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Historian Douglas Brinkley Discusses JFK and the Race to Space
Date & Time
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Historian Douglas Brinkley examines how in less than 10 years, the United States went from losing the space race to landing on the moon – achieving a nearly impossible goal set by President John Kennedy. Mr. Brinkley will discuss the scramble to reach the moon as he did in his book “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race”. In it he examined the Cold War politics behind JFK’s challenge, the technology that made it possible, and the astronauts, engineers and politicians who pulled it off. 

“Doug is a wonderful historian and a great storyteller. We are so pleased he is speaking for us, and I cannot wait to hear his take on such an exciting period in American history,” said Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. VIP ticketholders can meet Brinkley at a reception. He will also sign copies of his books at 6 p.m. before the public presentation begins. Ticket prices range from $15 to $65 (or from $10 to $60 for members of the Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.) 

For tickets, visit www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov and click on “Special Event Reservations.” Brinkley, a professor at Rice University, is a frequent contributor to CNN and the New York Times. His books include “Cronkite,” “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast” and “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America.”

His visit is part of the special programming in conjunction with “American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times,” a photography exhibition at the presidential museum through May 19. The exhibition, which will be open during the Brinkley event, is based on his book “JFK: A Vision for America.”

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
112 N 6th St.
Springfield, IL