PRESIDENT LINCOLN HOLDS TOWN HALL MEETING,
AS PART OF LINCOLN CITY’S ANTIQUE WEEK
Provided by Lincoln City Cultural Center
LINCOLN CITY – What American wouldn’t love to have a conversation with Abraham Lincoln? What would you ask, if you had the chance? That chance is coming up soon, when actor and historian Steve Holgate brings his “Lincoln Town Hall” to the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
The event, part of the city’s annual Antique Week, will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10. In this program, Holgate will give a 30-minute opening presentation on Lincoln’s presidency, featuring selections from Lincoln’s most famous speeches, including the Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural address, then opens the floor to questions from his audience members, who take on the role of Civil War-era journalists.
Holgate, an actor of 40 years’ experience, has been a Lincoln presenter for 12 years, and loves to offer his audiences rare insights into the life of Abraham Lincoln, including his personal tragedies as well as some of his favorites jokes and even his poetry. He can discuss the president’s years in the White House, the dark era of the Civil War and the momentous decisions he was forced to make.
“President Lincoln” will be giving the same program to fifth and sixth graders at Oceanlake Elementary School and the Lincoln City Seventh Day Adventist School, in an outreach program sponsored by the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
The evening performance, starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the center, is open to the public. Admission is $5 for adults, and free for children under the age of 12.
Praised as “the best Lincoln in America,” Holgate has a remarkable resemblance to the 16th president, enhanced by costume and makeup. He has appeared in Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho as well as overseas, earning praise from the Portland Oregonian, Corvallis Gazette-Times, Albany Democrat-Herald and Vancouver Daily Columbian. Thousands have seen him perform live, and many others on “A House Divided,” the special aired on OPB Television.
The LCCC’s “Lincoln Town Hall” is part of a full Antique Week schedule, coordinated by the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Center. The center will also host a workshop on antique toys, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10. On Monday, Feb. 13, antiques expert Harry Rinker will host an appraisal clinic from 10 a.m. to noon, also at the Lincoln City Cultural Center ($10 for one item, or three for $25). To sign up for either of those educational opportunities, call Molli Clarkson at 541-557-1110. For a full schedule of Antique Week events city-wide, head to www.oregoncoast.org/antique-week/
For information on the LCCC, call 541-994-9994 or head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.