This talk will explore the connections Abraham Lincoln has to several historic buildings within the 42-county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, all of which are open to the public, including the Oglesby Mansion. Each site links today’s visitors with a place Lincoln lived, a home of a Lincoln friend or colleague, or a spot that illuminates Lincoln’s era and legacy in central Illinois. This talk is based on Holst’s book of the same name, newly released by SIU Press.
Erika Holst is the Curator of Decorative Arts and History at the Illinois State Museum. She holds an master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. Her previous publications include Wicked Springfield: Crime, Corruption, and Scandal During the Lincoln Era and Edwards Place: A Springfield Treasure.
Each year Oglesby Mansion Players present “President Grant’s Visit to Decatur” for area fifth grade school children.
The performances are scheduled for April 29 – May 3, 2019, at the Mansion.
Mon, Apr 29; 9:30 and 11:00
Tue, Apr 30; 9:30, 11:00, 12:30
Wed, May 1; 12:30
Thurs, May 2; 11:00
Fri, May 3; 11:00
Four characters are portrayed in Jennifer Wilson’s historical play. After the play each actor is interviewed by the students, and questions are answered in character to reflect life only up to 1880, the year of Grant’s visit. Governor Oglesby has been asked how long it took to get to the California gold fields, was he injured in the Civil War, and how did he meet President Lincoln. Mrs. Oglesby was asked if the children had pets, could the students talk to her children, and what is an academy. President Grant was asked if he had ever been injured in the wars, what was his horse’s name, and why was he wearing tennis shoes.
Students and chaperones are then given a tour of the mansion, and then they return to the present, to learn from our docent about the Mansion’s restoration and preservation. If you’re a lucky fifth grader or an Oglesby Mansion patron then you can see the play later this year. However, if you can’t attend then you can get a sense of the play and the Oglesby Mansion by viewing the video below. Video and photo credits: Virginia Kickle
Save the Date!
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
The Decatur Club, 158 W. Prairie Ave, Decatur, Illinois
Join us to celebrate our 10th year of this fun event! We will start the evening with appetizers and a silent auction on the mezzanine at the Decatur Club.
Appetizers are followed with four gourmet courses prepared just for you! The first four courses will be paired with a fine wine and a craft beer. You will vote after you determine which beverage pairs best with the gourmet food.
Proceeds from this event help promote and maintain the Oglesby Mansion. Please join us for a fun evening!
Join Governor Oglesby Mansion, Inc. as it works to restore and maintain the Gov. Richard J. Oglesby Mansion.
Download and Print the Governor Oglesby Mansion, Inc. Membership Card and mail it to us at 421 W. William St., Decatur, IL 62522.