Tuesday, April 18, 2017 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Maggiano's-Chevy Chase
5333 Wisconsin Ave, NW, DC
right at the Friendship Heights Metro stop. The adjacent Chevy Chase Pavilion parking garage has a restaurant discount cost of $3.80 for four hours. You can enter the garage from Wisconsin Ave, 50 feet north of the restaurant (between Marshalls and Cheesecake factory), but the best garage entrance for Maggiano's is from Western Ave.
"The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed"
The Lincoln Group of DC is pleased to welcome Charles B. Strozier, historian, psychoanalyst, and author of Your Friend Forever, Abraham Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed. Dr. Strozier authored the classic Lincoln's Quest for Union. He has received many awards and accolades for his work.
On April 15, 1837, a "long, gawky" Abraham Lincoln walked into Joshua Speed's dry-goods store in Springfield, Illinois, and asked what it would cost to buy the materials for a bed. Speed said $17, which Lincoln didn't have. He asked for a loan to cover that amount until Christmas. Speed was taken with his visitor, but, as he said later, "I never saw so gloomy and melancholy a face." Speed suggested Lincoln stay with him in a room over his store for free and share his large double bed. Thus began what would become one of the most important friendships in American history.
Speed was Abraham Lincoln's closest confidant, offering him invaluable support after the death of his first love, Ann Rutledge, and during his rocky courtship of Mary Todd. Lincoln needed Speed for guidance, support, and empathy. Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln is a rich analysis of a relationship that was both a model of male friendship and a specific dynamic between two brilliant but fascinatingly flawed men who played off each other's strengths and weaknesses to launch themselves in love and life. Their friendship resolves important questions about Lincoln's early years and adds significant psychological depth to our understanding of the making of the sixteenth president.
Dr. Strozier provides insight as a historian and a psychoanalyst into this complicated, often misrepresented, but always enduring, relationship.