Springfield Campus Participates in 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Funeral and the End of the Civil War

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Becker Library will be surrounded–by Union soldiers!   On May 1-3 Benedictine University at Springfield campus will be transformed into an 1865 civilian encampment as hundreds of Union re-enactors pay tribute to President Abraham Lincoln. Cavalry bands will play and the historic Brinkerhoff Home will become a museum for period costumes. [Side note: George Brinkerhoff was a close friend of Lincoln’s.] Springfield will observe these days of mourning with a funeral procession on Saturday when the President’s coffin is received at the train station and the procession on Sunday which ends at his tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Other events celebrating Lincoln’s life and the end of the Civil War will be held in Springfield and the surrounding area, extending to the end of the year. These include concerts, interactive programs at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and symposiums. For further information: http://lincolnfuneraltrain.org/ Quiddity international literary journal will host “Lincoln Through the Arts” on May 1 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The musical selection “Gettysburg,” a double-choir piece sung to orchestra accompaniment, is a haunting and powerfully emotional piece of music composed by David Kneupper. “Gettysburg” melds together “Dixie” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” both of which Lincoln requested whenever he had official appearances and a band was present. Submitted by Pamm Collebrusco, April 2015

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