Lifelong amateur historian Doug Bergren of Mount Carroll will be giving a talk on Abraham Lincoln's life after he moved to Illinois, his prewar professional life, his early political career and his legislative efforts during the Civil War, and how they affect us today.

The program is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Mount Carroll District Library.

Bergren said his interest in Illinois and local history started when he failed to return a book on the Freeport Lincoln-Douglas Debate to the Freeport Public Library when he was in junior high school.

Bergren’s said his talks at the Mount Carroll District Library are meant to inform listeners on the background events you don't learn about in school history books that drive the much larger events you do learn about.

“Many of the laws passed in the 1860s and the 1870s still affect us to this day,” said Bergren, “and you may be surprised to learn as to which ones and how.”