Friday, March 27, 2015

Museum to Hold Program “The Lincoln Funeral Train”

Abraham Lincoln's funeral train left Washington on April 21, 1865. It would essentially retrace the 1,654 mile route Mr. Lincoln had traveled as president-elect in 1861(with the deletion of Pittsburg and Cincinnati and the addition of Chicago). The Lincoln Special, whose engine had Mr. Lincoln's photograph over the cowcatcher, carried approximately 300 mourners. Willie Lincoln's coffin was also on board. Willie, who had died in the White House in 1862 at age 11, had been disinterred and was to be buried with his father in Springfield.  A Guard of Honor accompanied Mr. Lincoln's remains on the Lincoln Special.   

 The Versailles Area Historical Society invites you to our opening Speaker Series Program of 2015 to be held at the Museum.  Author and lecturer, Scott Trostel, of Fletcher, Ohio, will be speaking. He will be giving a presentation based on one of his books, "The Lincoln Funeral Train". Scott is the author of more than 46 books, and has appeared on the History Channel, worked behind the scenes with Hallmark Productions and provides historical consulting to several film and media networks as well as the Library of Congress.

 The program is free, open to the public and will be, Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2 p.m. Mark your calendar and don't miss this presentation. For more information call the museum at 937-526-4222 or check us on facebook.