In celebration of President’s Day weekend, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum offer a special “Lincoln Living History Day” on Sunday, Feb. 16.
To the delight of guests of all ages, a Living History character portraying President Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Pacific Railroad Act more than 150 years ago, will roam throughout the Railroad Museum providing guests with thoughtful dialogue and his unique historical perspective about the exhibits and offerings at North America’s most popular railroad museum. For instance, Lincoln will certainly share his insights about the new 150th anniversary of State Parks exhibit as he was the one who signed the Yosemite Grant Act in 1864, protecting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove and ceding them to the State of California as the nation’s first State Park (although it is now a national park).
Also a lifelong and ardent supporter of the railroad, President Abraham Lincoln will deliver two entertaining and history-rich presentations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for museum guests interested in learning more about the issues of the day and the compelling series of events that led to the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, the most nation’s ambitious civil engineering feat up to that point.
The Lincoln events are free with museum admission ($10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 17, free for children 5 and younger).
About the California State Railroad Museum
Operated by California State Parks with financial assistance from the non-profit California State Railroad Museum Foundation, the California State Railroad Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas,and New Year’s Day.
Widely regarded as North America’s finest and most popular railroad museum, the complex of facilities includes the 100,000-square-foot Railroad History Museum plus the reconstructed Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station and Freight Depot, 1849 Eagle Theatre, and Big Four and Dingley Spice Mill commercial buildings in Old Sacramento.
For more information visit csrmf.org or call (916) 445-6645.