President Abraham Lincoln turns 210 years old today. The sketch above is one I drew in character as Harper’s Weekly Special Artist Correspondent James Allen Davis at the Landis Valley Museum in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in July of 2004. I was invited to come out from California to represent the “period press” at the Museum’s annual Civil War Days event.
I spent part of my childhood in Lancaster and visited nearby Gettysburg, the Lincoln Memorial, and many other historic sites as a kid. It was a real treat to go back decades later in period costume and participate in a living history event at an authentic restored 19th century town near where I grew up. If you are ever in that part of the country, a visit to Lancaster and the Museum is well worth your time.
President George Washington’s birthday is coming up on February 22, so the national Presidents Day holiday will be observed this coming Monday, February 18th. Whether you have three or four days off this weekend, enjoy your time off and reflect on the legacy of your favorite President(s). Think about how you can best participate in public life. You can make a difference in your community.
Have a great holiday weekend!
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