This guy is hot.
His face is all over the place. Everyone is talking about him. He would be People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, if only he were alive.
He is Abraham Lincoln, and let's give it up, ladies and gentlemen, for our hip and happening 16th president!
Currently he stars on the big screen in the epic movie "Lincoln," which is earning raves from critics and fans alike. Even Oscar has developed a major man crush on old Abe. "Lincoln" led the field in Thursday's Academy Award nominations with 12 nods.
Here in the Inland Empire, Lincoln-mania has taken a real hold, with a number of big events in the works, starting with Saturday's "Day of Living History" at the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library in San Bernardino.
Day-long festivities include live performances of Civil War-era music, battle re-enactments, and appearances by period re-enactors including Abraham Lincoln himself, who will recite famous speeches, tell stories and hand out collectible uncirculated Lincoln pennies to all students in attendance.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library, 555 W. Sixth St. The Historic Marine Brass Band will perform starting at noon, and Lincoln, portrayed by veteran re-enactor William Peck, will speak at noon and 2 p.m.
Admission is free to the event presented by the Feldheym Central Library and the American Civil War Society.
Also at the library, a touring national exhibit titled "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" continues through Jan. 31. And the library will host additional "Living History" events this month including appearances by Don McCue, director of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands, who will speak on this year's "150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation" at 6 p.m. Tuesday; the Rev. Dennis Brown who will present a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at 6 p.m. Wednesday, and Robert Martin who will present a tribute to Civil War-era social reformer Frederick Douglass at 6 p.m. Jan. 22.
The fact is, Lincoln always is a big deal in the Inland Empire, thanks to the beautiful Lincoln Memorial Shrine on the grounds of A.K. Smiley Public Library in downtown Redlands. It's the largest Lincoln memorial and museum west of the Mississippi, which means the Inland Empire is a sort of Western Land of Lincoln.
The shrine is open daily except Mondays, so Lincoln is honored here year-round, year in and year out. An architectural work of art itself, the shrine is full of Lincoln and Civil War exhibits, documents and artifacts both great and small, and it is a wonderful place for the whole family to visit.
In an event affiliated with the shrine, this year's 81st annual gala Lincoln Memorial Association Dinner takes place starting at 5:45 p.m. Feb. 12 at the University of Redlands Orton Center. Featured speaker is John Marszalek, executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association. Tickets are $50 and available to the public. More information: 909-798-7632.
So ... let's review, shall we?
Go see "Lincoln" the movie again, and get your tickets for the big Lincoln Dinner in Redlands, and Saturday head to the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library. and meet the living image of Lincoln himself. More information on the "Day of Living History": 909-381-8238, www.sbpl.org.
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