Abraham Lincoln will visit Sunapee this month

Lincoln Presenter Steve Wood, Claremont, stands next to a statue of a beardless Abraham Lincoln at the site of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debate in Alton, Illinois.

Sunapee will get “A Visit With Abraham Lincoln” this month.

The event will take place on Monday, January 24 at the Sunapee Methodist Church on Lower Main Street at 1 p.m. It’s sponsored by the Sunapee Seniors and the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

At the Sunapee Seniors’ second meeting of the month, Steve Wood of Claremont will portray Lincoln and will give a talk centered around Lincoln’s 1860 visit to New Hampshire that included stops in Concord, Manchester, Dover, and Exeter.

Steve Wood has portrayed Abraham Lincoln at historical societies, libraries, schools, and community events since 1995.

He and his wife Sharon are members of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, which recognized Steve and Sharon as the Best Abraham and Mary Lincoln Team for both 2003 and 2006.  And Steve took second place in the Lincoln Look-Alike Contest held in Hodgenville, Kentucky in 2000.

Since retiring from the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, after nearly 30 years as an Extension Educator in Forest Resources, Steve has been devoting more time to his historical presentations of Abraham Lincoln, says Joe Internicola, president of the Sunapee Seniors.

The program on the 24th is open to all. The Sunapee Seniors will offer light refreshments after the program.

Photo: Steve Wood, Claremont, stands next to a statue of a beardless Abraham Lincoln at the site of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debate in Alton, Illinois. Wood and his wife were there in 2008 attending an annual convention of the Association of Lincoln Presenters.

Steve notes, “The Debates, during which Lincoln was running against Stephen Douglas for the position of Senator from the state of Illinois, helped Lincoln gain national attention and set the stage for his presidential bid two years later.”

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