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Lincoln Society in Peekskill

Founded 1903

Barbara Kerasiotes: President
P.O. Box 2097
Peekskill, N.Y. 10566

Barbara Kerasiotes


"Dedicated to perpetuating the name, ideals, and memory of Abraham Lincoln and to foster and encourage patriotism"

Lincoln Day Celebration 2017
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SAVE THE DATE for our Annual Lincoln Dinner: April 8, 2017
ANNUAL LINCOLN SOCIETY DINNER: Saturday, April 8,2017: Colonial Terrace, 6:00 PM Guest Speaker: Author and Lincoln Scholar: Dr. Brian J. Snee: Lincoln Before Lincoln! ALL DETAILS TO FOLLOW:

Dr. Brian Snee was born and raised in Scranton PA. He earned a BA from the University of Scranton, and a MA and PhD from Penn State University. He is Professor of Media Studies and Director of the First-Year Program at Manhattanville College, where he created the Department of Communication and Media. He is the author of Lincoln before Lincoln (University Press of Kentucky), and the editor of Michael Moore and the Rhetoric of Documentary (Southern Illinois University Press) and The Rhetoric of the New Political Documentary (Southern Illinois University Press). His research has been published in numerous academic journals and scholarly anthologies, and he has presented research at academic conferences from Boston to San Diego and from Orlando to Seattle. He is currently researching a book about two Lincoln films (Young Mr. Lincoln, 1939, and Abe Lincoln in Illinois, 1940) that were produced in order to influence the outcome of the 1940 presidential election and to change American public opinion about intervening in WWII. He lives in Peekskill, NY, with his wife, Janell Borrison. He has three children: Jackson, 15, Bella, 12, and Emma, 5.

113th Anniversary Annual Presidential Banquet,
April 8, 2017
LOCATION: The Mansion at Colonial Terrace 119 Oregon Road Cortlandt Manor, NY.
6:00 PM
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brian J. Snee
followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Snee,
Lincoln and Civil War Painting Art Exhibit, by
Paul R. Martin III

Lincoln Sculpture Exhibit, by
Richard Masloski

Cocktails 6:00 - 7:00
Dinner and dancing to follow.

$100.00 per guest,
Black tie optional
RSVP by March 28, 2017

ALL Funds will support the Lincoln Society in Peekskill!

Re-enactors attending the dinner dance in period clothing or uniforms. Please contact Paul Martin, 914-245-8903.

email Paul Martin

or CONTACT: Barbara Kerasiotes, 914-646-6967
email Barbara Kerasiotes 
 RSVP: March 28, 2017 (Limited capacity @ this event; reservations will be processed on a first come/ first served basis)
Click here for photos of Celebration 2007

PARADE 2006 Click here for photos of Parade 2006

CELEBRATION 2005 Click here for photos of Celebration 2005


2017 Guest Speaker, Dr. Brian J. Snee

SATURDAY, April 8, 2017

Remembered as the Savior of the Union, Abraham Lincoln is one of America's most revered presidents. There have been tens of thousands of books published about him since his death, but he has proved to be a surprisingly daunting subject for filmmakers. Despite a wealth of biographical material, relatively few full-length motion pictures have taken the man and his life as a primary subject. In this detailed study, Brian J. Snee provides a sweeping overview of the cinematic representations of the sixteenth president from the silent era up to Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012)―a film which, he argues, marks a seismic shift in the way Hollywood presents the Great Emancipator on-screen. Snee focuses on six of the most popular and influential movies and TV miniseries of the twentieth century to address the life of Abraham Lincoln―The Birth of a Nation (1915), Abraham Lincoln (1930), Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), Sandburg's Lincoln (1974–1976), and Gore Vidal's Lincoln (1988). Snee examines how each work has contributed to public memory of the president, addressing issues of production, textual construction, and audience reception, as well as their contemporary historical contexts and underlying cultural theory. The absence of video and other recording technology during Lincoln's lifetime forever shrouds his mannerisms, thought processes, and interactions with his peers and advisers. That man, Snee argues, is lost to history. This fascinating book offers a revealing and groundbreaking assessment of how Hollywood has imagined and reimagined America's greatest president on-screen, contributing to the popular image and myth of the legendary man.

Dinner Dance 2016

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Annual Dinner Dance: April 9, 2016: Special Keynote speaker: Dr. Edna Greene Medford


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The Lincoln Society & the Lincoln Depot Museum in Peekskill Present.....
Lincoln Remberence Day Events: February 20, 2016

2015 Exedra Ceremony

The Civil War in Art by Richard Masloski and Paul Martin

Featured exhibit at the Lincoln Depot Museum

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 PM

110th Anniversary Parade and Celebration


2010 Parade (above).

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CONTACT: Will Walsh, Esq., 914-714-4427
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Re-enactors, Please contact Paul Martin, 914-245-8903 for more information.
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Celebration 2008

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PARADE 2006 Click here for photos of Parade 2006

CELEBRATION 2005 Click here for photos of Celebration 2005

2007 Speaker, Debbie Applegate


GRAND OPENING! Lincoln Depot Museum: October 18, 2014: 11:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Lincoln Exedra and Lincoln Depot Museum Ceremony: February 20, 2016

Annual Dinner Dance: April 9, 2016: Special Keynote speaker: Dr. Edna Greene Medford

Lincoln Depot Museum Spring 2016 Opening: April, 2016, Exact Date TBA: Lincoln Depot Museum

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Thank You!

NEW Lincoln Statue in Peekskill

An original sketch (left) by Paul R. Martin III and sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. by
Richard Masloski. (right)

Both of the artists' images were inspired by the historical writings describing Lincoln's visit to Peekskill. Martin's sketch was used for the LSIP's 2005 invitation card and is currently available as a limited edition fine art print. Masloski's sculpture will soon be on permanent display at the new Lincoln Train Depot Museum along the Peekskill waterfront. COMING SOON!

On SATURDAY October, 27, 2007 at 11:00 AM, the Lincoln Society in Peekskill dedicated the new Lincoln statue and monument at the Lincoln Train Depot Museum in Peekskill. Former Governor George Pataki, Peekskill mayor John Testa, Lincoln Scholar Harold Holzer, sculptor Richard Masloski and other dignitaries and citizens were on hand as a beautiful sculpture of our 16th president was unveiled and dedicated to commemorate president elect Lincoln's stop and speech in Westchester County in 1861.

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Bugler and SUV member Bob Frese and members of the 79th NY Infantry Regiment help dedicate the Lincoln Statue. (L-R) Lt. Gary Lehning, Tom Bierly, Ralph Langham and Lenny Witrock.

Lincoln Depot Foundation Civil War Encampment


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"That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Lincoln was elected President in November of 1860. During his trip from Illinois to Washington for his inauguration, he traveled by train east to Albany and then south through the Hudson valley to NYC, Philadelphia and Baltimore. At his stop in Peekskill NY , at the Peekskill Train station, Lincoln addressed a supportive crowd from a specially prepared platform erected on a baggage car. There, he sensed the difficult times the nation appeared to be heading towards, when he said:

“In regard to the difficulties which lie before me and our beloved country, if I can only be as generously and unanimously sustained as the demonstrations I have witnessed indicate I shall be, then in my management of public affairs, I shall not fail: Without your sustaining hands I am sure that neither I nor any other man can hope to surmount these difficulties. I trust that in the course I shall pursue, I shall be sustained not only by the party that elected me, but by the free, intelligent and earnest support of the patriotic people of the whole country.”

Michael E. Griest as Lincoln, recites Lincoln's address to the people of Peekskill.

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The Mystic Chords of Memory, stretching from every battlefield, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Historical Artist, Paul R. Martin III
recites part of Lincoln's First Inaugural Address at The Lincoln Society's Annual Dinner in February of 2001.

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan-to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves and with all nations.”

Lincoln' Second Inaugural Address.

Peeksill Mayor John Testa addresses the crowd at the rededication of the Lincoln Exedra Monument on South Street with LS board member John Rainey.

“When those little gray eyes and face were lighted up by the inward soul on fires of emotion, then it was that all those apparently ugly or homely features sprang into organs of beauty. Sometimes it did appear to me that Lincoln was just fresh from the hands of his creator.”

William H. Herndon

Peekskill Train Station and Lincoln Portrait by Paul R. Martin III

(Founded 1903)
Barbara Kerasiotes, President
P.O. Box 2097
Peekskill, N.Y. 10566


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