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Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction



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. He received his Master of Architecture degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2019. 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 accepted a position at Fischer-Wisnosky Architects in 2019 after completing his Master of Architecture degree at Southern Illinois University. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Finnigan enjoys nature hikes, film photography, travel abroad, and history. Inside Allerton is his second book.

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