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‘Lincoln’ to speak at Dr. James Ford Historic Home

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2018

The Dr. James Ford Historic Home welcomes professional actor Danny Russel to perform on Thursday July 12 at 6:30 p.m. Known for his historic character presentations, Russel will portray Abraham Lincoln and recount the 16th President’s amazing journey from a log cabin to the White House. Sponsorship for this event is provided by Mike and Sue Gray.

For nearly 30 years, Russel has specialized in portraying historical characters. During this performance, Russel (as Lincoln) will relate Lincoln’s life as a youth in Indiana (age 7 to 21) where frontier life was precarious, disease a constant companion and death a hovering presence. The portrayal will depict how Lincoln worked side by side with his father, mourned the loss of family members, read the books that opened his mind and developed a determination of spirit coupled with deep compassion for all people.

It was while living in the Hoosier State when Lincoln grew his love of learning, his skillful use of language, his sense of fairness, his opposition to slavery and his ability to lead a nation through its darkest days. How did Lincoln emerge from grinding poverty, numerous business failures and one undistinguished Congressional term to become our greatest president? How did he defeat slavery and preserve our Union? How did he win court cases, political arguments and the hearts and minds of a nation?

Admission for this presentation is $4 per person. Members of the Dr. James Ford Historic Home and children under 12 are admitted free. For more information, visit the Dr. James Ford Historic Home website at, or call the Honeywell Foundation Box Office at (260) 563-1102.