By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
---- — The Rush County Historical Society and Rush County Genealogical Society are combining efforts to bring “An Evening with Lincoln” event to Rushville.
Lincoln, the nation’s 16th President, has been one of the country’s most cherished and talked about presidents, from his stand as civil rights activist to his untimely death at the hands of a Presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth at a Washington theater.
Lincoln had a humble beginning with many of his formative years spent growing up in Kentucky and Indiana before settling in Illinois. He served as lawyer, U.S. Representative and ultimately President.
A little known fact of the 16th President of the United States is that he also was an accomplished wrestler and is enshrined in the wrestling hall of fame after been defeated only once in nearly 300 matches.
According to Lincoln presenter Dean Dorrell, Lincoln was certainly the tallest, arguably the funniest, claimed to be the homeliest and the greatest President in the history of the Union.
Dorrell, the 2002 Best Abraham Lincoln as decided by the Association of Lincoln Presenters, will be the featured at the local event.
The event will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the 201 Building, located on Main Street in Rushville.
According to John Wilson of the R.C. Historical Society, the event is free and open to the public although free will donations will be accepted and donations will be presented to the Rush County Community Assistance Food Pantry.
The roughly 90-minute program will conclude with a birthday cake in celebration of what would be Lincoln’s 205th birthday.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.
What: An evening with Lincoln When: 7 p.m. Feb. 12 Where: 201 Building Admission: Free - although free will donations and canned goods for local pantry accepted