Abe Lincoln to live again at library

First Posted: 1/31/2009

Most everyone knows that Abraham Lincoln has been dead since 1865. And while he cant be brought back to life, the next-best thing could be on display this week in Mount Airy.
In recognition of the 200th anniversary of Lincolns birth on Feb. 12, the Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library will present Mr. Lincolns Office, a Visit With the President, Tuesday. The 50-minute program will be held in the multi-purpose room of the library at 6:30 p.m.
The event will feature a one-man show presented by veteran actor Peter Holland, who has been involved in numerous productions in addition to adapting and acting in the Lincoln program.
Hollands performance has been acclaimed by the American Institute for History Education for its convincing portrayal of the 16th president, which has been presented to audiences ranging from fourth-graders to senior citizens.
The story is set in Lincolns office at the White House in 1863. Aided by realistic makeup designed by Michael Meyer, Holland recreates Lincolns boyhood in Kentucky and Indiana along with his early political career, fight against slavery and election as president.
His show continues through the early years of the War Between the States, the Emancipation Proclamation and the creation of the Gettysburg Address.
Those events will be intermingled with jokes and stories from Mr. Lincoln, with Holland to be available for questions from the audience after the presentation while still in character.
Tickets for Tuesdays performance cost $5 and are available at the library.
In addition to the program there, Holland is scheduled to conduct a residency this week in various local schools.

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