“Holding Hands with History” a special Artist Event at the Illinois State Historical Society in Springfield, IL on September 15th & 16th

“Abraham Lincoln’s Home in the Moon Light”

Holding Hands with Historyclick the image above for a printable invitation

Kay Smith’s exhibition “Holding Hands With History”

The exhibit has been on display since July 14th at the Illinois State Historical Society, 521 East Washington Street, Springfield, Illinois. and will continue through September 21. The Society, founded in 1899, is among the oldest state historical societies in the United States.

“Holding Hands With History” is about “the Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln in the Context of our National History, 1775-1865.” During this period of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The Illinois State Historical Society is displaying the paintings as their participation in the national observations that will continue into 2015– the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln.

Here is the invitation for a two day Road Trip to Springfield to explore historic Springfield, see the exhibition “Holding Hands With History” 
with interesting people and have a memorable weekend together.



About Illinois Artist Laureate Kay Smith

After completing my studies at the School of the Art Institute, I worked as an illustrator. As the 1976 Bicentennial approached there was a fever of interest in American history. In 1971, I was asked to illustrate a book on the American Revolutionary War period which required me to travel to historic locations to paint the actual scenes. As my travels crossed and crisscrossed the paths of the patriots, I entered their lives and was forever caught in the inescapable skeins of history and was thrust into the role of historical painter. What began as a single assignment has grown over the past 40-plus years into the largest collection of American historical-site paintings ever created by a single artist. To see these historical works and to learn more about The American Legacy Collection, please visit my website at: www.kaysmithartist.com. The American Legacy Collection is a dramatic panorama of this country's historical places and its defining moments. My original watercolors chronicle 500 years of the American experience and preserve with an artist's palette our American heritage.

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