My father studied our 16th president. Dad was a Lincoln fanatic as well as a civil war enthusiast. He wasn’t a fan of the theater, he’d rather sit with a book, but he would’ve loved this show. As I watched Danny Russel perform his one-person show “Abraham Lincoln: Hoosier Hero,” I could feel the presence of my father. I imagined him seated next to me, nudging me, and whispering, “That’s true, he’s right”, or “Remember, when I told you that.” As Lincoln talked about why his family moved to Indiana, what took his mother’s life, and how he became known as Honest Abe, my dad would’ve looked at me and smiled knowingly – approvingly.

Lincoln talked

I said “as Lincoln talked” in the last paragraph because I was transported back to 1863. I wasn’t watching a play by Danny Russel. I was watching Mr. Lincoln hold forth.

You may not know this, but Mr. Lincoln was well known for his humor and practical jokes, and he shared that side of his personality with us. He also shared the tragedies in his life, his love for America, and his commitment to equality.

A Special Place in my Heart

Gettysburg holds a special place in my heart. My father and I spent four days there a few years ago. My dad took me to the battlefields and shared his knowledge. We stood where Lincoln gave the Gettysburg address.  

In June, my siblings and I took my father’s ashes to Gettysburg. My brother had secured a permit to spread my dads’ ashes on the Indiana 27th Infantry monument. Dad would have loved it. He also would have loved it that my brother, sister, and I spent a long weekend in Gettysburg.

Near the end of the show, Mr. Lincoln talked about Gettysburg. With a catch in his voice and tears in his eyes, he shared what Gettysburg meant to him. When he was done, I wiped a tear from my eye. Like I said, my dad would’ve loved this show.

My father would’ve wanted everyone to see this show because if you don’t know these things about Abraham Lincoln – you should. If you’re a history buff, you should see this show, but you don’t have to be a scholar of Hoosier history to enjoy this performance. If you love good theater, you’ll appreciate this show.

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Shows:

Sunday, August 22, 2021

3 p.m.–4 p.m.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

6 p.m.–7 p.m.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

9 p.m.–10 p.m.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

6 p.m.–7 p.m.

Shows

Sunday, August 22, 2021

3 p.m.–4 p.m.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

6 p.m.–7 p.m.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

9 p.m.–10 p.m.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

6 p.m.–7 p.m.