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25th Annual

Lincoln Reenactment

February 13 & 14, 2015

                          Members of the 2010 President's Club pose in the new addition to the

                           Lincoln Carnegie Library before the morning programming and noon

                           Look-A-Like Contest Ceremony. 






The Century-old Lincoln County Courthouse is a perfect location for the morning program and Look-A-Like Contest Ceremony.  This 110 year old native limestone building is one of the most photographed buildings in Kansas.  You may feel as though you truly are there in the 1860's with President Lincoln!

 It is only fitting and proper that we hereby dedicate ourselves to continuing our Lincoln Reenactment beyond the first 25 years for today's young people and those to come.  May we in Lincoln KS always reflect the spirit of Abraham Lincoln!

Kathie Crispin, Lincoln County Historical Society Board Member presenting roses to Reenactment Coordinator, Marilyn Helmer and husband Martin, celebrating the 20th Annual Lincoln Reenactment


   Paula Wombwell and Angela Bates at the President's Breakfast (for performers) in the Marshall-Yohe House


                            2015 REENACTMENT SCHEDULE, FEB 13 & 14, 2015
                                         Commemorating the ending of the Civil War and 25th Reenactment
                                                                             Lincoln, Kansas   

FRIDAY, Feb 13
Finch Theatre  122 East Lincoln Ave
2:30  Open House hosted by Mary Todd Lincoln, Bev Nelson, Lincoln  
3:00  Welcome and Introductions
3:10  “Road to Valhalla” a Lone Chimney documentary of Kansas and the Civil War
4:55  Audience Discussion of film    
5:30  Evening Meal * complementary for Program Presenters and Lincoln Look-A-Like
                                   Contestants, limited number of extra tickets available

 Lincoln County Historical Museum 216 W Lincoln Ave
6:20  Mattson & Weaver performing  period music
              Mike Mattson & Teresa Weaver, Salina, KS
6:45  “Generals Lincoln Chose and Why”  John Voehl, Lincoln Presenter, Littleton, CO
7:20  “General Grant Takes Command”  Jack Crispin, Civil War Historian, Lincoln, KS
8:00  Good night  

Marshall Yohe House  316 S. 2nd
*8:30  Invitation only President’s Breakfast for Performers & Contestants
Lincoln County Courthouse  216 East Lincoln Ave
  9:30  Music by Mattson & Weaver  
  9:50  Welcome and Introductions by Master of Ceremonies, Jack Crispin
                Introduction of Lincoln Look-A-Like Contestants
10:00  “Lincoln’s Motive in Freeing the Slaves”   John Voehl, Littleton, CO               
10:30  “The Day After; the African American Response”
               Donna Rae Pearson, Historian, Topeka, KS
10:55   Break
11:05   “The Underground Railroad”  Joan Wilson, Historian for
                 the National Park Service at Brown vs. Board of  Education, Topeka, KS
11:30   “First Widows: Mary Todd Lincoln and Jacqueline Kennedy”, Deb Bisel,
                Author of Civil War History,  TV hostess of “Around Kansas”,  Topeka, KS
11:55   Break   
12:00   Look-A-Like Ceremony, Master of Ceremonies:  Michael Pickering, Lincoln, KS
            Winner by audience vote, awards presented by Bev Nelson as Mary Todd Lincoln

High School Commons  Hwy 18
12:30  Buffalo Stew Meal   Mattson & Weaver playing 
 1:15   Move chairs close to stage, tables rolled to kitchen area                
 1:20  “Before the Ford Theatre,  Abraham & Mary’s Last Conversation”
               John & Pamela Voehl, Littleton, CO
 1:55   “Hearts United by Love and War“, Marla Matkin,  Hill City, KS
 2:30   “Lee and Grant at Appomattox”  Three act play, Signing of the Terms of
                Surrender: Randy Durbin as Ulysses S. Grant, Overbrook, KS;
                Lane Smith, as Robert E. Lee, Overland Park, KS        
 3:45   Celebration Concert:  Kansas Brigade Band, Abilene, KS, Terry Iseli, Director 
            (Preceptor led dancing for all ages during first numbers)
 4:45   Farewell

Friday evening meal & film tickets sold at Finch Theatre beginning at 2:30 pm
Meal:  adult $10, student to age 12, $5;  Film:  adult $4
Saturday tickets on sale at Courthouse beginning 9 am:  adult all day &
Buffalo Stew $25,  student $12.50; Half price for half day; Info: 785 524 5133

Sponsored by the Lincoln Reenactment Committee of the Lincoln Historical Society Funded in part by Lincoln County Businesses and civic organizations.
Phone:  785 524 5133,  Lincoln Reenactment Committee:  139 W. Lincoln Ave, Lincoln, KS  67455   Lodging:  Post Rock Motel, Hwy 18 & 14, 785 524 4424      
                                                                            Thank you for attending!   


We  suggest a side trip to Delphos, Ks, during your visit to Lincoln.  Grace Bedell, the little girl who wrote the letter to Lincoln advising him that he had a better chance of winning the election if he grew a beard, homesteaded with her husband, George Billings, near there.   George took the avice from Horace Greeley, also from the state of New York,  not to settle in Colorado as first planned, but in Kansas.  George was among the first settlers on Yockey Creek, Grace following him later.   The Billings maintained their ties to Greeley and also became friends with Wild Bill Hickock, and other hunters who stayed in their modest cabin home.   Later, George became the President of the Delphos State Bank and he and Grace moved into the small town, living their remaining years there.    A monument honoring Grace for her letter stands in the Delphos City Park.