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Society presenting ‘Lincolns’

February 27, 2014
Salem News

Deerfield Historical Society will present "An Afternoon with President and Mrs. Lincoln" at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Deerfield Town Hall, 1450 state Route 225. Doors open at 2 p.m. A soup and salad supper follows. The public is invited to attend.

Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States on March 4, 1861. Fort Sumter was fired upon April 12, 1861, and the Civil War began. Four years later on Palm Sunday, April 9, 1865. General Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox Court House. It is Good Friday, April 14, 1865, as the President and Mrs. Lincoln prepare to attend the performance of "Our American Cousin" at the Ford Theatre.

Presenters are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald (Marilyn) Payn. Gerald is a life member of the National Association of Lincoln Presenters and has visited every place that Lincoln ever lived during his lifetime as well as a number of the Civil War battle sites and other related places. He is also coordinator of the Wayne County Civil War Roundtable and member of the Sons of the Union Veteran Given Camp #51.

Gerald stands 6'4" (same as Lincoln) and presents in costume in the first person on a variety of Lincoln topics including: Life of Lincoln, Lincoln and Law, Lincoln and Religion, Lincoln and Slavery, Lincoln and Politics, Lincoln's Education, Lincoln's Presidency, Preparation for the Presidency, Lincoln at Cooper Union, Lincoln and Agriculture and others. Emphasis is on the "human side" of Abraham Lincoln.

Marilyn will accompany Gerald in period dress as Mary Todd Lincoln and will gladly answer any questions regarding Lincoln's life. There will be a display of Lincoln memorabilia including period needlework that Marilyn does that would be similar to what Mrs. Lincoln would have done.

Cost is $10 per person. Reservations may be made by contacting at 330-654-2199 or



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