The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 8, 2013

Help celebrate Lincoln's day


DANVILLE — Lots of people around Danville knew Abraham Lincoln when he practiced law on the state’s 8th Circuit before he moved on to better and better things in Washington, D.C.

If Lincoln were in town when his birthday rolled around, chances are his local friends would have thrown him a party.

This weekend, local Lincoln enthusiasts can participate in two birthday parties — with cake — for the 16th president of the United States who would turn 204 on Tuesday.

Story Time with the Lincolns will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Danville Public Library.

Lincoln performers Max and Donna Daniels will be there as the president and first lady.

The library’s children’s department also will provide a craft for young ones to make.

The event also will feature Chris Vallillo, a folksinger/songwriter, who will chronicle Lincoln’s life in song.

The event is free.

On Sunday, the birthday action moves to the Vermilion County Museum where 384 birthday cards created by Vermilion County students will be on display.

Activities at the museum, 116 N. Gilbert St., begin at 1:20 p.m.

Awards will be given out to winners in the birthday card contest.

The event is free, and parking is available nearby.

Not many communities can boast of extensive ties to Lincoln as can Danville and Vermilion County.

This weekend’s special events are just another way to let today’s residents know about those ties to the past.