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Lincoln Society in Peekskill
William A. Walsh, Esq. President
"Dedicated to perpetuating the name, ideals, and memory of Abraham Lincoln and to foster and encourage patriotism"
Annual Dinner Dance: March 7, 2015: Special Keynote speaker: James McPherson
We are also thrilled to announce that Dr. Col. James Johnson (US Army Ret.), Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Institute, will be the recipient of the Lincoln Society's Champion of History Award this year at our annual dinner.
Lincoln's Funeral Remembrance: A Nation Mourns: April 25-26, 2015, Lincoln Depot Museum. Come pay your respects to our Commander in Chief as he lies in state at the Lincoln Depot Museum. Guest speakers, exhibits, living history encampment, music: More details to follow.
Please contact us for more information.
March 7, 2015
Paul R. Martin III
Lincoln Sculpture Exhibit, by
Cocktails 6:00 - 7:00
Dinner and dancing to follow.
$100.00 per guest,
Black tie invited
RSVP by February 27, 2015
ALL Funds will support the Lincoln Society in Peekskill!
Re-enactors attending the dinner dance in period clothing or uniforms. Please contact Paul Martin, 914-245-8903.
email Paul Martin
or CONTACT: Will Walsh, Esq., 914-714-4427
RSVP: February 27, 2015 (Limited capacity @ this event; reservations will be processed on a first come/ first served basis)
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2015 Guest Speaker, Professor James McPherson
SAVE THE DATE FOR DINNER WITH Prof. James McPherson
SATURDAY, March 7, 2015
Join us as we celebrate Abraham Lincoln's visit to Peekskill at the historic 111th Annual Presidential Banquet of THE LINCOLN SOCIETY IN PEEKSKILL
to be followed by a Q & A session with Prof. McPhersonWe are also thrilled to announce that Dr. Col. James Johnson (US Army Ret.), Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Institute, will be the recipient of the Lincoln Society's Champion of History Award this year at our annual dinner.
Location The Hollow Brook Golf Club 1060 Oregon Road Cortlandt Manor, NY.
Cocktail Reception 6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner & Dancing
Silent Auction B & N Book Station (featuring books by Prof. McPherson)
Dessert Buffet with Coffee, Tea & Cordials Black Tie Optional •
RSVP by February 27, 2015
Send payment ($100. per person) to: THE LINCOLN SOCIETY IN PEEKSKILL P.O. Box 2097 • Peekskill, NY 10566James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. He has published numerous volumes on the Civil War, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom, Crossroads of Freedom (which was a New York Times bestseller), Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, which won the Lincoln Prize.
110th Anniversary Parade and Celebration
2010 Parade (above).
CONTACT: Will Walsh, Esq., 914-714-4427
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An original sketch (left) by Paul R. Martin III and sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. by
Richard Masloski. (right)
Both of the artists' images were inspired by the historical writings describing Lincoln's visit to Peekskill. Martin's sketch was used for the LSIP's 2005 invitation card and is currently available as a limited edition fine art print. Masloski's sculpture will soon be on permanent display at the new Lincoln Train Depot Museum along the Peekskill waterfront. COMING SOON!
On SATURDAY October, 27, 2007 at 11:00 AM, the Lincoln Society in Peekskill dedicated the new Lincoln statue and monument at the Lincoln Train Depot Museum in Peekskill. Former Governor George Pataki, Peekskill mayor John Testa, Lincoln Scholar Harold Holzer, sculptor Richard Masloski and other dignitaries and citizens were on hand as a beautiful sculpture of our 16th president was unveiled and dedicated to commemorate president elect Lincoln's stop and speech in Westchester County in 1861.
watch for for more info or visit www.lincolndepotmuseum.org
"That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Lincoln was elected President in November of 1860. During his trip from Illinois to Washington for his inauguration, he traveled by train east to Albany and then south through the Hudson valley to NYC, Philadelphia and Baltimore. At his stop in Peekskill NY , at the Peekskill Train station, Lincoln addressed a supportive crowd from a specially prepared platform erected on a baggage car. There, he sensed the difficult times the nation appeared to be heading towards, when he said:
“In regard to the difficulties which lie before me and our beloved country, if I can only be as generously and unanimously sustained as the demonstrations I have witnessed indicate I shall be, then in my management of public affairs, I shall not fail: Without your sustaining hands I am sure that neither I nor any other man can hope to surmount these difficulties. I trust that in the course I shall pursue, I shall be sustained not only by the party that elected me, but by the free, intelligent and earnest support of the patriotic people of the whole country.”
Michael E. Griest as Lincoln, recites Lincoln's address to the people of Peekskill.
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The Mystic Chords of Memory, stretching from every battlefield, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
Historical Artist, Paul R. Martin III
recites part of Lincoln's First Inaugural Address at The Lincoln Society's Annual Dinner in February of 2001.
“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan-to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves and with all nations.”
Lincoln' Second Inaugural Address.
Peeksill Mayor John Testa addresses the crowd at the rededication of the Lincoln Exedra Monument on South Street with LS board member John Rainey.
“When those little gray eyes and face were lighted up by the inward soul on fires of emotion, then it was that all those apparently ugly or homely features sprang into organs of beauty. Sometimes it did appear to me that Lincoln was just fresh from the hands of his creator.”
William H. Herndon
Peekskill Train Station and Lincoln Portrait by Paul R. Martin III
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