ABRAHAM LINCOLN returning to JANESVILLE next Sunday!
ABRAHAM LINCOLN in the person of Lincoln presenter, VERNON RISTY, will be coming from ILLINOIS to join in the celebration of the SESQUICENTENNIAL – 150th anniversary of his visit in 1859.
LINCOLN came to Rock County from Milwaukee where he had spoken at the WI STATE FAIR. After a speech in BELOIT, he came home with WILLIAM TALLMAN to Janesville. He gave a speech in JANESVILLE on Saturday, October 1, 1859. Having missed his morning train on Sunday, October 2, LINCOLN attended the Service at FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH with the Tallman family. He stayed overnight with the Tallman family leaving on the Monday morning train to CHICAGO.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN is going to EXPLAIN how he came to speak and this miss his Sunday morning train, be sure to HEAR Lincoln’s report next Sunday in the 9:50 am Service of Worship at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Also, learn about the NEW LINCOLN PENNY being released through 2009 – the BICENTENNIAL year of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and the CENTENNIAL of the issuance of the first LINCOLN PENNY. VERNON RISTY is an award-winning nationally recognized Lincoln presenter.
The FIRST BRIGADE BAND, the oldest re-created Civil War brass band which plays original music from the band books of the period on original antique instruments, will be participating in the 150th anniversary celebration too. The Band will play at First Congregational United Church of Christ (54 South Franklin Street) starting at 9:30 am before the CELEBRATIVE SERVICE which starts at 9:50 am., lead a parade from the church to the LINCOLN-TALLMAN HOUSE after the luncheon which is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and then play a concert at the LINCOLN-TALLMAN HOSUE. (NOTE: Parker High School auditorium is the RAIN location.) The band concert is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
I am looking forward to the privilege and responsibility of being the speaker in that Service next Sunday. I am convinced that ABRAHAM LINCOLN’s religious faith was key to his leadership of our United States through the testing of the CIVIL WAR. Lincoln’s ability to engage persons of various attitudes and behaviors was key! I am convinced that Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” provides us with very meaningful information and perspective on healthy and healing LEADERSHIP for a nation which is polarized and at CIVIL WAR. (NOTE: Goodwin’s book is now available in paperback and other formats.) I would urge every US citizen today – 2009 – to read it with all deliberate speed.
ONE MUST give careful attention to the message of ABRAHAM LINCOLN’s Second Inaugural Address which was delivered on Saturday, March 4, 1865 just over one month before the surrender at Appomattox (April 9, 1865). Tragically, Abraham Lincoln was shot while attending Ford’s Theatre on Friday, April 14 (NOTE: This was GOOD FRIDAY.) He died the next morning after lingering through the night at The Peterson House across the street from Ford’s Theatre – it was Saturday, April 15, 1865. Yes, exactly 6 weeks after Lincoln had delivered his Second Inaugural Address. Lincoln’s message concluded with a very strong poignant statement of RECONCILIATION to be his policy after the tragic Civil War,
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” Read the whole text of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.
One must ask, “Was Abraham Lincoln assassinated because of his attitude and policy of RECONCILATION?” It is very interesting to note that his contemporaries in 1865 were KEENLY AWARE of the religious significance of the days for CHRISTIANS with the shooting on Good Friday. On EASTER (Sunday, April 16, 1865), clergy throughout the nation drew parallels between the execution of Jesus of Nazareth (Good Friday) and his resurrection (Easter) and the assassination and “symbolic resurrection” ("Now he belongs to the ages.") of Abraham Lincoln. There are many sermons available online from that EASTER.
The JANESVILLE CITY COUNCIL recognized the celebration on Sunday, September 27, 2009, stating, “Now, therefore, let it be resolved 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.”
That Resolution takes note 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. CLICK ON THIS LINK for full details on the 150th anniversary celebration coming next Sunday.
ALERT! JIM HAY, the sparkplug of this very special 150th anniversary celebration next Sunday, will be the GUEST ON AIR with STAN MILAM on the 10 am CDT segment of THE STAN MILAM SHOW (1230 AM) tomorrow. This is another chance to learn more about this very significant tie of JANESVILLE, WI with the life of ABRAHAM LICOLN.
And then, PETE SKELLY of Janesville, President of the Wisconsin Lincoln Fellowship and a member of the LINCOLN WISCONSIN BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION, will be live ON AIR with Stan Milam at 11 am CDT on Tuesday, September 23.
IF you are not able to listen live on air to these segments, there are always the podcast uploads later on the same day as the segment is on air – check: posted online later the same day as the segment is ON AIR – CHECK THIS LINK.
Here we go… 7 days and counting…
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.