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Retracing Lincoln's Funeral Journey

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Raised by 3 people in 26 days
In 2015 Dave Kloke and his team at Historic Railroad Equipment Association unveiled a life-sized, historically accurate re-creation of the rail car that carried President Abraham Lincoln’s body home to Illinois for burial. Our goal was to retrace the 1,600-mile route from Washington, DC, to Springfield, Ill., for the 150th anniversary of that extraordinary journey by traveling over the road since many of the original railroad tracks are gone. We weren’t able to make that trip, although as PR director for the project I was proud that we were still able to share this remarkable experience with 53,000 visitors. But our mission to reconnect this key chapter in American history with the places where it happened remains unfulfilled. That’s where you come in!

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Although we won’t have the actual Funeral Car or locomotive with us, your donation will help us continue building awareness for this outstanding project by visiting the communities through which the Lincoln Funeral Train passed. We’ll start at Union Station in Washington, DC, on April 21 (the date the funeral train departed) and set out from there with cameras, stories, and a “trainload” of enthusiasm for sharing our story. On the anniversary dates, we’ll visit each major city where the train stopped in 1865, as well as many of the smaller towns along the way. We’ll chat with local Lincoln lovers and bring the tour to all of you via Facebook live videos, posts, tweets and website updates.

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Large posters of the Funeral Car and locomotive (along with a few packs of brand-new Sharpies) will be with us so people can sign at each stop. Then the posters will be professionally framed and donated for display at the Car’s permanent home. We’ll post here and on social media to let you know where and when you can join a live chat, stop by to sign the posters, and become part of Abraham Lincoln’s enduring legacy.

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Please support us with a donation today and watch for updates as we plan this incredible journey into history!
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