Lincoln bicentennial celebration events

 

Abraham Lincoln makes a fine destination venture for a day or more to learn how his Southern Indiana life - ages 7-21 - influenced decisions he made as a public servant. Starting in Lincoln State Park, Lincoln City, at the splendid new Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Plaza, absorb his growth philosophically and physically amidst sand on stone inscriptions on 6-foot-4 limestone pillars flanking an 8-foot-6 limestone cylinder, a bronze bust and life-directional cornerstones set within a grove of trees. The Lincoln Amphitheatre continues this interconnecting theme with an absorbing multidimensional new dramatic work, Lincoln nightly (except Mondays, until Aug. 15; www.LincolnAmphitheatre.com; 1-800-262-4223). A fine Lincoln-related art and artifacts exhibit fills the old gift shop. Also experience the home of Col. Jones, young Abe's employer, a living historical farm and the memorial to Nancy Hanks Lincoln surrounded by recreational facilities, Plus, check out the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial (nps.gov/libo), Buffalo Run Farm and Grill & Gifts on property where Lincoln's cousin Dennis Hanks lived (www.legendaryplaces.org/buffalorun). For a bit of nostalgic whimsy and superb chocolate treats, stop at Santa's Candy Castle in Santa Claus, Ind. Abe would have loved this 70-year-old magical site (www.SantasCandyCastle.com). Check for overnight lodging at 888-444-9252. More info: www.interpretiveservices.IN.gov; www.IN.gov/history; www.IndianasLincoln.org; www.ThinkLincoln.org.

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