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Lincoln’s visit and ongoing legacy in Newark, NJ from 1861, 1865, 1916, 1961(and counting) with Daniel P Quinn.

In Newark Lincoln appeared here on the way to his Inauguration in 1861. We found a trove of newspaper clippings that we presented as part of our Tryp program from 1861–1961. There are 5 variants of the address Lincoln gave in Newark by various reporters that I found in my research. Lincoln’s visit was again memorialized again by a new batch of 1916. Those articles on the 50th anniversary of his visit also included an amazing story on the widow of the owner of Ford’s Theatre who relocated to NJ.

Even in 1961, his visit received major feature coverage again in New Jersey. My library now includes all these documents and a personal archive from my many trips to Ford’s Theatre when I lived in Washington, and a collection of articles on Lincoln by Herbert Mitgang over decades at The New York Times.

We will also talk about Gustav Bourglan who appears in my book Newark, Italy and me (Lulu 2019). We could drive to see Bourghlan’s Lincoln and the site where he spoke after our program and discussion including the Ward Coffee Company that opened in the 1860’s in Newark. as well. Our program will also include a view of the Newark Memorial to James Kearny in Military Park. There was also a wildly unexpected article that the City of Newark was opposed to the Civil War for economic reasons.

We will also see the site where Dutch Schultz was gunned down in Newark, and enjoy the ambiance of the former St. Frances Hotel from 1912 as a National Landmark and now Tryp Newark.

  1. Lincoln’s Funeral Train also came through Newark in 1865 as a nod to the Citizens of Newark that greeted him (that Lincoln himself noted on Broad St in 1861).

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