Abraham Lincoln's Journey Home

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Abraham Lincoln's Journey Home

A celebration of the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln

on the 150 Anniversary of his national funeral

April 18 – May 3, 2015

 
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From April 18 through May 3, 2015, the National Park Service commemorated the 150 anniversary of the funeral of Abraham Lincoln with a program called "Abraham Lincoln's Journey Home." This series of presentations honored his legacy in each of the major cities that held a funeral for Lincoln in 1865,
from Washington, DC to Springfield, Illinois.

The programs focused 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 began with a National Park Service Park Ranger who not only served to open the program, but whose own story stands as an example of Lincoln's vision for America.

The program featured accomplished Lincoln actor, Fritz Klein, who gave a presentation on Abraham 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."

Click here to download this poster graphic (large file).

 
 
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Lincoln actor Fritz Klein and Park Ranger Duey Kol approaching the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.

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The Schedule for

Lincoln's Journey Home

Saturday, April 18

Washington, DC

New York Avenue Presbyterian Church

5:30p.m.

Sunday, April 19

Washington, DC

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

2:00p.m.

Monday, April 20

Washington, DC

African American Civil War Memorial

10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 21

Baltimore, Maryland

B&O Railroad Museum

1:00 p.m.

Select this link to watch the program that took place at the B &O Railroad Museum.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Capitol

7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Independence National Historical Park

1:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 23

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Independence National Historical Park

10:00 a.m.

Trenton, New Jersey

New Jersey State House

2:00 p.m.

Friday, April 24

New York, New York

Federal Hall National Memorial

11:00 a.m.

Federal Hall National Memorial

1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 25

Albany, New York

New York State Capitol

3:30 p.m.

New York State Capitol

6:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 26

Buffalo, New York

Buffalo History Museum

3:00 p.m.

Monday, April 27

Buffalo, New York

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

9:30 a.m.

Central Library Auditorium

12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 28

Cleveland, Ohio

Old Stone Church

7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29

Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State Capitol

6:00 p.m.

Select this link to watch the program that took place at the Ohio State Capitol.

Thursday, April 30

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indiana State Capitol

11:00 a.m.

Select this link to watch the program that took place at the Indiana State Capitol.

Michigan City, Indiana

National Guard Armory

6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 1

Michigan City, Indiana

Elston Middle School

10:00 a.m.

National Guard Armory

12:00 p.m.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago History Museum

7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 2

Chicago, Illinois

Harold Washington Library

2:00 p.m.

Select this link to watch the program that took place at the Harold Washington Library.


Sunday, May 3

Springfield, Illinois

Old State Capitol State Historic Site

10:00 a.m.

Select this link to watch the program that took place at the Old State Capitol State
Historic Site.

 
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Students at Elston Middle School in Michigan City, Indiana with their copies of the "Abraham Lincoln's Journey Home" handbook.

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Read about the Journey!

On Twitter

twitter.com/LincolnFuneral

Read the blog

lincolnfuneral150th.wordpress.com/

 
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Park Rangers Duey Kol and Vanessa Torres telling their American story prior to introducing "Lincoln" at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois.

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Lincoln actor Fritz Klein stands with "Frederick Douglass" and a visiting family at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, DC.

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Lincoln actor Fritz Klein performing at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Park Ranger Duey Kol introducing Lincoln actor Fritz Klein in a classroom at City Honors School in Buffalo, New York.

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Lincoln actor Fritz Klein speaking to an audience at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.

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Lincoln actor Fritz Klein visiting with United States Colored Troops soldier at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Lincoln actor Fritz Klein with students, Civil War soldiers, and National Guardsmen at the National Guard Armory in Michigan City, Indiana.

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Park Ranger Vanessa Torres visits with Soldiers Aid Society worker at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois.

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Lincoln actor Fritz Klein with students and United States Colored Troops soldier at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Lincoln actor Fritz Klein poses for a photograph at the B&O Railroad museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Lincoln actor Fritz Klein presents his program for students at the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, DC.

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Student reads about "Abraham Lincoln's Journey Home" while at the New Jersey State Capitol in Trenton.

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Last updated: September 11, 2015

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