Statehouse & Civil War Sesquicentennial Events : Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Greatness
The year-long Ohio Statehouse Sesquicentennial celebration continues with a visit from “Abraham Lincoln” to the Ohio Statehouse 150 years to the day after his February 13, 1861 visit.
Abraham Lincoln traveled through more than 83 cities and towns in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Maryland on his way to Washington from February 11-23, 1861. This 150th anniversary program highlights the concerns, fears and hopes Lincoln felt as the nation teetered towards secession and civil war. Abraham Lincoln re-enactor, Fritz Klein, will give a portion of the actual speech that Lincoln delivered to a standing-room only crowd on this exact day, in this exact place, 150 years ago. It was also on this very special day in 1861 that Lincoln received notice that the Electoral College vote had gone his way; he was, in fact, President-elect. During his time in Columbus, Lincoln stayed at Governor Dennison's family home.