PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Lincoln Depot Foundation will present the Official Public Grand Opening of the Lincoln Depot Museum at 10 S. Water Street, Peekskill on Saturday, Oct. 18.
The ribbon cutting and opening of the museum to the public will take place at 11 a.m.
For the remainder of 2014, the museum will be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.
Along with items related to President Lincoln and the Civil War, the museum highlights the contributions of local figures such as Chauncey Depew and organizations including the Peekskill Military Academy.
The exhibit, “New York and Abraham Lincoln: The Indispensable Relationship,” will not only show the impact of Lincoln to Peekskill and the Hudson Valley region but to New York as a whole. The importance of New York to Lincoln’s success will also be highlighted.
Since the acquisition of the historic building in 2003 and the formation of the Lincoln Depot Foundation in 2007, the goal of creating a museum and historic site has become a reality.
With the help of a $3 million NY Environmental Protection Fund and NY Empire State Development Corporation grants obtained in 2007, thanks to then Governor George E. Pataki, the Depot Foundation has completely restored and renovated the original Peekskill Train Depot that was the site of President-elect Abraham Lincoln’s visit on February 19, 1861.
The final phase of designing and creating the museum itself is now complete.
“We are proud of the result of our many years of hard work,” said Museum President John G. Testa. “There has been a tremendous amount of research, planning and collaboration to achieve this success. Although we faced opposition and setbacks at times, we were persistent and committed to making this dream a reality."
In November 2014, the first phase of site work to transform the grounds to the Lincoln Depot Plaza will begin.
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