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Presidents From the Prairie State: Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama

Pamela J. Farris


Four men who called Illinois their home overcame their

modest beginnings to become President of the United States.

Farris provides a sound, fair look at each man.

These brief, worthy biographies include talking points for the classroom.


Nonfiction for Juveniles and Young Adults


Softcover     $19.95  -  $1.55 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H     ISBN 978 193227894-1


Note: The author urged the creation of this page as Mayhaven authors have written so many fine books on Lincoln. 


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General James W. Singleton: Lincoln's Mysterious Copperhead Ally

Peter J. Barry

This story begins during the demise of the Whig party, the growth of the Republicans, 

and the resistence of the Peace Democrats.


Historian Dr. Wayne C. Temple writes: "Peter J. Barry has rescued [Singleton] from obscurity

with a beautifully written biography filled with much primary research. 

This is a fascinating volume and deserves a prominent place

in the history of national politics, Illinois and Lincolniana."


Nonfiction  -  Biography      Hardcover (Photos)     $26.95  -  $2.02 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H     ISBN 978 193227873-6

Lincoln's Surgeons at His Assassination

Wayne C. Temple

“So you thought you knew everything there was to know about the Lincoln assassination?

Lincoln's health? His medical treatment in life and nearing death? Then think again.

Once more, as he has done so consistently throughout his absolutely remarkable 70 year focus on our 16th president,

Wayne C. Temple has uncovered astonishing new material and presented it lucidly and appealingly

in a collection that every serious student of Lincoln must have. Wayne Temple is a marvel. Long may he wave!”

—Harold Holzer, Winner of the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize


“For over half a century, Wayne Temple, master gardner in the Lincoln vineyards, has been

enriching the literature on the sixteenth president. On the sesquicentennial of Lincoln's death, he

offers yet another fresh contribution, containing new information uncovered through meticulous

research in a wide variety of sources. Students of the assassination as well as Lincoln buffs will

welcome this timely addition to the author's exceptionally long and distinguished bibliography.”

—Michael Burlingame

Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies

University of Illinois—Springfield


Nonfiction  -  History  -  Lincoln    Hardcover (Photos)    $29.99  -  $2.25 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H    ISBN 978 1939695529

Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic to Prophet (Third Edition)
Wayne C. Temple


Third Edition is now available. 1st and 2nd Editions are Sold Out.

A definitive work on Lincoln's spiritual life. Many new and little-known facts.

The renowned Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago, Illinois,

has listed, from over 10,000 books and pamphlets on Lincoln,

their "Essential Lincoln Book Shelf." We are pleased to announce that Wayne C. Temple's

Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic to Prophet (Mayhaven Publishing)

is included in these significant 161 time-honored titles.

Other lists have included it among the top 100.

The 1st Edition of From Skeptic to Prophet is included in the Tower of Lincoln Books Sculpture in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Wayne C. Temple has been called "the greatest living Lincoln historian."

He is Deputy Director of the Illinois Archives and has been a guest on the History Channel

and is a member of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

His awards, state, national and international, are too numerous to list.


Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic to Prophet (First and Second Edition) has been the most reviewed book among all of Mayhaven's titles.


Nonfiction  -  History  -  Lincoln       Hardcover (Photos)      $34.95  -  $2.62 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H     ISBN 978 193227835-4


Lincoln's Travels on the River Queen During the Last Days of His Life
Wayne C. Temple


"Once again, Lincoln scholar extraordinaire Wayne Temple has filled a void

in the Lincoln literature with an authoritative,exhaustive, and irresistibly lively

account of one of the 16th President's favorite perks: his riverboat.

Any Lincoln enthusiast lucky enough to pick it up will find it impossible to set aside;

impeccably researched, it reads like an adventure story. The River Queen was a witness to history.

Fortunately for us, so is Wayne Temple."      

          —Harold Holzer, co-chairman, U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission


"Lincoln's Travels on the River Queen provides readers with careful detective work placed in a rich narrative.

Temple offers new information about a well-known event."  

          —Thomas F. Schwartz, Illinois State Historian


History - Lincoln     Hardcover (Photos)     $23.95  -  $1.80 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H     ISBN 978 193227844-6


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Lincoln's Travels on the River Queen During the Last Days of His Life Audio Book

Wayne C. Temple

Read by the Author

CD    $24.95  -  $1.87 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H     ISBN 978 193227866-8

By Square & Compass: The Saga of the Lincoln Home (Revised Second Edition)

Wayne C. Temple

Lincoln's only home, located in Springfield, Illinois, has offered up many stories,

some humorous, some poignant, and some very surprising.



History  -  Lincoln      Softcover (Photos)     $24.95  -  $1.87 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H       ISBN ISBN 978 187804480-8

Abraham Lincoln and Illinois' Fifth Capitol
Sunderine (Wilson) Temple and Wayne C. Temple


Lincoln and the Long Nine brought Illinois' Fifth Capitol to Springfield, Illinois.

This structure, a short walk from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, is filled with the history of Lincoln 

and other historic figures that walked its halls. Included in this journey are the men and women

who built this edifice and the behind-the-scenes incidents.


"No one knows more about Springfield or its State Capitol than the city's legendary resident historian

Wayne C. Temple, or his wife, the building's longtime guide, Sunderine Temple.

In their new book they combine prodigious research, an unerring appreciation for the great men

who made history in this landmark, an ear for lively stories, and a dazzling storehouse of intricate detail,

to create a long-needed, enchanting, and definitive study of one of the most important buildings

in the life of Abraham Lincoln and his hometown. At last, one of Springfield's great temples has found the perfect Temples

to chronicle it with coherence and verve."        

          —Harold Holzer, Co-Chairman, U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission


Nonficiotn  -  IL History  -  Lincoln       Hardcover (Photos)      $29.95  -  $2.25 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H     ISBN 978 193227815-6

"The Taste Is In My Mouth A Little...": Lincoln's Victuals and Potables

Wayne C. Temple

The Taste is in my mouth a little by world-class historian, Wayne C. Temple, includes the entire text of the 1843 Editon

of Miss Leslie's Directions for Cookery in its Various Branches (known to have been used in the Lincoln household).

This book is appreciated by historians, cooks, and collectors.

"....a fascinating and important book. Wayne C. Temple, the great Lincoln scholar,

has combed everything ever written about the Civil War President to produce a delightful account

of what the Lincolns ate and drank and how their food was prepared.

This book, like the recipes from Miss Leslie's Directions for Cookery,

Mary Lincoln's cookbook, is a gourmet's delight."

          —David Herbert Donald, author of Lincoln and We Are Lincoln Men


"With this intriguing volume, chock full of fresh information, the indefatigable

Wayne Temple adds to the long and distinguished list of contributions he has made to the

Lincoln literature. Yet again, he has earned the gratitude of all who wish to know the true historical Lincoln."   

          —Michael Burlingame, Sadowski Professor of History Emeritus


"....Here, at last, is Lincoln's recipe for success: the first informed guide to our great president's taste in food and drink.

With his usual precise attention to detail, his flair for the good story, and his uncanny ability to

find new and fascinating information, Lincoln scholar Wayne Temple has unlocked valuable secrets

that have long eluded other historians. The author and the subject are perfectly matched, and the result—in a word—is a feast."   

          —Harold Holzer 


History  -  Lincoln      Hardcover (Photos)     $39.95  -  $3.00 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H    ISBN 978 187804441-9

Alexander Williamson: Friend of the Lincolns

Wayne C. Temple




History  -  Lincoln      Original Softcover (Photos)       $12.95  -  $1.00 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H     ISBN 978 187804476-1


*Published by the Lincoln Fellowship of Wisconsin and included here at the request of the author.





Abraham Lincoln & Others at the St. Nicholas
Wayne C. Temple



 IL History  -  History - Lincoln     Original Softcover (Photos)    $9.95  -  $0.75 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H     ISBN 978 187804456-3

Note: Published privately in the 1960's (the book even displays the original price), this collector's item is an early

publication penned by Temple.


People & Places in the Land of Lincoln
Dan Guillory


"As usual, Dan Guillory has created a very compelling look at the life and landscape of Abraham Lincoln,

with his signature readability and clarity, in his use of language.

The book is chock full of useful information, especially so for readers who will want to explore the 

Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, even before they finish the read."

          —Hal Smith, Director Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area


"Some authors may falter if asked to burst the boundaries of a genre but not Dan Guillory.

As a guide to Lincoln-related sites in central Illinois, this book provides much more.

Insights and observations delivered through illuminating prose delight the reader.

Guillory specializes in...finding 'art and culture in the most unexpected and unpromising places.'

As surely as the corn and soybean yielded by rich soils, Dan Guillory proves once again

why he is one of our region's most valuable natural resources."  

          —Robert D. Sampson, Ph.D.

"People and Places in the Land of Lincoln is a treasure for those in search of the figure

behind the chiseled statues, the voice behind the exquisite words, and the man beneath the top hat...

Lincoln's landscape is illuminated by Guillory through story and setting...

immersing readers in a sensory and historical journey through both the physical and inner terrain

of a man who confronted the enormous struggles of his time with an interior cultivation

of wisdom and integrity. Both Lincolnites and those who will undoubtedly join their ranks

after encountering People and Places will be thrilled with a work that not only captures

but also invites readers to experience intimately the quiddity of a man whose spirit stirs the marrow in our bone-centers."

          —Joanna Beth Tweedy, Author of The Yonder Side of Sass and Texas and Editor and Host of Quiddity


History - Lincoln - Guide      Softcover (Photos)    $17.95  -  $1.35 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H      ISBN 978 193227864-4


People & Places in the Land of Lincoln Audio Book
Dan Guillory

Read by the Author

CD     $29.95  -  $2.25 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H     ISBN 978 193227883-5

The Lincoln Poems

Dan Guillory


This book is prominently displayed in the Lincoln Books Sculpture at the Ford Theater Center in Washington, D.C.


"...these poems can stand on their own...Lincoln's voice here will have its greatest effect

when it speaks of the smaller moments of a large and complex life...

Guillory's Lincoln draws simple but illuminating parallels to his and our greater preoccupations.

When the lines are distilled with some flavor of a Thoreau or a Dickinson readers may feel most rewarded...."

          —Margaret Heilbrun, Library Journal


"Part history, part mythology, and all word music, The Lincoln Poems is Dan Guillory's

loving tribute to the nation's first and only poet President. Guillory channelsAbraham Lincoln

through the ages and into the moment, breathing fire and wit and soul into his marbled memory.

The results are audacious and inspired. Read these poems. Read them aloud. Give voice to your own inner Lincoln."                    

          —William Furry, Executive Director Illinois State Historical Society


"Lincoln retained a life-long interest in poetry and prose. Dan Guillory provides his own creative take, presenting a lyrical life of Lincoln through poems."  

          —Thomas F. Schwartz, Ph.D., Illinois State Historian


"The Lincoln Poems is a must-read for both the Lincoln aficionado and the serious scholar. Dan Guillory has captured an essential quality of Lincoln not easily found in prose writing: a unique sense of humanity. Lincoln possessed a poet's soul; proved through his own writings. Guillory's knowledge of Lincoln allows the reader to be transported through the poet's eyes; a view I am sure Lincoln himself would have approved."    

          —Kim Bauer, Director, Lincoln Heritage Project


Poems  -  Essays  -  Lincoln       Softcover     $14.95  -  $1.12 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H       ISBN 978 193227853-8


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The Lincoln Poems Audio Book

Dan Guillory

Read by the Author


CD     $19.95  -  $1.50 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H     ISBN 978193227854-5


The Many Faces of Lincoln: Selected Articles from the Lincoln Herald
Edited by: Charles M. Hubbard, Thomas R. Turner, and Steven K. Rogstad



Full of captivating articles, this book is like a painting, full of texture, surprise,

colorful events, and people—all having to do with Lincoln.


History - Lincoln     Softcover (Photos)     $19.95  -  $1.50 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H     ISBN 978 187804453-2

Special Limited Hardcover Edition     $35.00  -  $2.25 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H     

Lincoln's Better Angel

David L. Selby


"...David Selby has created a living, breathing Lincoln...yet alive and relevant in today's world.

Any student of American history will be dazzled by Selby's interpretation of Lincoln and his plausible

reactions to contemporary events. With every page, you tumble further into this amazing world,

and meet a charming, wise and surprising ghost of Lincoln."

          —Bob Rogers, BRC Imagination Arts, Ex. Producer of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.


"David L. Selby has brought the ghost of Lincoln back to Washington, D.C., where he appears to a

Vietnam veteran assigned to the Lincoln Memorial. They discuss the past and the present

in a very imaginative and philosophical dialogue. A most entertaining read."

          —Wayne C. Temple, Chief Deputy Director, IL State Archive, historian, and prolific author


Fiction  -  Novel  -  Ghost Story     Hardcover     $24.95  -  $2.62 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H        ISBN 978 193227827-9

HousePoems: Structures & Their Inhabitants

Dan Guillory


Includes 3 poems re: Lincoln


“HousePoems is a charming book poetically and visually.

Its cover welcomes you in and the content makes you want to linger.

Dan Guillory has built something lasting here, not to be forgotten,

much as the neighborhoods and neighbors of his (and our) world.”       

          —Anita Stienstra, President of Poets and Writers, Springfield, IL


"Dan Guillory...has presented his readers with a rich volume...At the heart of this book are Guillory’s memories

of houses and house building during his childhood in Louisiana, and...his own home, an 1895 farmhouse.

Its portrait, by Leslie Guillory, graces the cover of this book. The book begins with a remarkable essay on houses and history...based on Guillory’s own observations of his Uncle Ellis, a skilled craftsman who could, if necessary, build a house by himself...Guillory opens the doors to Victorian mansions...and narrates the heartbreaks and triumphs of their inhabitants...[Yet] The most powerful poem in the book is not about the past or even about a house. ‘Home Economics’ is a tour of today’s Decatur, valiant but gravely wounded by thirty years of hard-edged globalization...”          

          —Peggy Sower Knoepfle


Poetry  - Prose - History  (Photos)    Softcover (Photos)      $19.95  -  $1.50 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H     ISBN 978 193227898-9



HousePoems: Structures and Their Inhabitants Audio Book

Dan Guillory

Read by the Author


CD     $19.95  -  $1.50 IL Tax  -  $6.00 S&H      ISBN 978 193969531-4

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