The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute celebrated President Abraham Lincoln at the Annual History Dinner, Friday, November 10, 2017 at the Arizona Biltmore.
Dinner with Lincoln featured Pulitzer Prize Winner and Presidential Historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of the Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
Co-Chaired by Sue Glawe and Gay Wray this majestic evening was attend by over 600 guests and raised $500,000 for the Institute’s Educational Programs.
The O'Connor Institute presented Doris Kearns Goodwin with its "Spirit of Democracy" award for her body of work in educating citizens about our nation's history. It was Goodwin's experience as a 24-year-old White House Fellow, working directly for President Johnson as an assistant in his last year in the White House, and later assisting him in the preparation of his memoirs, that fueled her interest in becoming a presidential historian and author.
Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt; William Howard Taft: The Golden Age of Journalism; No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt; The Home Front in World War II for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history; Wait Till Next Year, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys. Goodwin is currently working on her next project on leadership – a look at how Lincoln, FDR, LBJ and Teddy Roosevelt became leaders and how they led, for release this spring.