Idaho was created when President Abraham Lincoln established Idaho Territory on March 4, 1863; and its citizens have  been commemorating 150th Anniversaries connected to the national observance of the Civil War Sesquicentennial which is ending in April 2015. Unfortunately, this four year period of remembrance also includes the tragic assassination of President Lincoln on April 14, 1865...a few short weeks after his Second Inauguration on March 4, 1865  and after  the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. Volunteers from several of  the Gem State's historical organizations have planned three special events for April 15, 2015 as a tribute to our 16th President and everyone is invited to particpate and attend.


(1) "Idaho Remembers the Life and Legacy of President Abraham" is the first of the free events taking place on Wednesday, April 15,2015 starting at noon. At that time Idahoans will join the rest of the nation in recounting the life, achievements and sacrifices of Abraham Lincoln by marking the 150th Anniversary of his tragic death with a wreath-­laying ceremony  taking place at the century-old Lincoln Statue on the Capitol Mall.


The program will start with a prayer by Rev. Hank Webb from St.Paul Baptist Church in Boise, followed by opening remarks and pledge of allegiance from former Lt. Governor and  Attorney General David H. Leroy, There will be a presentation of a wreath by the Idaho Civil War Volunteer Color Guard at the base of the Alphonse Pelzer bronze "Emancipator" statue which had been originally installed at the Old Soldiers Home in 1915 and was relocated to its current location atCap itol Blvd and Bannock Street in downtown Boise by the Idaho Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.


The  presentation of the wreath will be followed by a brief address by the the Honorable Stephen S. Trott, Senior Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and comments by State House Representative Linden Bateman (District 33B, Bonneville County). A  closing invocation will be delivered by Idaho Civil War Sesquicentennial Commissioner Frank W. Krone. There is a planned 21 ­gun salute by the Honor Guard of the Idaho Civil War veterans,  followed by a three ­minute ringing of the bell at the State Capitol as Idaho adds its tolling to the scheduled nationwide ringing of the bells across the nation to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Loss of President Lincoln. The "Emancipator" Lincoln statue  is located at Capitol Blvd and Bannock Street in downtown Boise. For more information check out Idaho Civil War 150th Commission's website at http://idahocivilwar150thanniversary .yolasite.com/ .


(2) Then everyone is invited to a special two ­hour Open House at the Idaho State Historical Archives located at 2205 Old Penitentiary Road in Boise, starting at 3:00 PM in the special  "A.Lincoln: His Legacy in Idaho" exhibit where David H. Leroy and the staff from the Idaho State Historical Society will be on hand to lead free special tours through over 200 artifacts and historical documents that reveal significant connections between our 16th President and Idaho A large portion of . "A.Lincoln: His Legacy in Idaho" was donated by David and Nancy Leroy in 2012 to the Idaho State Historical Society as a gift to the people of Idaho. This special Open House is free and open to the public . Go to: http://www.history.idaho.gov/abraham­lincoln­exhibit


(3) Idaho’s daylong tribute to Lincoln will conclude with an hour-long multi-media presentation by the Idaho Civil War Round Table starting at 6:30 pm.  Idaho Civil War 150th Anniversary Commissioners (IDCW150)  KC Piccard and Frank Krone will present a special free program on "The End of the Civil War: From Appomattox to Assassination and Beyond” and will include a short documentary,Civil War music, a discussion about the Conspiracy to kill President Lincoln, and a special announcement about K.C. Piccard’s research and  discovery of Idaho's special link to the Hunt for John Wilkes Booth and other conspirators. Location: Main branch of the Boise Public Library at 715 S. Capitol Blvd.  


Organizations and individuals who are participating in this event include: David H. Leroy, the Honorable Stephen S. Trott, K.C. Piccard, Frank Krone, Rev.Hank Webb, Commander Skip Critell, The Idaho State Historical Society, Idaho Civil War 150th Anniversary Commission, Angela Webb, State Farm Insurance, Idaho Civil War Volunteers, Boise Public Library and Jim Howell from Audio Services. For more information please contact K.C. Piccard

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