feb. 5th –
 “An Evening with Mark McDonald”

Elkhart, Illinois, The Elkhart Historical Society presents:    “An Evening with Mark McDonald”, two dinner-lectures at Elkhart’s Wild Hare Café, each starting at 5:30p on Friday: January 29th & February 5th, 2016 (Lincoln Daily News, 22 Jan., 2016) 
McDonald has become a staple in many peoples television preferences due to his award winning, “Illinois Stories”, Program.  Mark has worked in television and media relations for more than 30 years as a news reporter and anchor, public affairs specialist and now, as an Emmy award-winning chronicler of life in Central and West-Central Illinois. If he can snare an interview with Barack Obama, he will have the distinction of having interviewed our past 4 presidents at some time in their careers. While he enjoyed his positions in television news and media affairs, his present job as producer and host of “Illinois Stories” is his favorite.

Dr. Michael Burlingame – Friday February 26th – Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln

Friday, February 26, at 5:30p will be the second scheduled dinner lecture which will also be a book signing with Michael Burlingame, who with his associate Robert Shaw created a spectacular book, “A Day Long To Be Remembered - - Lincoln in Gettysburg”.

Dr. Burlingame is an internationally renowned scholar who has published numerous books on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. His most recent work, “Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way—The America Lincoln Knew” is a look back through the window of time into Lincoln's world. Burlingame received a Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University and is the holder of the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield where he has taught since 2009.

Paul Beaver -- Friday, April 1st – The Scully’s and the Irish of Logan County

The fifth dinner lecture will be  on Friday April 1st at 5:30p, (--> Reservation information <--)featuring well known Paul Beaver, and his presentation,  “William Scully’s Prairie and the People Who Farmed It.”  This will be a fascinating look at the impact the Scully family had on farming and Logan County.

Lincoln College Professor Emeritus and great friend of the Elkhart Historical Society, Paul Beaver, is the author of a fascinating book on the Scully impact on Logan County. Paul is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Association, and was one of the founders of the Logan County Abraham Lincoln Heritage Foundation.  He was selected on four occasions by the Illinois State Department of Tourism to be “Lincoln Scholar in Residence” to travel with the Lincoln Heritage Trail Travel Writer's group touring “Lincoln Country” in Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana.