Shultz to speak at Lincoln Luncheon

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New officers installed at Feb. 12 luncheon

By Linda Ireland

This year’s annual Lincoln’s Birthday Commemorative Luncheon, sponsored by Lincoln Days, returns to the basics.

In 2008 and 2009, lofty plans were made by federal agencies to celebrate the 199th and 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

An ice storm canceled the kickoff in 2008. Another ice storm in 2009 created havoc for the entire state and forced organizers to change plans in Hodgenville. The unveiling of a new Lincoln penny was shifted from the Birthplace Park to the high school.

Despite the weather and cancellations from other agencies, the Lincoln Days luncheons proceeded and were well-attended.

On Feb. 12, the catered luncheon celebrating the 201st birthday of Lincoln will begin at noon at the LaRue County Exten-sion Office on Old E’town Road.

The menu includes roast beef and gravy, potatoes, green beans, pretzel salad and white and chocolate cake prepared by Wrolen Pin.

Guest speaker will be Scott G. Shultz, chief of interpretation and resource management at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park. Shultz spent the last seven years in a similar position at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., site of Lincoln’s assassination.

Shultz said he has been fascinated by Lincoln since he was a boy growing up in Columbus, Ohio. He majored in history and political science at High Point College in North Carolina. He obtained his master’s degree in American history with a concentration on the antebellum Civil War period.

Tickets are $15 and available at the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce/Lincoln Days office and The Lincoln Museum. Tickets are limited to 90 due to space concerns. Proceeds from the luncheon are used in production of the Lincoln Days festival in October and the scholarship program.

New officers and directors for Lincoln Days Celebration, Inc. will be installed and the Richard Burks Lincoln Heritage Award will be presented during the hour-long program.


Lincoln Days memberships are being sold. Members may vote for board members. Dues are $5 per year or $100 for lifetime. Additional charge is required for businesses.

For more information, call Opal Dail at 358-8710.