Funeral for Lincoln in Harrisburg

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Date: April 20, 2015
Contact: Timothy Good, 314-943-4026
Contact: Katie Lawhon, 717-338-4402

Harrisburg, PA –The National Park Service invites the public to join us in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the funeral of Abraham Lincoln with a program that honors his legacy on April 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.

Those attending the program will be greeted by a National Park Service Ranger, followed by a one-hour presentation on Abraham Lincoln's hopes and dreams for the country during his tenure as president. Accomplished Lincoln actor, Fritz Klein, will provide the presentation on Lincoln's commitment to the idea that the United States was "conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

A series of programs is being held in each of the major cities that held a funeral for Lincoln in 1865, from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. The programs focus on Lincoln's vision for America as he expressed it during his life, a vision that moved the nation from civil war toward civil rights. Each program will begin with a National Park Service Park Ranger who will not only serve to open the program, but whose own story stands as an example of Lincoln's vision for America.

The cities that honored the memory of Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago, and will do so again are Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Trenton, New Jersey; New York, New York; Albany, New York; Buffalo, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Indiana State Capitol; Michigan City, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; and, Springfield, Illinois.

To learn more about "Abraham Lincoln's Journey Home: A Celebration of the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln on the 150th anniversary of his national funeral" go to https://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/JourneyHome.htm



Last updated: April 20, 2015

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