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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David L Finnigan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in


-- Website -- https://www.amazon.com/David-L-Finnigan/e/B071RKWSNP/
-- David L Finnigan on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=David+Finnigan


Illinois Connection

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.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

The New Apple II User's Guide
ISBN: 0615639879

Mac GUI. 2012

This book covers all models of Apple II, and contains everything that the new user needs to know to get started using and programming his Apple. Learn how to setup and start using the Apple, then learn how to program in BASIC. Further chapters cover graphics and sound, the disk system, networking, printing, and much more. This book is completely up-to-date and covers all recent advancements and developments in the Apple II world.

Inside Allerton: The Essential Guide to Robert Allerton Park
ISBN: 0692867406

G. S. Brenac. 2017

Named one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois, Robert Allerton Park is visited by nearly 100,000 people annually. Allerton, a wealthy Chicago philanthropist and art collector, donated his palatial country estate to the University of Illinois in 1946 with the intent that it should be maintained as a wildlife preserve and an example of landscape gardening. Today Robert Allerton Park is a National Natural Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.

Take a tour of the home and gardens, led by architecture graduate student David L. Finnigan. Beautiful color photography and original architect's drawings bring the history of Allerton Park to life. Dozens of archival photographs, 21 in color, have all been painstakingly restored especially for this book, many never before published.

This extensively researched book begins with the story of the Allerton family, from origins as Mayflower pilgrims to Samuel Allerton's fortunes in the Chicago banking and stockyard industry. Follow the path of young Robert Allerton, Samuel's only son, as he travels to Europe for art school, becomes a patron of the Art Institute of Chicago, and develops his Piatt County estate into an "oasis on the prairie" with formal gardens and statuary. The story concludes with the changes to the Park since 1946 when the University of Illinois acquired the property. Beautifully produced and lavishly illustrated, Inside Allerton stands as a definitive record of this unique destination in central Illinois.


Speaking Engagements

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.

Upcoming Appearances

  • Sunday, October 8, 2017, 2 00 PM at 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 at 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.