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Book signing to be held at UIS

February 13, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Mrs. Lady President and the Women of Washington Society, a book about Mary Todd Lincoln, will be unveiled at a book signing to be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, in the University of Illinois at Springfield Bookstore, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.

The author of the book is Peggy Dunn. “Mrs. Lady President provides the reader with a glimpse into life at the White House while Mary Todd Lincoln was the nation’s hostess and looks at the fashionable women of Washington in the 1860s and the development of fashion during this period,” said Dunn.  Resources for Victorian fashion and related Internet sites, including links to fashion museums around the world, are included for readers who would like to do further research.  Instructions on how to dress in period are also offered. This Dunn’s third book on mid-19th century American history.

Dunn is an adjunct faculty member in the UIS Teacher Education program and a full-time doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction within the College of Education at the U of I at Urbana-Champaign.  She previously served as project coordinator for the Abraham Lincoln and Leadership Summer Institute sponsored by the Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS, and she has developed curriculum on Abraham Lincoln and the law which is available for teachers through the Illinois State Bar Association.

Mrs. Lady President is published by History on Fire and is currently available at the UIS Bookstore, Tinley Dry Goods Store in downtown Springfield, and On the Square Bookstore in Virden. For more information, contact prairieafire@hotmail.com.

 

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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