Evansville’s Reaction to the Lincoln Assasination
On Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. on the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, noted Lincoln historian William E. Bartelt will present the lecture “From Glorious Rejoicing to Appalling Grief: April 1865 in Evansville.” This presentation will examine Evansville’s reaction to the national news from late April 9, 1865, when word of Robert E. Lee’s surrender was received, to Saturday April 15 when the citizens learned of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Evansville’s normal activity ceased as residents covered their homes and businesses in mourning draping’s and attended funeral ceremonies. This lecture is presented by the Vanderburgh County Historical Society and the Evansville Museum. For complimentary reservations, please telephone the Evansville Museum at 812-425-2406.
Talk to Commemorate V-E Day on 70th Anniversary
On Thursday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Evansville Museum on the eve of the 70th anniversary of V-E (Victory in Europe) Day, history writer and researcher Harold Morgan will present a talk recalling this momentous period near the end of World War II. Morgan will look at the more immediate events leading to up to V-E Day, including the D-Day invasion on the shores of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He will highlight the role of Evansville-built P-47 fighter planes and Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs); the LST-325; the Evansville and Sturgis, Kentucky, based 101st Airborne paratroopers; and General George S. Patton’s link to Fort Knox, Kentucky. This lecture is presented by the Vanderburgh County Historical Society and the Evansville Museum. For complimentary reservations, please telephone the Evansville Museum at 812-425-2406.
Renew Your Membership
The Vanderburgh County Historical Society invites and reminds you to renew your membership for 2015. Our society meets on an annual basis, sponsors public programs and events throughout the year, and is very active in consulting with public officials and private citizens about the need to preserve Vanderburgh County’s history. Promoting and protecting our county’s history is a big job and can only be accomplished with the support of people like yourself who care about the past, who know that our history defines our future as a community, and who believe that Vanderburgh County has a rich and colorful history that should never be lost, forgotten or even temporarily misplaced. Individual memberships begin at $20. You may join via PayPal by visiting our website at www.vchshistory.org.
Lincoln’s Almanac Trial
March 19th’s meeting of the Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable will feature a presentation on Abraham Lincoln’s Almanac Trial. Lincoln was a self-educated lawyer but an incredibly astute and successful one. His most notable criminal trial occurred in 1858 when he defended a man charged for murder. The principle evidence in the case was an eyewitness who allegedly saw the crime by the light of the moon, but was later contradicted by Lincoln’s quick-witted use of an Almanac. This presentation will examine how the myths of this dramatic case evolved and how Lincoln actually won the case. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19 at the Evansville F.O.P at 7:00 p.m. For more information please visit www.SICWRT.org.