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Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995
Brecksville, Ohio – Cuyahoga Valley National Park is pleased to be one of sixteen cities hosting the National Park Service’s program commemorating the historic journey of Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural journey to the White House. On Tuesday, February 15, 2011, the Park Service tour making the trip will present a free program from 7 - 8 p.m. at Happy Days Lodge. Please call 330-657-2909 to reserve your free tickets. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Please note: due to large attendance at other Lyceum Lecture Series programs, doors now open at 6 p.m. and advance tickets are now available.
The National Park Service is sponsoring this programming to commemorate the 150th anniversary of President-elect Abraham Lincoln’s trip from Springfield, Illinois to Washington, D.C., on February 11-23, 2011, by revisiting sixteen cities and towns at which Lincoln made remarks. Those cities include Springfield, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Cleveland, Ohio; Westfield, New York; Buffalo, New York; Albany, New York; Peekskill, New York; New York, New York; Trenton, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland; and, Washington, D.C.
The programming will feature acclaimed Lincoln actor Fritz Klein, who will present what Lincoln said in each community as he tried to reassure a nation on the verge of civil war. The program will include National Park Service Park Rangers who will supplement Lincoln’s remarks with the story of Lincoln’s election, the turbulence that followed, and Lincoln’s steadfast commitment to the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, despite threats to the nation and himself. The programs will also touch on how events of 150 years ago resonated through later generations up to and including today. The National Park Service is presenting these series of events in cooperation with many local –cosponsors in each community. Venues will vary by community, ranging from the places where
Lincoln had actually spoken 150 years prior, to a variety of National Parks, local museums, and schools.
Note: This is not a train ride, but a one-hour presentation at Happy Days Lodge.
In addition, the National Park Service is sponsoring an educational initiative related to the Lincoln’s Inaugural Journey titled National Park Service Memory Trail: Civil War to Civil Rights in which students can research their local community with an eye towards how their community related to the Civil War, the subsequent Civil Rights struggles, and their vision for their community in the next generation.
Happy Days Lodge, located at 500 West Streetsboro Road (State Route 303) in Peninsula 44264, 1 mile west of State Route 8, is a restored Civilian Conservation Corps structure that provides a rustic ambiance for folk and traditional concerts, theater, lectures, and special event rentals. For more information on rentals, call CVNPA at 330-657-2909 ext. 119.
CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or www.dayinthevalley.com or call 330-657-2752 or 800-257-9477.