It’s a place where President-elect Abraham Lincoln paused to greet well-wishers on Feb. 19, 1861 as his train took him through New York to Washington D.C., his first inauguration and destiny.
Now the Lincoln Depot Museum, a 3,000-square-foot former freight and passenger rail depot in Peekskill, will kick off its 2019 season with a series of events April 26 through 28. They include lectures and reenactments, with an appearance by Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant – or rather historian, and Friday lecturer, Kenneth Serfass (USMC Ret.) playing Grant.
A special feature of the weekend will be the official ribbon cutting of the newly completed Lincoln Depot Visitor’s Center Saturday, April 27 at 11 a.m. The center – which complements the 5-year-old museum – will include offices, additional displays, a gift shop and a meeting room. Funding for the entire project came from 2006 New York state grants under then Gov. George Pataki, a former mayor of Peekskill. The Lincoln Depot Foundation will operate the Visitor’s Center as part of its site lease with the city and plans to partner with local organizations to offer other events.
For more or to purchase a discounted Weekend Pass, visit lincolndepotmuseum.org.
– Georgette Gouveia