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Tristi Nichols: President
"Dedicated to perpetuating the name, ideals, and memory of Abraham Lincoln and to foster and encourage patriotism"
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Annual Dinner Dance: April 9, 2016: Special Keynote speaker: Dr. Edna Greene Medford
Please contact us for more information.
April 9, 2016
Paul R. Martin III
Lincoln Sculpture Exhibit, by
Cocktails 6:00 - 7:00
Dinner and dancing to follow.
$100.00 per guest,
Black tie optional
RSVP by March 28, 2016
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: March 28, 2016 (Limited capacity @ this event; reservations will be processed on a first come/ first served basis)
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PARADE 2006 Click here for photos of Parade 2006
CELEBRATION 2005 Click here for photos of Celebration 2005
2016 Guest Speaker, Dr. Edna Greene Medford
SAVE THE DATE FOR DINNER WITH DR. Edna Greene Medford
SATURDAY, April 9, 2016
Join us as we celebrate Abraham Lincoln's visit to Peekskill at the historic 112th Annual Presidential Banquet of THE LINCOLN SOCIETY IN PEEKSKILL
to be followed by a Q & A session with Dr. Medford
Location The Mansion at Colonial Terrace 119 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 March 28, 2016
Send payment ($100. per person) to: THE LINCOLN SOCIETY IN PEEKSKILL P.O. Box 2097 • Peekskill, NY 10566
Edna Greene Medford is Professor, current Chair, and former director of the Department of History’s graduate and undergraduate programs. Specializing in nineteenth century African-American history, she teaches courses in the Jacksonian Era, Civil War and Reconstruction, and African-American History to 1877.
Dr. Medford was educated at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in Virginia, the University of Illinois (Urbana), and the University of Maryland (College Park), where she received her Ph.D. in United States history. She lectures widely to scholarly and community-based groups and has presented to national and international audiences on topics that range from Alexis de Tocqueville’s influence on American politics to community-building among American free blacks in Civil War-era Canada, to African American responses to Abraham Lincoln’s wartime policies.
Dr. Medford has served as the Director for History of New York’s African Burial Ground Project and edited the volumeHistorical Perspectives of the African Burial Ground: New York Blacks and the Diaspora (volume 3 of the series, The New York African Burial Ground: Unearthing the African Presence in Colonial New York) history report.
She has published numerous articles and book chapters on African Americans, especially during the era of the Civil War. Her publications include:
The co-authored The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views .
She compiled and wrote the introductions to the edited two-volume work. The Price of Freedom: Slavery and the Civil War - Volume I , and The Price of Freedom: Slavery and the Civil War - Volume II .
She serves on the board of the Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, the Ulysses S. Grant Association, the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois), and the Abraham Lincoln Institute.
The Lincoln Society & the Lincoln Depot Museum in Peekskill Present.....
Lincoln Remberence Day Events: February 20, 2016
Featured exhibit at the Lincoln Depot Museum
Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 PM
110th Anniversary Parade and Celebration
2010 Parade (above).
CONTACT: Will Walsh, Esq., 914-714-4427
Please contact us for more information.
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.
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"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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