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Peekskill's Lincoln Depot Memorializes Anniversary Of President's Death

Legislator John Testa with Lincoln at the Annual Lincoln Society Ceremony in February.
Legislator John Testa with Lincoln at the Annual Lincoln Society Ceremony in February. Photo Credit: Flickr User jgtesta22
The Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Depot.
The Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Depot. Photo Credit: File

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Two days of ceremonies, honors and tributes are taking place on the exact 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's death and the location his funeral train passed will be taking place on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at the Lincoln Depot Museum at 10 South Water Street in Peekskill.

Adding to the event's intensity will be an historically exact replica of the martyred president's coffin made by Batesville Casket Company. The coffin will be on display at the Lincoln Depot Museum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. There will be a nominal $5 attendance fee. Museum members will get in free.

Specific highlights will include:

* Speeches each day at 2:30 pm., with Jamie Malanowski will give a talk on Lincoln as Hero and Myth on April 25. Malanowski is author of "And the War Came," "Six Months That Tore America Apart," and "Abraham Lincoln, Outlaw Hero." He has written for Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Washington Monthly. On April 26, John Muranelli will give a talk on "The Murder Plot To Kill Lincoln." Muranelli is a leading expert and researcher on Ford's Theater, the conspirators who assassinated Lincoln, and John Wilkes Booth.

* The Lincoln Museum Exhibit, Lincoln and New York: The Indespensable Relationship, will be on display. · Visitors will get to see the coffin that is an exact reproduction of the one that carried Abraham Lincoln to his final grave at a site his funeral train actually passed.

The Lincoln Depot Museum is one of the only intact sites of the scores where Lincoln stopped and spoke on his way to and back from Washington. A multi-million-dollar facility, the 160-year-old building features an abundance of exhibits, including period Lincoln photographs, letters signed by Lincoln and Civil War era artifacts and ephemera. The event is being held by the Lincoln Depot Museum in cooperation with The Lincoln Society.

This event marks the official opening of the Lincoln Depot Museum for the 2015 season and will be its first full year in operation.

For more information, contact John G. Testa at (914) 760-9773, or go to the organization's web site at www.lincolndepotmuseum.org.

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