City of Lincoln
2005 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced plans for the City’s fifth annual Abraham Lincoln Celebration from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, February 20, at North Star High School. The Celebration is free to the public and will feature two performances on the main stage:
“This Celebration has become a tradition for many families in the area,” said Mayor Seng. “Because Lincoln is the largest city in the world to be named for Lincoln, it is important that we observe his birthday by learning more about his accomplishments and about the times in which he lived. We promise an educational and entertaining afternoon.”
Mayor Seng thanked the community donors who make it possible to offer the event free to the public. A volunteer steering committee headed by Cleve Reeves of Bahr Vermeer and Haecker has planned the Celebration. Producers are the City of Lincoln and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“In Thinking of America” combines letters, speeches and social commentary of the Civil War with songs from the era. The program was inspired by the lives of Trentham’s ancestors. Through research, he was able to identify 30 ancestors who had fought on both sides of the war. The California-based singer has recorded a CD entitled “Epitaph - A Collection of Civil War Songs.” Songs from that recording have been selected for The Civil War Experience™, a new reference CD-ROM developed by SouthPeak Interactive™ in conjunction with The History Channel® and the Civil War Preservation Trust®. Trentham has sung with regional theater and opera companies throughout the U.S. and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Philadelphia Academy of Music. More information is available at geocities.com/rdtrentham.
Browning is from Charleston, West Virginia and has been portraying Mary Todd Lincoln since 1996. Klein lives in Springfield, Illinois and has been portraying President Lincoln since 1976. He is considered by many to be one of the nation’s foremost Lincoln actors, appearing in 35 states for film and television, on stage and as a motivational speaker. More information is available at LincolnInstitute.com.
Also on the schedule:
A variety of Abraham Lincoln exhibits will be on display, and area Civil War re-enactors in authentic uniforms will mingle with the crowd and answer questions. Those attending are encouraged to wear costumes from the era. Refreshments and souvenirs will be available.
For more information, see the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov.