Lincoln Remembrance Day 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019 was the Annual Lincoln Remembrance Day event by The Lincoln Society in Peekskill and co-sponsored by the Lincoln Depot Museum.

The annual event commemorates the visit of President-elect Abraham Lincoln on February 19, 1861 when his Inaugural Train stopped in Peekskill. The President–elect stepped onto a baggage cart and was surrounded by an honor guard of cadets from the Peekskill Military Academy. Lincoln spoke to the large crowd and then continued his trip to New York City and eventually to Washington DC.

Since 1903, the Lincoln Society in Peekskill has commemorated this event and in recent years, the actual speech has been recited by a Lincoln Impersonator. This year, the tradition continued with a short ceremony at the recently restored Lincoln Exedra on South Street in Peekskill that was constructed in 1925 and served as the location to remember the Lincoln visit. It overlooks the original Peekskill Train Depot on S. Water Street, where Lincoln made his historic stop. Since 2004, the original depot was acquired from the private owner and was fully restored and transformed into the Lincoln Depot Museum.

After the short wreath laying ceremony at the exedra, the festivities continued at the museum, where Lincoln himself (portrayed by Michael Macedonia), gave the actual speech from 1861. Shortly after the official ceremony ended and refreshments served, a fully packed museum was on hand for a wonderful historic presentation by local historian Kirk Moldoff entitled “Art, Industry and Scientific Innovation in 19th Century Peekskill: The Lincoln Depot As An Eyewitness to Change”
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