The following story was reported by NPR Illinois on Aug. 1, 2023.
The University of Illinois Springfield has named a director for the Center for Lincoln Studies.
Jacob Friefeld comes to UIS from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, where he served as the Illinois and Midwest studies research historian.
In his new role, UIS said Friefeld will lead efforts to advance research, education and public understanding of Abraham Lincoln's life, legacy and historical significance. The Center provides students, faculty, scholars and the public with opportunities to understand the life and times of the 16th president and his impact on the modern period.