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ABRAHAM LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ~ 2008 & 2009

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ENDORSED BY
THE RHODE ISLAND BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION
Appointed By The Governor

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The Governor Sprague Mansion, in Cranston, Rhode Island, will host various programs starting in 2008, as fundraising events to prepare for their participation in the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration being planned across the United States.    The series of events are co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (RI MOLLUS), Elisha Dyer Camp No. 7óRI Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) and Auxiliary No. 2óRI Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (ASUVCW).    The Cranston Historical Society and Rhode Islandís oldest chapters of the Civil War Historical organizations invite all Rhode Islanders to participate in these memorable activities.    The Governor Sprague Mansion is Rhode Islandís primary Civil War historic site.    Governor William Sprague was Abraham Lincolnís number one War Governor at the outset of the War between the states.    Sprague married Kate Chase, daughter of Salmon P. Chase, Lincolnís Secretary of the Treasury.    The Spragueís of Rhode Island were among the most prominent visitors at the White House during the War.    Sprague single-handedly prepared the state for the Civil War and created all of the regiments from Rhode Island that fought in the Civil War, which Civil War veterans called the "late unpleasantness".

The events scheduled for 2008 are fundraising programs to prepare for the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Sprague Mansion Gala sponsored by these four organizations.    The Chairpersons of the Lincoln Bicentennial Sprague Mansion Gala Committee are Lydia Rapoza, CHS; Gregg Mierka, RI MOLLUS; Gregory Payne, RI SUVCW Elisha Dyer Camp No.7 & Linda Payne, RI ASUVCW Elisha Dyer Auxiliary No.2. The Bicentennial Gala Committee members are Herbert Zakrison, John OíLeary, Rev. Raymond Ferrick, John Duchesneau, Sandra Moyer, Mary Mierka, Thomas Casey Greene, Henry A.L. Brown, Robert Allen Greene, Maggie Downs and Henry Duquette.

ENJOY EVENTS HONORING AMERICA'S 16TH PRESIDENT
2008 & 2009
The Following Events Starting in 2008
Lead Up To and Through The 2009 Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration

2009

Wednesday, Feburary 11, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.:
"Your Best Quotes by Abraham Lincoln"

The Governor Sprague Mansion in Cranston, Rhode Island, invite you to join the Cranston Historical Society and the RI Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (RI MOLLUS) for an evening of "Your Best and Favorite Quotes by Abraham Lincoln" with audience participation.    Our special guest will be newly-elected Mayor of Cranston Ė Allan Fung.    Bring your favorite Abraham Lincoln quote(s) or short essay to share at this informal gathering, honoring Lincolnís 200th birthday (he was born February 12, 1809) to Governor Spragueís on FEBRUARY 11 at 7:00 p.m. at 1353 Cranston Street.    Before the Civil War broke out, Governor Sprague was the first governor to offer his militia to President Lincoln for defense of Washington DC against the rebels.    For his foresight, he is known as the "first volunteer of the Civil War".    He is also called "Lincolnís War Governor".    Light refreshments - Donation: $6.00.

This event is part of the fundraising programs during 2008-2009 to prepare for the Sprague Mansion Gala scheduled for September 12 Ė detailed information to be announced soon.    All of these events are co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (RI MOLLUS), Elisha Dyer Camp No. 7 - RI Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) and Auxiliary No. 2 - RI Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (ASUVCW).    The Cranston Historical Society and Rhode Island's oldest chapters of the Civil War Historical organizations invite all Rhode Islanders to participate in Rhode Islandís memorable activities scheduled throughout the State during 2009.    Our events are endorsed by the Rhode Island Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission rilincoln200.org.

For more information and if you would like to help us prepare for the Governor Sprague Mansion Gala and becoming a sponsor, contact CHS President Lydia Rapoza at lrapp1@verizon.net or (401) 944-9226; or RI MOLLUS State Commandery Commander Gregg Mierka at RIBatteryA@verizon.net or (401) 944-9226.

July or August--Date to be announced.
2nd SPRAGUE MANSION CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT
100th ANNUAL GOVERNOR ELISHA DYER CAMP No. 7 FIELD DAY
Lincolnís War Governor Takes Command Celebration

Abraham Lincoln appointed Governor William Sprague to take command of all Rhode Island troops sent to defend Washington D.C in July 1861.    William Sprague and Ambrose Burnside led Rhode Islanders at the "First Battle of Bull Run".    To commemorate the event, a Civil War Military living historyódrillóhardtack & coffee is scheduled on the grounds of the Governor Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston Street, Cranston, Rhode Island.    Families are encouraged to attend and stroll the grounds; brief demonstrations, lectures& camp life will transform the grounds into an afternoon of Rhode Island Civil War History honoring Abraham Lincoln and Governor Sprague.    Flag raising ceremony.    Featured speakers to be announced.    Watch for our announcement closer to event date.

Saturday, September 12, 2009: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Sprague Mansion Festivities
Guests will attend the Honor of Abraham Lincoln Reception at the Governor Sprague Mansion for music and song.    Note:
This event will be held at the Sprague Mansion and grounds.    More information (ticket sales and final schedule) will be available soon.

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LOOK WHAT WE'VE DONE ALREADY
TO HONOR "OLD ABE"

2008

Sunday, February 17, 2008:
The President Abraham LincolnóMary Todd Lincoln High Tea at the Governor Sprague Mansion

The first of the Sprague Mansion events honoring President Lincoln is scheduled in 2008 to commemorate Abraham Lincoln and Rhode Islandís Civil War Governor William Sprague.    The High Tea will commemorate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln.   Lincolnís favorite cake will be served!    The Sprague Mansion is located at 1351 Cranston Street, Cranston, Rhode Island.    The event will start at 1:30 p.m. and end approximately 4:00 p.m.    Thomas Casey Greene, a concert pianist and RI descendant of General Nathanael Greene, will be the honored guest musician for the afternoon.    He will play a selection of period music on the Sprague Mansion grand piano, accompanied by recorders Sharon Albert and Marion Anderson, and viola Jennifer Saila.    The program will include "The Sprague March", The William SpragueóKate Chase Sprague wedding march and several other Civil War Period musical selections.    In addition to an afternoon of music, poems will be read by students from the Cranston Public Schools Drama Departments.    The Sunday tea is by reservation only, $25.00 per person for adults; $7.00 for children under 17 yrs., all checks payable to: RI MOLLUS, and addressed to 1351 Cranston Street, Cranston, RI 02920.
(401) 944-9226.    The reservations deadline is February 10, 2008.

Sunday, July 20, 2008:
Lincolnís War Governor Takes Command Celebration

Abraham Lincoln appointed Governor William Sprague to take command of all Rhode Island troops sent to defend Washington D.C in July 1861.    William Sprague and Ambrose Burnside led Rhode Islanders at the "First Battle of Bull Run".    To commemorate the event, a Civil War Military living historyódrillóhardtack & coffee is scheduled on the grounds of the Governor Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston Street, Cranston, Rhode Island.    Families -- parents & children -- are encouraged to attend and stroll the grounds; brief demonstrations, lectures and camp life will transform the grounds into an afternoon of Rhode Island Civil War History honoring Abraham Lincoln and Governor Sprague.   Featured speakers to be announced.    A flag raising ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 13, 2008:
Lincoln Visits Rhode Island

A Sprague Mansion Celebration
A lecture symposium, commemorating Abraham Lincolnís visit to Rhode Island by train, and his stops in Woonsocket and Providence.    The event pays tribute to Lincolnís visitation to Rhode Island and honors the birthday of Governor William Spragueís birthday.    Participate in an evening of speakers and discussion as well as light refreshments at the historic Civil War Governor Sprague Mansion.

ALL EVENTS CO-SPONSORED
&
SUPPORTED BY

Battery A Unit Association 1st RI Infantry Unit Association

RI Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States

RI SUVCW Elisha Dyer Camp No 7 RI ASUVCW Elisha Dyer Auxiliary No 2

EVENTS PLANNING TEAM
For Further Information Contact:

Lydia Rapoza, President-Cranston Historical Society office The Governor Sprague Mansion, and Elisha Dyer Auxiliary No.2 at:
(401) 944-9226 or lrapp1@verizon.net

Gregg A. Mierka, Sprague Mansion/CHS Board of Directors, RI GAR Civil War Museum/Sprague Mansion Carriage House, PCC-RI SUVCW Elisha Dyer Camp 7 & State Commander RI Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, RI MOLLUS at:
(401) 823-3726 or RIBatteryA@verizon.net

Gregory H. Payne, Captain, RI GAR Civil War Museum Battery A & 1st RI Vol. Infantry & PCC & Commander RI SUVCW Elisha Dyer Camp No.7 at:
(401) 647-9698 or Payne_and_Ink@verizon.net

Linda Payne, President RI ASUVCW Elisha Dyer Auxiliary No. 2 at:
(401) 647-9698 or Payne_and_Ink@verizon.net

Henry C. Duquette, Providence Brigade Band, Battery A, 1st RI Vol. Infantry and Chief of Staff, RI SUVCW Elisha Dyer Camp No. 7 at:
(401) 568-4383 or henrycd@cox.net

All events are open to the public. We hope to see you at the Governor Sprague Mansion for
The 2009 Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration

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