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For further information contact Mary Chrastil, 260-982-0672wk, 260-982-1813 hm or


 NM Historical Society Celebrates Lincoln’s Birthday


On Monday, February 10, the North Manchester Historical Society will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday with a program featuring storyteller Doyne Carson, who will appear in character as Abigail Gollaher, a childhood friend of Lincoln.  The program is titled Lincoln:  Behind Every Man is the Boy He Used to Be.” The program will show how childhood events shaped and strengthened the character of our nation’s 16th President. 


The real Abigail Gollaher was the sister of Austin, best friend of Abraham Lincoln.  Each story is based on actual events from the life of Abraham Lincoln.  This program will lead you back in time to enjoy the mischief, memories and wisdom of the youthful Lincoln.  Carson reports that when Abigail tells listeners to "Walk with me back to Kentucky", students sometimes are so caught up in the program that they have actually stood up and followed Abigail.


Carson has been a storyteller for 22 years and is co-founder of the Tippecanoe Storytellers’ Guild in Lafayette.  She earned her BA from Hanover College and received training with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  The Historical Society especially encourages students and teachers to attend; the presentation provides material that pertains to the following Indiana Academic Standards:  Theater, English and Language Arts, and Social Studies.


The program will be held in the Assembly Room of Timbercrest Senior Living Community, 2201 East Street, at 6:40 p.m.  There is no cost for the program, which is free to the public.  All are welcome.  While many attend only the program, the public is also invited to come to the Assembly Room at 6 p.m. for a meal prior to the presentation.  For those who wish to attend the dinner, reservations must be made no later than noon on Friday, February 7.  The cost of the meal is $8.50.  Reservations may be made by calling Evelyn at 260-982-6777, Mary at 260-982-1813, or the Center for History at 260-982-0672.