Lincoln-era ball planned for February
An 1860s Period Ball in celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Sixth and Jefferson streets.
Festivities will include antique instruments, 140-year-old music, Civil War-era fashions and the cutting of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday cake.
The 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Band will perform with antique instruments. Capt. Todd Cranson will conduct with a baton used by the leader of the Second Iowa Cavalry Band that performed for Abraham Lincoln.
The band will appear in full 1860s attire. Authentic 19th-century clothing, including Civil War dress uniforms and hoop skirts, is encouraged but not required for guests.
Deborah Hyland of St. Louis will teach dance steps to those unfamiliar with the dances of the era.
Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln re-enactors are expected to be among the dignitaries in attendance.
Punch, coffee and birthday cake will be served.
Eli’s Cheesecake Co. of Chicago will create a special cake for the occasion.
Performances of the museum’s show, “Ghosts of the Library,” will be offered during the ball. Both exhibit “journeys” highlighting Lincoln’s life will be open for tours as well.
The event is free and open to the public. For reservations, call 558-8934.