Local Lincoln historian and Collector of Lincoln memorabilia Robert F. Henderson joined other members of the So. Indiana Lincoln Community in attending the 100th Lincoln Day this past Sunday afternoon. The event was held at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City and drew a very large audience to mark the special occasion.
Ceremonies to honor Abraham Lincoln and his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, have long been a tradition at the site. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these consisted of reunions by surviving Civil War Veterans. Beginning in 1924 the Boonville Press Club began sponsoring annual programs. Initially held at the pavilion that was building near the grave site of Nancy Hanks Lincoln in 1909, the ceremony was later moved to the memorial building in 1944.
Keynote speaker for this year’s program was Dr. Christian McWhirter, Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. Following the program was the traditional Pilgrimage to the Pioneer Cemetery led by the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and placing of memorial wreaths at the gravesite of Nancy Hanks Lincoln.
Henderson is an active member in a number of Lincoln organizations and groups and has also been a regular contributor to various Lincoln related publications and newsletters through the years.