Jan Jacobi


Jan Jacobi has taught middle school English and humanities in three schools for over 40 years. He grew up in New York and came to St. Louis in 1982. For 27 years, he served as Head of Lower School at St. Louis Country Day School and Head of Middle School at MICDS. For the past five years he has taught 7th and 8th grade humanities at the St. Michael School in Clayton. In 2014 he was recognized as middle school teacher of the year by St. Louis Magazine. Ever since he came to St. Louis, he has been reading and writing about Abraham Lincoln. To celebrate Lincoln’s birthday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published a number of his articles. He and his wife Ginger have three grown children, and they live with three dogs and a cat. His interests are gardening, and like Abraham Lincoln, reading the newspapers.


As a former New Yorker, educator Jan Jacobi came to St. Louis in 1982. He took seventh graders on a field trip to Lincoln's New Salem Historic Site, a reconstructed village regarding the 16th American president in Petersburg, Illinois. Since

Lincoln in Springfield by Jan Jacobi A follow-up to Jacobi’s award-winning debut, Young Lincoln, this book offers insight into Abraham Lincoln’s time as a young professional and politician in Springfield, Illinois. Young adult readers get a more human portrait of the

Springfield, Illinois—about 90 minutes from St. Louis—is more than just the capital of Illinois, it holds deep history regarding Abraham Lincoln.  


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