Abraham Lincoln: Behind White House Doors

Was Abraham Lincoln the “Great Emancipator” and “wise leader” as portrayed by his private secretaries and biographers John Milton Hay and John Nikolay? With support from a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant, The Fells Estate & Historic Gardens in Newbury will present a four-part series about one of the greatest presidents in our nation’s history, Abraham Lincoln. He is the standard by which all presidents are measured but, at the time of his death, Lincoln’s image was one of a defeated leader. He was described as “lacking in the quality of leadership” and “unfit for the responsibilities of his office.”


This series kicks off with a discussion of the book Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay and the War for Lincoln’s Image. Join history buffs and local book aficionados to discuss Joshua Zietz’s book, which presents an intimate look at Lincoln through the eyes of two of his closest aides, Hay and Nicolay. Liz Tentarelli, long-time Fells docent, leads the discussion about Lincoln’s legacy and the behind-the-scenes account of the events of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Gettysburg Address.


Books will be available for sale at The Fells or your independent bookstore, or may be borrowed through the Newbury Public Library or your local library. Join the book discussion on Monday, May 1, 7:00-8:30 pm at the Newbury Public Library, 933 Route 103, Newbury. 


In June, the lectures take place at 4:00 pm on Sunday afternoons at the Hay summer estate, The Fells, on the shores of Lake Sunapee in Newbury.


June 4:  Memory, Politics, and Gilded Age Histories of the American Civil War with Dr. Robert Bonner, Dartmouth College


June 11:  The St. Albans Raid: Confederate Attack on Vermont with Michelle Sherburne, Vermont historian and author


June 18:  Lincoln’s On the Job Training: Developing a Federal Strategy During the American Civil War with Dr. Hugh Dubrulle, Saint Anselm College


For information, call The Fells at 603-763-4789 or visit www.thefells.org/calendar-and-events.