Whether you think astrology is bunk or you check your star chart every day, February 12 is an impressive day to be born. Today marks the 200th anniversary of the births of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln.
On the second floor, we have a display of diverse books about both men. Biographies, their writings and the musings of modern historians who study their lives and continuing impact are all waiting for you. Come upstairs for a great read about great men.
Online, the British Natural History Musem has an exhibit about Darwin's life and work and the Library of Congress has scanned Lincoln's correspondence and made images of the letters as well as transcripts available. Lincoln/Net is another resource of Lincoln's writings created by Northern Illinois University. The Darwin Foundation has continued Darwin's study of the Galapagos Islands and promotes the environmental stewardship of the islands.
Resources on both Lincoln and Darwin are seemingly limitless. Books, websites and articles abound for the serious scholar, history buff or newly curious. This three-day weekend may be the perfect time to indulge your inner historian.