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The North County News, January 31, 2001
Peekskill Set To Remember Lincoln With Events.

by Brad King

On Saturday, February 10 in Peekskill, The Lincoln Society will organize a full schedule of events to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

The Lincoln Society is a non-political, non-partisan, historical society and is the oldest Lincoln organization in the United States.

Festivities are free to the public and will begin at 9:30 AM with the raising of the flag by Boy Scout Troop One at the Field Stone library on Nelson Street. That will be followed by an awards ceremony for area student essay and drawing contests.

At 11 AM participants will assemble in front of the field Library for a march to the Lincoln Excedera Monument on lower South Street, which overlooks the site where Lincoln spoke during his historic train stop in Peekskill.

After the march, local historical artist and teacher, Paul R. Martin III, will offer a presentation of his work, along with historical commentary.

Martin explained where his passion for historical artwork originated. “At a young age I was taken by the romanticism of the Civil war and I’ve been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember,” Martin said. “As I grew up, I began to understand the importance and the tragedy of the men and women who suffered and died for what they believed in,” he added.

His original drawings and prints are on permanent display at the Robert E. Lee Civil War Research Center and Library, The Civil war Library and Museum of Philadelphia, and the Herbert Alumni Hall at west point

He has received many commissions and recently ended a one-man exhibit of his drawings at the Gettysburg Cyclorama Visitors Center Gallery, which ran through November 19, 2000.

Martin explained that the board for the Lincoln Society contacted him after one of its members saw his artwork. “They liked my work and asked me to give a presentation,” he said. “I’m so glad to be a part of it.” “My artwork honors those individuals who were involved in the Civil War and helps bring the importance of their efforts into the 21st Century,” Martin said.

Martin believes in the importance of remembering Lincoln’s achievements. “I am an admirer of the Gettysburg Address and moved by it,” he said. “Abraham Lincoln was one of our greatest presidents. He served during a pivotal crisis and crossroads in American History.”

After martin’s presentation, The Blue Mountain Middle school Select Choir, under the direction of Carol Arruci, will lead its talent for the first time at the morning festivities.

The public is invited to join the march and attend Martin’s presentation. Refreshments will be served. The day will end with the annual Lincoln Society Dinner dance.

The event begins at 6:30 PM at the Cortlandt Terrace in Cortlandt. For those interested in attending the dinner dance or for further information about the Lincoln Society in Peekskill, contact loretta Pelaia at 914-737-0666.

For more information about Martin’s works, you can call Silent Sentinel Studio at 914-245-8903

Mr. Martin speaking at The Lincoln Society of Peekskill.

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