Lincoln Commemoration

Posted by Tim Parker on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 9:54pm.    1429 Views

Commemoration of Lincoln in Repose at Ohio Statehouse

A special commemoration of the Repose of Abraham Lincoln in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda will take place Tuesday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB).

The day will be marked with a re-enactment of the day former President Abraham Lincoln was viewed in repose during Ohio’s state funeral after his assassination in 1865. A photo exhibit will also be available. The event is free and open to the public.  - Unidentified Spokesperson for CSRAB.


A Good Commemoration Can Change Your Understanding

A commemoration is a remembrance expressed in the form of a ceremony.  A popular means of this type of expression is through re-enactment, think great civil war battles or presidential debates.   The best ceremonies involve displays, speeches, and other such teaching aids.  When you attend a good commemoration you get the feel of the circumstances surrounding the event in question and get to witness the event itself in person.  Spend a little time looking around and you can actually find yourself empathizing with the people who were originally involved.  You leave a good commemoration with a lot more knowledge about the event itself and, because of the immersion, an ingrained understanding beyond what you might have had through more standard educational methods.

Get Involved, Grow Through Participation

We have all been taught about President Abraham Lincoln.  His multiple failures coming up, his election as President, his leadership through our Civil War, and his assassination.  Most of what we know comes from reading and listening to our teachers.  We may have even learned a bit watching a movie, but none of us were there.  No one alive can explain to us what it felt like to learn about the death of our President.  We can't leach from the emotional re-telling of a witness to the actual events, but we can attend a re-enactment.  

This event, on Tuesday, has the potential to enhance everyone's understanding of the extent of the country's mourning of the death of a sitting President.  To enter the great Rotunda at the Ohio Statehouse is usually an intimidating experience in itself.  To enter this grand place with the purpose of grieving and expressing condolences for the President of the United States will have an effect.  The pictures and descriptions will help you fully immerse yourself in the experience.  I don't know how you could go to this event and not come out of it with a deeper understanding of the event and the experience of the people of Ohio from that time.

Or, you might just think that attending an event like this is like witnessing bad performance art and you will stay home.

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3 Responses to "Lincoln Commemoration"

Josh Holcomb wrote: This sounds kinda morbid but cool. I think I'll take the kids.

Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 9:16am.

Tim Parker wrote: Josh,
When I first heard of this event, I thought the same thing, "kinda morbid", but changed my mind as I looked into other similar re-enactments. There is something about immersing yourself into a situation that can change your entire perception and overcome all pre-conceptions. Something like the assassination of a President affects everyone in the Nation and we share an intense emotional response. The funeral tour of the President's body allowed us to grieve together.
I hope that you and your children take full advantage of this opportunity, it might just change you and will definitely intensify your understanding of the mood of the nation in the Spring of 1865.

Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 9:25am.

Greg Hancock wrote: Josh, Tim, agree with you both,

History is full of "morbid" things, but too, it's important to remember lest we forget. I consider Lincoln's assassination on occasion as he's one of my personal heros. The man had amazing character and integrity during one of our country's most difficult times. I prefer to set aside the "creepy" factor, and muse on what it took to wrestle with issues of the magnitude he did in his day and manage with grace, wisdom, fairness and fortitude.

Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 9:50am.

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