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Abraham Lincoln Program: A New Birth of Freedom

Mr. Lincoln portrayer Kevin Wood, will present "A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln's Abiding Call" on Monday, October 2 at 6pm in the Community Room at Robey Memorial Library. This program is free to the public and sponsored by the Allamakee County Historical Society and Robey Memorial Library.

One hundred and fifty years after the American Civil War, it is still important for us today to remember those people and events which had a great influence on the development of our nation. And whom better to hear that story from than that period's greatest protagonist, Abraham Lincoln?

Adults and children alike will enjoy hearing a first-hand account from Mr. Lincoln himself of the history of the USA from our establishment in 1776 through the end of the Civil War in 1865. This was a remarkable time of new ideas, tremendous change, and exciting growth in our young country. Yet at the same time, this period was also marked by great conflict and an uncertainty about our future as a people and a nation. In fact, our bold experiment in democracy, founded upon the ideals of liberty and equality, appeared destined to failure by 1854. Events of that year, however, compelled Mr. Lincoln to re-enter politics and begin a long fight for the renewal and eventually an expansion of those great ideals, or in his own words, for a "new birth of freedom".

One of our nation's most beloved and esteemed historical figures, Mr. Lincoln quotes from his best-known speeches and writings, while also providing some surprising and interesting perspectives. As you contemplate Mr. Lincoln's story, you will likely gain a greater appreciation for the need to be vigilant still today to maintain the ideals of liberty and equality. And while Mr. Lincoln talks about history, he also talks about "his story": growing up on the frontier, his great desire to learn, the different jobs he had, why he liked to tell stories, what he keeps inside his hat, etc.

Mr. Lincoln is portrayed by Kevin Wood, a professional Lincoln presenter who bears a remarkable resemblance to "the Great Emancipator" and who is extremely knowledgeable about his life and times. Mr. Wood also writes a blog – "Loath to Close... Still!" – which encourage others to reflect upon and learn from President Lincoln's life and legacy. For more information, visit www.mrlincoln.com.

Please contact Robey Memorial Library with questions about this program: (563) 568-4424 or www.waukon.lib.ia.us.