Head and sholuder photograph of McCreight Lecturer Harold Holzer.

Abraham Lincoln Scholar
to Present
2013 McCreight Lecture

"Emancipating West Virginia: Abe Lincoln Creates a State"

One of the nation's leading Abraham Lincoln scholars has agreed to present the annual McCreight Lecture in the Humanities in October. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 17 at the Cutlure Center in Charleston. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.


Betsy K. McCreight Lecture in the Humanities

One of the nation’s leading Abraham Lincoln scholars will deliver the 2013 McCreight Lecture in the Humanities at the state Culture Center in October. Harold Holzer will present “Emancipating West Virginia: Abe Lincoln Creates a State” at 7:30 p.m. on October 17. The annual McCreight Lecture is a program of the West Virginia Humanities Council and the public is invited to attend. Mr. Holzer’s lecture is one of many Civil War and Statehood Sesquicentennial programs delivered by the Humanities Council over the past four years.

Harold Holzer is Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, official successor organization of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, which he co-chaired for nine years, appointed by President Bill Clinton. In 2008 Holzer was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush. He recently served as script consultant for Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film, Lincoln.

Holzer is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 40 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era, most recently 1863: Lincoln’s Pivotal Year (2013), Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America (2012), the official young adult companion book for the Spielberg film, and The Civil War in 50 Objects, a volume that tells the story of the war through the collections of the New York Historical Society, for which he serves as the Roger Hertog Fellow.

He has also written more than 500 articles, published 15 monographs, and contributed chapters and prefaces to 50 additional volumes. Holzer has won many awards for his writing including a second place Lincoln Prize and lifetime achievement awards from the Lincoln Groups of New York, the District of Columbia, and Detroit.

In addition to his writing, Holzer is much in demand as a speaker and lectures around the country. One of his programs, “Lincoln Seen and Heard,” with actor Sam Waterson, has been staged and broadcast from such venues as the White House, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, the Library of Congress, and Ford’s Theatre. Holzer also appears frequently on C-SPAN and the History Channel, and has served as an on-air commentator on PBS, NBC, the BBC, and the National Geographic Network.

Holzer serves as Senior Vice-President for Public Affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He lives with his wife Edith in Rye, New York.


The West Virginia Humanities Council board of directors established the annual McCreight Lecture in honor of founding board of directors member Betsy Keadle McCreight, who passed away in 1985.