Your event or function will be enjoyable, memorable, and unique with
LINCOLN FOR THE AGES. Have the President mingle with your crowd, offer a
program like those described below, or develop your own program.
Rushmore Presidents, 2000 Easter Egg Roll, The White House, Washington,
is popular at conventions, fairs, pageants, and the annual Easter Egg Roll at the
White House (left). President Lincoln walks about the site, greets the public,
poses for pictures, and engages guests in conversation.
LINCOLN FOR THE
AGES offers original Lincoln works, composite speeches, and custom
speeches. General speeches cover a variety of topics of concern to the
Lincoln Administration. A speech can be short - The Gettysburg Address
(three minutes) - or thirty minutes or more.
Conference engages the audience in role-playing. Mr. Lincoln may set
the stage with a few remarks about the difficulties of the
administration of a country at war. Invite local historians to attend
with prepared questions. Invite local media to cover the conference.
Invite the public to attend and pose questions as well. In
schools, this is a favorite way to conclude the Civil War Day programs.
At right, President Lincoln outlines the progress of the War to visitors
at Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace, MD.
is well-suited to the more advanced history study group, usually high
school, college, and adult education classes, who debate complex
political issues of the 1860s with the President.
This is a much less
formal program than the press conference, debate, or speech. Mr. Lincoln
usually makes a few remarks,
five to ten minutes, then opens the
to questions. This is a favorite with schools, especially as the
President relates stories to the students about his youth, his path to
the Presidency, and life in the White House. Favorites among
students are stories about Lincoln's sons Willie and Tad, and their pet
goats which often had the run of the White House. At left, the
President addresses Cub Scout Pack 166 of Easton, CT.
If you are booking
more than one presenter, organize your audience into small groups, which
rotate from presenter to presenter, each presenter operating a
"workshop". Workshops might include an interview with the President, a
recruiting station to register and drill raw recruits, or Harriet Tubman
telling stories about The Underground Railroad.
Two or more
presenters interact in a planned scenario. Lincoln and Stephen
Douglas debate abolition versus the expansion of slavery.
Lincoln and wife Mary plan their return to Illinois after the presidency. Lincoln and
Frederick Douglass discuss issues of concern to black Americans.
At right, Lincoln and Harriet Beecher Stowe discuss Uncle Tom's Cabin
as one catalyst that instigated the outbreak of war.
DINNER AT THE
convention, dinner, ball, or fund-raiser, transform an ordinary meeting
hall into a White House dining room with bunting and table linens. Place the first eight or ten
reservations at the head table with President Lincoln. We also
offer a smaller luncheon with President Lincoln, for which seats can be
raffled off, with period menus. Authentic recipes are available
for your caterer or chef.
CIVIL WAR HISTORY TOUR
For an unusual
perspective of Washington, D. C., bring President Lincoln right onto
your sight-seeing tour coach and check out both popular and little-known
sites in the city as Lincoln knew it.
REENACTMENTS & LIVING HISTORY EVENTS
For field events,
LINCOLN FOR THE AGES provides not only President Lincoln, but also can
set up a fully authentic camp: tents and flies, flags, a field office,
camp furniture, cooking gear, bunting, and so forth. In-camp activities
featuring President Lincoln include:
Reviews The Troops in a dress parade, an impressive ceremony that
troops the colors with music.
Lincoln Tours The
Camps, engaging the soldiers informally on an individual basis.
Lunches With Local Dignitaries or with sponsors of the event.
With The President sets aside time for spectators to visit Lincoln
spontaneous or planned, between President Lincoln and other reenactors
who portray diplomats or foreign visitors allow spectators to eavesdrop
on 1860s political conversations.
A Photo Session
gives families the opportunity to take pictures with the President.
Meets At Headquarters with the commanding officer to discuss
A Press Conference
or Speech is popular with spectators, with time for questions and
Carriage to transport President Lincoln adds to your event's overall
participates in parades for the Fourth of July or other celebrations.
Plan for fife-&-drum music, a military color guard and a
horse-&-carriage rig to complete the effect.
LINCOLN FOR THE
AGES works with reenactors and presenters who portray Lincoln
contemporaries. We know quite a variety of other presenters who portray
specific historical characters, from the Civil War and from other
historical periods. One of these is Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln,