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Topic Sets to Study Abraham Lincoln His Life and Before the Civil War

CONTENTS SET B:

Topic Nine: The Lincolns:  A Pageant (Home Page)

Introduction

HAVE A PAGEANT IN YOUR CLASSROOM

       To help celebrate the birth of the 16th President, Feb. 12, 2007, my 3rd Graders are going to present their knowledge of the 16th President's life while living at Springfield, Il.  The classes did a study, while in 2nd grade of the President's childhood and life up through the move into Illinois in 1830.  Our city has a close connection with the Lincolns, as Thomas and Sarah Bush lived in close proximity to our city at what is now called Lincoln Log Cabin Historical Site.  We are also the site of a Lincoln-Douglas Debate.  Abraham's wife and children never visited Charleston, as far as we know.  Abraham was a regular visitor as lawyer and uncle to several nieces and nephews, and cousin Dennis Hanks.
       Our pageant will be introduced by Lincoln lawyer partner and friend William (Billy) Herndon.  He has left us with volumes of memories about Abraham Lincoln at Springfield, before Springfield, and while President.
      The pageant is organized into several short presentations (readings) by the students. 

       This pageant is presented as if all were living at once, which did not happen in real life, as can be revealed in birth/death dates.  This pageant can be presented as if all were living at once, which did not happen in real life, as can be revealed in birth/death dates.

Here are exact dates of family births and deaths for the family:

  •    Robert was born August 1, 1843.  He died July 26, 1926

  •    Eddie was born March 10, 1846.  He died February 1st,    1850

  •    Willie was born December 21st, 1850.  He died February 20, 1862

  •    Tad was born April 4, 1857.  He died July 15, 1871

  •    Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 and was assassinated April 14, 1865

  •    Mary Todd Lincoln was born December 13, 1818, and died at Springfield in Elizabeth's home, July 16, 1882

  •    Fido, the family dog was left at Springfield, and not taken to Washington D.C.  Many pets were acquired for the White  House.  Old Bob may have been taken to Washington, but we don't know for sure.  Abraham would often ride a horse called Jeff (actually was a captured horse of Jefferson Davis)

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