July 19, 2020
Dr. George Provenzano: James Semple in Elsah and Alton, Prairie Entrepreneur
7:00 PM, Piasa Bluffs Auditorium
Economic historian and local history scholar Dr. George Provenzano will speak on James Semple, Prairie Entrepreneur.
Semple is representative of a group of Illinois men,including Abe Lincoln, who bounced from activity to activity, in and out of politics, until finally finding their callings.
The founder of the village of Elsah, Semple was a lawyer, army general, state representative, inventor, ambassador, and United States Senator.
Yet, until settling in Elsah, Semple was not particularly successful.
Dr. Provenzano’s presentation will include new insights gained from research in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield.