150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address in Springfield

If you weren’t at Sixth and Jefferson Streets in Springfield at midnight, you missed out on a chance to be among the first to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

It was a quick mother-daughter road trip for two of those in attendance. “Being members, we follow the Lincoln museum on the web site,” said Lori Ham, an Indianapolis fourth-grade teacher who came to Springfield with her mother just for the event. “Lincoln spent a part of his life in the state of Indiana,” said history buff Ham. “Lincoln is a staple as far as teaching Indiana history to my students.”

Ham, here with her mother, says she is fated to love history; she turns fifty years old this Friday. That’s right, she was born on Nov. 22, 1963.

Perhaps 500 people took advantage of free activities between 7 p. m. and midnight Monday, though fewer than 100 were in the museum plaza to hear Springfield Lincoln presenter Fritz Klein recite the address.