Saturday, February 12, 2011
Huntley Lincoln Speech Helps Mark Start Of Civil War Observance
He was one of many around the country reciting the speech at the same time that a crowd gathered at Springfield's old railroad depot to recreate the day before Lincoln's 52nd birthday in 1861 when he boarded a train for Washington to assume his pivotal presidency. Friday's event marked the start of the nation's observance of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. (Sesqui: Latin for "one and a half"; Centennial: Latin again for "100" and "year".)
Local organizer Dottie Bobzin said the idea for the Sun City reading was just a bolt from blue one day. "It seemed like a good thing to do," she said.
No one knows if all the people who read Lincoln's speech simultaneously set a new Guiness Book of World Records mark for that sort of thing. The currently record stands at 223,363 but it'll be at least a couple of weeks before the Guiness people can tote up Friday's effort, according to Bobzin.