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NECC to Commemorate Abraham Lincoln

NECC will commemorate the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years later on Tuesday, April 14 at the Hartleb Technology Center, Room 103A on the Haverhill campus.

The program will run from 9:15 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. with a variety of events, which are free and open to the public. This program is part of the 2014 – 2015 Speakers’ Series, “Movers, Shakers and Opinion Makers,” that is supported by the NECC Fund as well as Academic and Student Affairs.
Activities include the following:
-9:15 a.m.: Opening ceremony will be held with a welcome from President Lane Glenn, remarks on Lincoln by Richard Padova and a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Theater Professor Jim Murphy.
-9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Guest speaker Dr. Heather Cox Richardson, Professor of History at Boston College, an expert in 19th century America and the Civil War and the author of five books about American politics, will give a presentation entitled “Abraham Lincoln and the Meaning of America.”
-10:45 a.m. to noon: A panel discussion featuring Professors Stephen Russell (“The Merrimack Valley in the Civil War”); Andrew Morse (“Lincoln and the Legislature”); and Thomas Greene (“Stake of the Union: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter”) will be held.
-noon: A staged reading of Act 3, Scene 2 of “Our American Cousin” will be held, followed by a moment of silence and conclusion of the activities.
-9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: A special display of Lincoln-related items from Richard Padova’s private collection will be available for viewing, which include a ballot that was cast in Ohio for President Lincoln’s re-election on November 8th, 1864; a playbill for “Our American Cousin” that was printed on the morning of April 15th, 1865 and circulated on the streets of Washington, DC to drum up ticket sales, after Mary Todd Lincoln informed John Ford that she and the president would be attending that evening’s performance at Ford’s Theater; and a handbill that was printed announcing Lincoln’s assassination with a memorial poem written by George DeWolfe, the Wandering Poet, of Nashua, N.H.

For more information, contact the organizer, Richard Padova, faculty member in the Global Studies Department at 978-556-3297 or

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