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Celebrating Lincoln's visit to Janesville, WI on September 27, 2009

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John Eyster
August 25, 2009

The City Council's Resolution concludes, “Now, therefore, let it be resolve By the Common Council of the City of Janesville, on this 24th day of August 2009 that all residents of the City of Janesville should celebrate the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s visit to our community by recognizing his accomplishments as the 16th president of our country and his powerful voice to end slavery.”

Special note is taken of the fact that on Sunday, September 27, 2009 there will be special celebrations sponsored by First Congregational United Church of Christ of Janesville and the Rock County Historical Society at the Lincoln-Tallman House.

The Janesville Gazette reported on these events on Thursday (8/25) “Church plans celebration of Lincoln’s Janesville visit”.

Read through the overview of that celebration on the church's website for more information and details.

That celebration starts with music by the First Brigade Band starting at 9:30 am before the 9:50 am Service of Worship.

After the service, there will be a POTLUCK LUNCHEON open to the public!

Next, a parade with horse drawn carriage carrying Mr. Lincoln to the Lincoln-Tallman House will be led by the First Brigade Band. The Band will present a concert on the grounds of the Lincoln-Tallman House at 2 pm.

This is the 200th anniversary year of the birth of ABRAHAM LINCOLN. It is being celebrated robustly throughout the US through the whole year.

This is also the 150th anniversary of ABRAHAM LINCOLN’s swing into Wisconsin in 1859 as he started to campaign for US president. He spoke in Milwaukee and then came to Beloit and then came home with William Tallman to speak in Janesville. He attended the church service at the First Congregational Church with the William Tallman family. The actual dates of his visit to Janesville were October 1-3, 1859. The presidential election came on November 6, 1860 about 13 months later. Read US Presidential Election of 1860 in Wikipedia.

Truth be told, JIM & JANET HAY have been the sparkplugs for this celebration for WE THE PEOPLE of JANESVILLE, WI! of this HISTORIC EVENT! They have worked conscientiously with commitment to enlist involvement with and support of this 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's visit to Janesville, WI in 1859. THANK YOU, JIM & JANET!

I agree with the Janesville City Council that this anniversary ought to be a COMMUNITY celebration! I urge readers to join WE THE PEOPLE - citizens of Janesville, WI and area to join the celebration events on Sunday, September 27, 2009.

Here we go…

Mr. E.


John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Whitewater and an advocate for Project Citizen, a model curriculum for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.


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