David L Finnigan
Pen Name: None
Finnigan has lived in Illinois for most of his life. He attended school in Springfield, then Lincoln. After high school he earned a B.S. in Industrial Technology at Eastern Illinois University. After college he went to work in Springfield for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) where he was a site interpreter leading tours of the Old State Capitol, Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, and Lincoln Tomb. He is also familiar with the Vachel Lindsay and Dana-Thomas homes. Now a Master of Architecture student at Southern Illinois University, he is interested in architectural history and plans to write more books on this subject. He has studied Robert Allerton and the Allerton family extensively. He is also knowledgeable on Abraham Lincoln's funeral and burial, having researched the subject at the Lincoln Presidential Library while working for IHPA.
Biographical and Professional Information
David L. Finnigan graduated in 2012 from Eastern Illinois University (EIU) where he studied industrial technology. At EIU he was invited to give a lecture on architecture as part of a symposium on ancient Egyptian culture in 2011, and again for ancient Greece in 2012. After working at Illinois Historic Preservation Agency in Springfield, he is now enrolled in the Master of Architecture program at Southern Illinois University. Mr. Finnigan enjoys nature hikes, film photography, travel abroad, and history. Inside Allerton is his second book.
- The New Apple II User's Guide, Mac GUI, 2012
- Inside Allerton, G.S. Brenac, 2017
Titles at Your Library
The New Apple II User's Guide
Release Date: 2012-06-06
Inside Allerton: The Essential Guide to Robert Allerton Park
Release Date: 2017-05-24
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)
Contact the author directly for speaking engagements. He is generally available anywhere within Illinois, though central Illinois, east-central Illinois, and Chicago are preferred areas. He has experience speaking in both formal and informal environments, from children to adults.
- Sunday, October 8, 2017, 2:00 PM @ Allerton Public Library, 4000 Green Apple Lane, Monticello, IL
David Finnigan will give a PowerPoint presentation and lecture on his new book, Inside Allerton. He also will answer questions and sign copies of his book. Finnigan will show photographs and share details about Allerton Park that were not published in his book. Admission is free.
- Monday, October 9, 2017, 6:00 PM @ Lincoln Library, The Public Library of Springfield, IL, 326 S. 7th Street
David Finnigan will be speaking to the Springfield library community about his book, Inside Allerton: The Essential Guide in the DeFrates Reading Room at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 9th. The talk is open to the public. There will be a presentation with additional photos and information not published in the book. There will be time for questions and book signing too.
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