Lunch With Lincoln

by WHIZ Reporter on February 17, 2012 at 5:54 am

With Presidents Day quickly approaching, The Putnam Underground Railroad Education Center treated visitors to a blast from the past.

The P.U.R.E. Center held an event today at the Zane State/O-U-Z Campus Center marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The "Lincoln Luncheon" featured special appearances from President Abraham Lincoln and Newark native Johnny Lincoln Clem.

We caught up with former President Lincoln before his speech Friday, where he shared a story about having to make quick decisions.

"I wasn’t President for even 24 hours, there was a letter there that was from a Major Anderson at Fort Sumter, and it was surrounded by these so-called Confederates, he says we’re running out of food," said Lincon-Impersonaltor, Robert Brugler.  "So I had to make decisions very, very early on in my administration."

Brugler made a presentation as the 16th President, along with Payton Seats, who portrayed Union Army drummer boy Johnny Lincoln Clem.

P.U.R.E. Center Founder Kathy Brantley said center guides and civil war re-enactors were in attendance, dressed in Civil War-period clothing.

Even the food served at Friday’s Lincoln Luncheon, Brantley said, was typical of the time.

"The Menu was set up as an outdoor picnic," said Brantley.   "We wanted to give an outdoor picnic theme because Lincoln was coming to visit and Lincoln did a lot of speeches at outdoor picnics. "

A silent auction was held during the Luncheon to benefit the PURE center.