"The Wit and Wisdom of Abe Lincoln" with Bob Gleason


February 16, 2019
02:00 PM until 03:30 PM


Abraham Lincoln was an autodidact who started life in poverty in New Salem Illinois. He worked as a rail-splitter while reading the law and engaging in other studies. Soon, he became a shop keep, and through further hard work and study raised himself to the position of a prairie lawyer and finally to the Presidency of the United States. In this role, he undertook the task of holding the Union together throughout the moral and constitutional crisis that was the American Civil War.

In his portrayal as Abraham Lincoln, Bob Gleason will talk about the formative years of this great man through his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd, the beginnings and development of his abolitionist view point, and his first, though not very successful trip to Congress. Discussion points will lay out the causes leading up to the war, both societal and economic and major events and turning points within the War itself. Gleason will expand upon how he raised himself up from his humble beginnings to become the man who managed to pass the emancipation proclamation, to unite a splintered nation, and reaffirm through his Gettysburg Address the nation’s dedication to freedom, democracy and equality.

Since 1980, Bob Gleason has presented programs featuring nearly 150 historical figures, stretching over 2000 years of history. These programs have taken him from Washington D.C. to San Diego, California, and from El Paso, Texas to Milwaukee, Wisconsin (21 states, so far). He has performed at the White House Visitors Center, The Smithsonian Institution, Constitution Hall, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Ford’s Theatre, Independence Hall, The National Constitution Center, The Union League of Philadelphia, Valley Forge National Park, Federal Hall in NYC, numerous historic sites, and a long list of schools, libraries and other venues public and private. He lives near Lansdale, PA with his wife of 35 years, and a large stock of costumes, props, and books. 

This program is free. No registration is necessary.  Seats are on a first come basis. This program is funded through the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.




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