Lincoln comes to Kalamazoo

I have never been a huge Abraham Lincoln fan.

I understand the important role he played in history. I respect him for what he did. But there was something about the Civil War as a time period and part of history that never excited me. I love history (and studied it at college) but

But last week, I was able to write stories for work about Lincoln’s visit to Kalamazoo (the only he made in Michigan). What was so neat about it was:

a) Being able to write about history and make it relevant to readers in Kalamazoo.

b) Meeting and talking with a group of local history buffs and allow them to share something they are passionate about.

c) Writing this lead in a story (and having it be totally justified): Seven score and 16 years ago, Abraham Lincoln came to Bronson Park in Kalamazoo to give a speech at a Republican rally.

I have seen the film once and loved it. A great political film. After seeing it, walking home from the bar after having a couple drinks with friends to talk about it, I felt a renewed sense of Lincoln’s visit to Kalamazoo.

Oh, and here are links to articles that I wrote last week for MLive and the Kalamazoo Gazette.

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