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Lincoln Funeral Train exhibit coming to Troy

On April 21, 1865, a train carrying the coffin of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln leaves Washington D.C., on its way to Springfield, Illinois, where he would be buried on May 4.  The train carrying Lincoln’s body traveled through 180 cities and seven states on its way to Lincoln’s home state. In 1911, a prairie fire near Minneapolis, Minnesota, destroyed the train car that had so famously carried the 16th Presidents body to its final resting place. 

On September 10-13, 2015, 150 years after President Lincoln’s final journey, Troy Main Street and The Troy Foundation will showcase The Lincoln Funeral Train exhibit in downtown Troy.

The Funeral Train consists of a full-size reproduction of a 1860s era steam railroad locomotive, Number 63, named LEVIATHAN and tender. It was built about five years ago from plans provided by the National Park Service. It is a faithful reproduction to locomotives of the Civil War era as would have been used on the actual funeral train. Over 24 known locomotives pulled the original train. The funeral car, UNITED STATES, is a full-size reproduction of the original funeral car, built in 1864 for use by the president of the United States. President Lincoln’s only use of the car was to carry his remains from Washington D. C. to Springfield for burial. The reproduction UNITED STATES was completed in April, 2015 and used at Springfield, Illinois on May 2 and 3, 2015, to start the 150th anniversary procession and reenactment of the original Lincoln burial activities including the coffin in the car. The original car was destroyed in a fire in 1911.

This remarkable exhibit will take place over a four day period, Thursday, September 10th through Sunday, September 13th, and will be located on Short Street, alongside “Return Visit”, a 30 ft. sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and Modern Day Man, that has captured the attention of thousands of people as they visit our courthouse square and historic downtown.

The fee to view the inside of the train will be $5.00 per person, young children and kids in grades K through 12 will be admitted free.  There will not be a charge to view the exhibit from the outside.  School groups are encouraged to tour this extraordinary display on September 10th or 11th from 8:00am to Noon. Exhibit hours for the general public will run from Noon to 8:00pm Thursday and Friday and 10:00am to 8:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

As with any large exhibit, volunteers are needed to help with the planning and implementation.  If you or your community group would like to volunteer, please contact Diana Thompson at 937-339-1044.

For further information regarding the history of the Lincoln Funeral Train, contact renowned local author, Scott Trostel at 937- 368-2489 or rrhist@att.net.  For assistance with all other questions, contact Troy Main Street Executive Director, Katherine Hayes at 937-339-5455 or Katherine@troymainstreet.org.

Sculptures on the Square 2015

Return Visit is a 25 foot bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and a modern-day man.  This sculpture is of monumental scale and has never been exhibited outside of the artist’s retrospective exhibit in New Jersey.   Troy, Ohio will be the first city in the world to receive the sculpture for public viewing! Return Visit will be placed on display in Downtown Troy at the Miami County Courthouse for a period of six months.

The scholars of the Lincoln Fellowship requested that Seward Johnson create a commissioned life-sized sculpture for the historic Gettysburg Plaza, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Originally, the sculptor was asked to craft a portrait of Lincoln for the square. Johnson decided that he would like to enliven the connection between Lincoln and his ideas and today’s world. He accomplished this by adding the contemporary man (rumored to be Perry Como) to the composition.  In Gettysburg, Lincoln gestures up toward the window behind which he sat to write the Gettysburg address. The address is reproduced on the bronze paper held in the modern man’s hands.  In Troy, Lincoln will be gesturing toward the historic Miami County Courthouse. The sculpture was unveiled for the first time in the spring of 2014 at the J. Seward Johnson Retrospective at the Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey.   

The exhibition will remain on display through October.  Previous exhibits have been available for shorter periods.

This exhibit is on loan from the Sculpture Foundation, Inc. and is made possible by a grant from the General Fund of the Troy Foundation. Presented by Troy Main Street in partnership with the City of Troy and the Miami County Commissioners, Sculptures on the Square is a bi-annual public art exhibit in historic downtown Troy.  For further information, call 937-339-5455 or visit www.sewardjohnson.com.

Thank you to our 2015 event sponsors & supporters:
Alvetro Orthodontics | Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Company | Benefit Analysis Corp. | City of Troy | Clark, Schaefer, Hackett CPAs & Business Consultants | CoriGraphics | Erwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep | F&P America Manufacturing | Vaka & Scott Farrara | FIT - Fitness Institute of Troy | Four Sons Development | Arthur & Gail Haddad | Hook Elementary School | Gordon Orthodontics | ITW Foundation | Peter & Ruth Jenkins | Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance & Buckeye Insurance Group | KSM Metal Fabrication | Wanda & Bill Lukens | Christina & Robert O'Neal | Mauro Orthodontics | Mayflower Arts Center | Mayor Michael & Ginny Beamish | Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau | Miami County Park District | Miami Valley Veterans Museum | Ording's Party Time | Steve & Marty Baker | The Troy Foundation | Betty Reardon | Thom & Pat Robinson | Thomas H. Hartzell | Troy Area Chamber of Commerce | Troy CARSTAR | Troy Community Radio | Troy Development Council | Troy-Hayner Cultural Center | Troy Tribune | Unity National Bank | Upper Valley Medical Center / Premier Health | US Bank | World Digital Imaging | WYSO

Sponsorship Opportunities for the Troy Streets Alive, Taste of Troy, Hometown Halloween & Hometown Holidays / Grand Illumination are still available. Please contact Troy Main Street at 937-339-5455 for more information.
 

405 SW Public SQ
Suite 231
Troy, Ohio 45373

(937) 339-5455


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