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Trailside Celebrates the Wit and Wisdom of Abe Lincoln, Feb. 15

County of Union

Monday, February 11, 2013 • 5:21pm

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce a special program for adults, 18 and older, at Trailside Nature and Science Center on Friday evening, February 15. “The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln,” a dramatization and lecture by Bob Gleason, will usher in Presidents Day weekend from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program is made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Pre-registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Bob Gleason has been with the American Historical Theatre since 1991. Since that time he has been featured at the White House Visitors’ Center, Ford’s Theatre, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institute and other national institutions. His four-octave talents have made him a popular dramatist at schools and museums, as well as a good will ambassador touring the United States and Germany.       

“We are proud to offer such premier talent for this portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, as part of the 2013 Winter Adult Program Series at Trailside,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “We hope that many people will enjoy this engaging and enlightening historical presentation.” 

Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President, was a revered leader and team builder. Bob Gleason will bring the depth of Lincoln’s character to light, as we discover the personal side of this historic figure. The program covers Lincoln’s formative years, his courtship and marriage, the beginnings and development of his abolitionist views, and his first, not very successful trip to Congress. Discussion points include the causes of the Civil War, major events and turning points of the war, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Gettysburg Address. 

For additional information about “The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln,” or other adult programs or upcoming events at Trailside, call 908-789-3670 or visit www.ucnj.org/trailside.  Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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