Lincoln at Pearson February 21

Simeon Francis, friend to Abraham Lincoln, served as paymaster for the Army’s Fort Vancouver from 1861 – 1870. Image courtesy of the Illinois Post Register

“Lincoln Remembered: A Pacific Northwest Birthday Bicentennial”

February 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Pearson Air Museum

1115 E. 5th St.

Vancouver, WA


In honor of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial, the Center for Columbia River History is hosting this free, family-friendly, educational program.

Vancouver’s Mayor Royce Pollard and the First Oregon Volunteers Color Guard will kick off the program at 1:00 p.m. Musician Doug Tracy will perform period music followed by Lincoln actor Steve Holgate presenting a living history press conference that connects past and present. At program’s end, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday will be commemorated with cake and song.

Visitors will learn more about Lincoln and the Civil War in the Northwest by visiting a series of stations:

–Historian Richard Etulain discusses Lincoln and the Pacific Northwest

–Musician Doug Tracy plays period music and discusses campaign songs

–Historian Elliot Trommald talks about Lincoln and race

–Lincoln actor Steve Holgate answers questions about Lincoln’s life

–School of the Civil War Soldier hosted by the First Oregon Volunteers

–NPS staff and volunteers host period games, activities, coloring table and stories

The stations will rotate in 15-20 minute increments. Doug Tracy’s performance of 1860s-era campaign songs will mark the transitions. This program will illustrate the role Vancouver, Washington played in the Civil War and in western settlement, while honoring the memory of Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s most revered presidents.

Free educational materials include a site bulletin about the Civil War era at Fort Vancouver, a timeline and bibliographies. Lincoln-themed books will be available for purchase at the Pearson Air Museum Shop

This program is co-sponsored by the City of Vancouver, the National Park Service and the Vancouver National Historic Reserve Trust, with the Oregon Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.


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